God must have reason for Lagos Experience, says Muoka
The Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Revival Ministries just ended its yearly programme titled: Hope for the needy. The two-day event held at the headquarters church in Ijesha, Lagos, between November 20 and 21, 2021. On the last day of the event, the General Overseer of the church worldwide, Pastor Lazarus Muoka had audience with journalists and spoke on uniqueness of the annual event, the church’s 10 billion souls mandate and Lagos Experience, among others. CHRIS IREKAMBA was there.
What is the uniqueness of this year’s Hope for the needy?
The point is that the Bible says it is God that advanced Moses and Aaron and so every year there is advancement. This year alone, the number of people that came for the programme outnumbered what we used to experience. Then, the miracles God is doing here have advanced to another level by the grace of God.
What we didn’t experience last year, we experienced it this year and just yesterday (Saturday, November 20), we had a 27-year-old blind person, he was born blind, as he came to this programme, but God opened his eyes. You can see the uniqueness and why it is different from others, apart from that God did other marvelous things to His glory.
What has the church done so far to realise its 10 billion souls mandate?
By the special grace of God, the ministry has entered all the continents of the world and is still spreading. God has saved so many souls through this ministry over the world. As we had this programme here in Nigeria, many people all over the world are connected to this programme and they are calling from everywhere including China, America, Saudi Arabia. So, I believe that the world has been affected. They have heard us and we believe that the 10 billion souls mandate will be realised.
Currently, Nigerians are suffering because of the economic situation in the country; prices of food items have gone up. What then is the hope of the common man?
Well, Jesus Christ is our hope. In fact, God packaged all the blessings that were lost in the Garden of Eden and put everything on Christ to give back to humanity. Through His presence here today, all the needs of the people shall be met. No matter what they are going through God will bless them spiritually, physically, financially and otherwise. In fact, He is going to meet their needs, after this programme, as they walk out of this place they shall be different from others because their needs shall be met by heaven.
The yearly Mgbidi crusade, which usually holds every January in Imo State is now going to hold in Lagos State and it’s tagged Lagos Experience. What informed the church’s decision?
As you know, the Bible says those that are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. We are led to have this programme in Lagos and God must have reason for it. We are going to have it from January 6, 7, 8 and 9, 2022. The point is we can’t be having it here and at the same time have it in Mgbidi. People who are unable to attend can connect online and view it from other places. The issue is that it is Lagos Experience.
After Lagos Experience is the church replicating a similar thing in other states of the federation?
We can only obey God as He leads us. In other words, we work according to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
The notion is that insecurity in Southeast forced the church to shift the yearly Mgbidi crusade to Lagos, what is your take on this?
Whatever we do, we do all to the glory of God. We don’t do anything to please man, rather, we do everything according to the will of God and the will of God is not the will of man. So, whatever God has decided to do we are going to work, according to His will.
Who are the dignitaries expected to grace the Lagos Experience?
You know the crusade is for all and we are expecting everybody to be there. However, we are going to extend our invitation to some personalities. On what the church is doing to take care of the less privileged persons, we have arms in the church such as welfare department and their responsibility is to take care of the needy and those that have different challenges.
The church’s Thursday programme is like a mini-crusade and Lagos is the only state that is enjoying it. Is there anything the church could do to make it go round?
By the special grace of God we are going to do something about it and make sure that every state is carried along.
Senator Rochas Okorocha is vying to be president in 2023 and already, a group of Archbishops, Bishops and Imams are supporting his candidature. Do you think he is a credible candidate for 2023 general elections?
I’m not a politician, and it’s only politicians that can decide who is a credible candidate or not. Since I’m not a politician, I will not be able to say otherwise.
Do you have any prophetic insight for 2023 and what would be your advice to those in authority?
All I want to say is that God will have His way. As you know, what God has determined shall be done. Prophecies of end time will continue to be fulfilled. God has plans for humanity and Jesus is coming to rapture the church and God is expecting that we should get ready for it when it comes. That is the prophecy I want to give.
My advise to our leaders in Nigeria is that everyone should have the fear of God, rule in the fear of God and do everything in His fear. They should understand that except the Lord builds the house the builders build in vain. If they have the fear of God and submit to Him, He will take care of the nation.