From the Superintendent's DESK
The 2023 Apostolic Faith Australia camp meeting began on Sunday, September 24, and continued through October 1. The camp meeting, themed “Let Me Now Be Weighed in an Even Balance,” was held virtually with attendees from different parts of Australia, including New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, and Queensland. In addition, others joined from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Nigeria. The following report was written by two of the participants, Foluke Olagookun and Michael Chiutare.
The first day started with various Sunday school classes. Clement Ogugua from Melbourne taught the adult class lesson on “God’s Protection.” Afterward, the morning service began with an organ prelude and music presented by brethren from Melbourne. The orchestra played “Ciribiribin” and “All Hail King Jesus” and the choir sang “Cry Out and Shout” and “Great Is the Lord.”
The service continued with the Sydney choir singing “Let Your Glory Fall.” Then the Sydney Pastor, Ernest Akerejola, led the congregation in the song service, which concluded with “Search Me, O God.” During the announcements, greetings were read from Superintendent General Darrel Lee and others. The Sydney group offered another song, “Come Holy Spirit,” and then Frank Igweonu, the group leader in Melbourne, gave the Bible reading from Hebrews 12:1-4.
Before the message, the Melbourne choir presented a revival medley of “Lord, Send Down Revival.” Sam Ajayi, Director of Australia Work, gave the message, taking his text from Job 31:3-6, which is also the theme of the 2023 Australia camp meeting. He stated that Scripture compares Christians to runners in 1 Corinthians 9:24, fighters in 1 Timothy 6:12, and one who takes flight in 1 Corinthians 15:52. He noted that all of these must be mindful of how much weight they are carrying, and admonished everyone to lay aside spiritual excess weight and to conform to God’s balanced scale.
The morning service was only the start of the wonderful revival the Lord brought during the camp meeting. That evening’s message was on the power and efficacy of the Blood of Jesus. It brought out that the Blood purifies everything and is necessary for all—even the altar in the sanctuary. When the Blood of Jesus touches a life, it changes that life and gives a bundle of blessings that extend to children, grandchildren, family, work colleagues, and others. It is an all-purpose Blood!
The Lord gave a great spiritual feast during the week. In addition to the teachings on camp theme, on Monday, Emmanuel Tshuma brought a message on “Ask for the Real Thing.” On Tuesday and Thursday, Brother Ernest gave messages on “A Day of Reckoning” and “The Revelations of God.” Wednesday’s message was given by Clement Asogwa on “Hidden Manna,” and on Friday, Lekan Olagookun preached on “God’s Restoration.”
From the start of the week, every meeting was marked by prolonged and intense prayer services. Also, many testified to experiencing a mighty touch from on high, including being reanointed and healed. In addition, three testified to receiving salvation and one was sanctified. One brother from Melbourne told how the Lord showed him the way. He emphasized that God gave him his own camp meeting blessing during the first service by giving him an everlasting promise. Another brother from Broome, Western Australia, told how merciful God had been in helping him at work. The result was recognition and a promotion. A sister testified about how her former church split due to inner wranglings. When she came to the Apostolic Faith Church, she was surprised by the love she felt among the people. Though she has experienced many life challenges, including the death of her husband, daughter, and son, she is strengthened by the Lord and looks forward to seeing her family again in Heaven.
As the camp meeting came to an end, we were full of gratitude for the mighty things God had done for us, the value of which only God’s record holds. We appreciate the prayers of God’s people on our behalf.