This year’s Shiloh organised by the Living Faith Church Worldwide (a.k.a Winners Chapel) started on 4th of December and ended today, the 9th of December, 2018. In this piece, ANTHONY AWUNOR looks at the programme and the impact it has made over the years.
At the very beginning of the scriptures, God said in Genesis 1:27, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth”.
It is in recognition of dominance at the spiritual realm that made the theme of this year’s Shiloh: “Dominion”, very apt.
Shiloh is an annual prophetic and prayer gathering of the Living Faith Church Worldwide (a.k.a Winners Chapel) which started on 4th of December and ended on the 9th December, 2018.
The first Shiloh ever was organised 19 years ago in 1999 with the theme: “Encounter With Destiny”. It was adjudged a very successful spiritual event and members came from across the globe. The second edition in 2000 with the theme: Heaven On Earth” was also successful, attracting faithful from United States, United Kingdom, China, Japan, Canada, Brazil,, Togo, Argentina, Ghana, Camouron and other parts of the world.
From the outset, members see it as a mandatory spiritual event but after the first and second edition and due to the mammoth crowd that thronged the venue, the church felt that, those who may be unable to make it down physically to Canaanland can watch sessions of the programme via live streaming on the internet starting from a particular time of the day.
With Shiloh, the church has gradually transformed Ota town in Ogun State into a Pilgrimage where Christian faithful assemble once in a year. The recently held Shiloh has added, yet another success story to the several other editions which normally starts from early December every year.
This year’s experience according to members who attended, is not a story to be told but rather an event to be witnessed in spirit and in flesh.
Those who were there at Canaanland, said that what transpired within that 5-day pilgrimage leaves one to build stronger faith in God. In summary, many lives were changed, sicknesses cured, promotions received, souls saved, battles won, the undelivered delivered and unsaved became saved.
Such amazing transformations are no news to members of the Winners Chapel any longer because, to them, Shiloh is simply a season of turnaround.
Moreover, those who are familiar with the gathering and perhaps those who have been attending regularly, already have many inspiring stories to tell.
For example, a US-based Cameroonian; Christelle Abega who attended the 2013 edition of Shiloh was completely cured of a chronic stomach ulcer.
Narrating her experience, Abega recounted “In a bid to find a lasting solution, my family and I came to Nigeria for Shiloh 2013 to have an encounter with God of Bishop David Oyedepo. During one of the night sessions, as the Bishop ministered, I felt a strange power and discovered that I could move my legs. Suddenly, I got off the wheel chair and I was made perfectly whole”
Still in Shiloh 2013, Abraham Ifeanyi was completely healed of kidney disease and enlarged scrotum. Before that year’s Shiloh, Mr. Ifeanyi had been running helter skelter for over 366 days before the spirit of God directed him to try Shiloh. He obeyed and that singular obedience brought him out of the land of the dead to the land of the living. Ifeanyi was cured of his kidney and scrotum illnesses.
Abega and Ifeanyi are not alone on the Shiloh spiritual exploits; Akinbinu Victoria got her genotype changed from less genetically sophisticated SS to an AA status, while the eight years barrenness of Mr. and Mrs. Iyola Emmanuel were destroyed through the powerful prayers in the Shiloh 2013 and 2012 respectively.
Elated Mrs. Iyola while sharing her testimony before the mega church that has seating capacity of 50,400 people and an outside overflow capacity of over 250,000 said “I was privileged to be prayed for by Pastor Mrs. Faith Oyedepo. She shared a testimony of a woman that gave birth at the age of 53. That testimony hit me and I keyed into it. I said, ‘father, I am still young; you are going to bless me’, and He did. That year, the Lord changed our situation and we truly became father and mother of a nation”.
The above testimonies are just a tip of the iceberg. This year’s Shiloh has just ended today, 9th December, 2018 and in a few days, more testimonies will begin to manifest.
The members believe strongly that one cannot go to Shiloh and come back remaining the same. To them Shiloh season is a time for turnaround and also an ample opportunity to experience a change in their spiritual lives.
While expressing optimism for this year’s Shiloh, Vivian Onochie, a member of the church said “Shiloh 2018 starts today (4th) ! So I say to Winners family worldwide ‘Happy Shiloh!’ This Shiloh shall be a mountain of transfiguration, transformation, deliverance, healings, breakthrough, change of story, new levels and of course dominion as it’s been tagged by The God of Shiloh Himself. I pray for everyone participating and also for those we are standing in gap for in Jesus Christ mighty Name Amen”.
Advising participants for this year’s Shiloh will Mrs Onochie added “Position yourself for God alone, avoid distraction, be sensitive in the spirit to know when your own word comes. The bible makes it known to me that when Jacob’s word came, it changed everything about him and that of Israel as a whole” .
“My prayer is that no one will miss out in Jesus Christ Name Amen.”
Similarly, another member, John Olayinka who attended attested to the fact that nobody comes to Shiloh and goes back remaining the same.
Mr Olayinka said “I have been part of this event since inception. My brother, you cannot come here and remain the same. Try it next year and see”.
Aside praying and relating with God, there is also this background knowledge about Shiloh which is closely tied to the history of the church.
Bishop Oyedepo was said to have had an 18 hour vision from God. In this vision God spoke to him saying, “Now the hour has come to liberate the world from all oppressions of the devil, through the preaching of the Word of faith; and I am sending you to undertake this task”. Two years later the church was formed with four members 33 years ago.
Expectedly and due to the high vehicular movements during the programme, there were heavy traffic gridlocks on the Idiroko road that were perfectly managed especially on the first and second days into the event. Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and other security agencies, did a commendable job.
Meanwhile, members and non-members of the church have commended Winners Chapel for this year’s Shiloh tagged ‘Dominion’.
Shiloh 2018 organising committee and even the entire church members also conducted themselves in a decent manner that was expected of them.
The men of God who ministered alongside Bishop David Oyedepo and Mrs Faith Oyedepo at the annual event were Bishop Thomas Aremu and Bishop David Abioye among others.
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