A typical New Years celebration is customarily described by outrageous parties, fancy attire, and the consuming of champagne. It’s not usual to hear about a group of people finding fun and joy in congregating together to give thanks and praise in a church as they ring in the New Year. However the devout followers of Christ Embassy did exactly that in a way that can only be described as awe inspiring and grand.
The New Years eve celebration was a compilation of uplifting songs, sermons, and the celebration of the church’s success over the past year. Through Christ Embassy’s growth and integration of technology, members were able to participate in the joyful occasion from all over the world and watch as the founder, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, excited the crowd with his moving words of faith and fulfillment and gave thanks and praise to their Lord.
One of his largest triumphs of 2017 was the distribution of 1.3 billion copies of Rhapsody of Realities, a bible study and daily devotional guide that the Church circulates in more than 900 languages all over the world. The guide helps Christ Embassy bring information and positive enlightenment to areas of the world that may be in need of spiritual guidance and direction. Pastor Chris also spoke about the programs the church offers in their various communities. Inner City Mission is a program to support inner city children and youth who are impoverished and in need of sustainable resolutions. He also praised the success of The Healing School organization, a ministry held in South Africa and Canada that allows individuals to come together for faith ministry and to obtain and view spiritual miracles.
The festivities continued with a jubilant chorus singing the anthem for the Believers Loveworld Incorporation (BLW). Believers Loveworld is another branch created by Pastor Chris that divers the message of God to men and woman internationally seeking the word of God. The anthem reflects their statement of inclusiveness with lyrics of love and coming together as a large family. The crowd was inspired and uplifted by the beautiful song bringing a deeper connection to the occasion.
The event moved on to honoring the Future African Leaders Awards, these recipients are young progressive leaders working to make an impactful difference in their communities. The signature prize winner was Naomi Ekpoki Aliyu who was overwhelmed and humbled by the honor. She expressed great joy in receiving the award and being on stage with Pastor Chris, a man she feels has an intimate connection to the spirit of God. Soon after Martin PK performed his award winning gospel Beautiful Jesus followed by a presentation from Sinach, award-winning gospel singer, songwriter, and senior worship leader for Believers Loveworld. Her songs were so powerful that it inspired other pastors from Believers Loveworld and Christ Embassy to join her on stage and sing in unabashed elation for the blessings from their Lord.
As the exhilarating evening began to come to a close, the prestigious Pastor Chris spoke to the congregation and followers worldwide about the grace he expects for the Church in the new year. He spoke of the blessings they are thankful for from the Lord and gave praise to the positive future God will grant the members. His sermon was appreciative, humble, and filled with positive affirmations that caused the room to swell with joy and hopefulness. The event was not the traditional scene that is presented when describing a New Years celebration, but for those who were present to enjoy and witness the celebration it was the best way to ring in the new year.