Why do People Flock at Elele Pilgrimage Center?

                     By Vic Odarve

In spite of the weakening of Christian faith in our modern world nowadays, the monthly program among the faithful at Pilgrimage Centre, Elele town, Rivers State is still a big draw to thousands of Christians, and even non-Christians from all parts of Nigeria, Africa. Usually held every first Friday of the months, pilgrims come to the place for breaking of curses/yoke, pray for special favors such as healing from life- threatening illnesses, and for life-changing counseling and transformation. This power packed monthly celebration, brings all Nigerians from all walks of life to this place of worship.

Pilgrims attended the celebration

Pilgrims attended the celebration

Most Nigerians believe curses from ancestors such as shedding innocent blood, demonic societies, rituals and manipulations, and many others. The ministry runs the prayer to guide and teach the people how to free from satanic strongholds and complete freedom from curses and yoke. The pilgrims with the guidance of the priests, through prayers, provide sound, salient and scriptural insight on how to discover, destroy and be delivered from these evil power. The gatherings, they believe, lay them to be sincerely and completely free from curses and the yoke.

Easter Sunday celebration in Rivers State, Nigeria

Sunday celebration in Rivers State, Nigeria

While some are interested freeing the bondage on yoke and curses, others join the pilgrimage for special favors. Couples, barren or not, come and attend hoping to bear more kids. In Nigeria, most women do not embrace birth control as it goes against many of their cultures. That is why couples want to have as many children as they can. Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, and previous attempts by the government to encourage adults to have fewer children have failed. The United Nations has estimated that the population of Nigeria could grow from 160m to 400m by 2050. In some cases, sickly and some people who could not afford to see doctors also attend this spiritual celebration to seek miracles for healing and cure; others have also joined for the solution of their numerous problems such as, unemployment and fiscal troubles.

The peace that Jesus gives is not fragile like the peace the world gives.

Pilgrimage Center at Elele, Rivers State, Nigeria

Of course, higher intellectual in our modern society in the pursuit of peace and happiness yearns to do closer communion with God Almighty. These people, most of them suffer from heavy burdens in life and lifelong struggling in pain over the devils, feel the journey to this pilgrimage center more life fulfilling and challenging. They will receive life counseling and transformation; receive religious grace and peace of mind. There they seek, in concert with thousands of our Christian brethren, spiritual nourishment, and deliverance. Priests who have distinguished themselves are chosen and be used as instruments of such purpose. The pilgrimage symbolizes the return to our Creator and hopefully to find peace and tranquility of this troubled world. Like Solomon, with all its riches and glory, these pilgrims want to find peace by surrendering themselves to God.

Highlights of the pilgrimage activities are day and midnight masses, testimonies, and inspirational talks from Catholic priests and bishops. Father Edeh, a Catholic priest and a man of deep religious faith, is the founder of the pilgrimage center. He is a household name in the area of breaking of curses/yokes, and healing of the sick through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. His miraculous works remain very popular and unequaled in the history of the Catholic Church in Nigeria. His counseling and teaching have molded the daily lives of these multitudes, giving them spiritual and moral guidance, certainty, and comfort.

With all the confusion of life and broken dreams from curses and yoke; asking special favors and healing; one must join the pilgrimage to Pilgrimage Centre at Catholic Prayer Ministry of the Holy Spirit at Elele, Rivers State, Nigeria, and the largest pilgrimage center in Africa. Attending this power packed monthly celebration will bring you peace with God.

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Easter Sunday Celebration with Father Edeh

                      By Vic Odarve

Like all other Christians across the world, Father Edeh celebrated Easter Sunday with Eucharistic mass and charitable works. As always in the past the homily reminded the faithful, that it is the resurrection that gives life and hope to every Christian believer.

Easter Sunday celebration in Rivers State, Nigeria

Easter Sunday celebration in Rivers State, Nigeria

Jesus resurrection, an event around 2000 years ago, gives hope to people around the world  to change for a better and challenging life. They also want to resurrect their lives from the deadly trap of the evil. Some Christians are living dead! Living in the midst of corruptions in our wicked world! They are the modern Pharisees; religious outside, but rotten inside. But Jesus says, “I am the resurrection; whoever believes in me, though he dies, shall live.”- John

Father Edeh distributed foods and drinks

Father Edeh distributed foods and drinks

11:25. With this reminder, Christians rebirth and change for a better. Resurrection is one of the biblical events that shape human history.

Last Easter Sunday at the Catholic Prayer Ministry, Elele, Rivers State, Nigeria, Africa, an estimated 6000 people, young and old alike, flocked to celebrate the day with a religious man they fondly called Father Edeh by the Nigerian. After a Eucharistic mass, Father Edeh prepared,

Pilgrims attended the celebration

Pilgrims attended the celebration

packed lunch and soft drinks and distributed to everyone who attended the celebration. Thus, all the people were filled with joy.

Father Edeh has done this activity every Easter Sunday celebration of the year.  Like Mother Theresa did in the streets of Mumbai and Calcutta, he lifts and kindles the hearts of our poor brothers and sisters in Nigeria, Africa and in the process strengthens their faiths in our Lord Jesus. It’s a wonderful job. He has done what our Lord has commanded to us. Jesus says” What you have done to the least of your brothers, you have done it unto me.”He has done it.

Father Edeh is the director and Father Founder of the Catholic Prayer Ministry of the Holy Spirit of the Eucharistic Adoration Elele, Nigeria. Like most famous religious leader, he celebrates Easter Sunday on charitable works.

Money; A Source of Evil or a Blessing?

                                            By Vic Odarve

Like a coin with two sides, money can be either an evil or a blessing. Money can make your life easier; sustains your family everyday needs, spending children’s education, and many more. It can be considered as a gift from God and spending it wisely can be used to bless others; hence makes somebody holy. However, unwise handling may lead to a world of chaos and desperation….. downfall of oneself. Money is indeed a double sharp bladed sword and truly powerful!

Billionaire Bill Gates

Billionaire Bill Gates

Everybody needs money. No doubt. An evangelist requires his supporter to give tithes in a form of money to sustain his preaching activity and payment of the slot in radio and television. Sectarian schools raise money to improve educational programs and meet the demands of the changing environments pertaining to education. To some extent, most people need money to pay their pension plan and open a savings account because no one really knows how long a person lives. We are getting older about the passing years and the savings can be used when we cross that awful frail “elderly” age. It is a reality that everyone must accept. It could be a deplorable state if without a money.

New Year's Day Celebration-Father Edeh feeds thousands of pilgrims

New Year’s Day Celebration-Father Edeh feeds thousands of pilgrims

However, when viewed as a gift from God, we can be closer to Him…carrying out our responsibility as Christian to share generously with the less fortunate brothers. God does command… be your brother’s keeper! Billionaires like David Rockefeller, Ted Turner, Michael Bloomberg, had set up foundations and/or partnership programs “saving lives” everywhere their money reaches; heavily donated to depopulation efforts and charities to the needy. In Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Edeh, one of the most revered men of God and one of a powerful and influential religious leader in Africa, establishes several educational institutions to provide opportunities for the handicapped and less privileged members of the society to acquire education free of charge; demonstrate practical and effective charity that will lead to peace in the heart of many in the modern world. These are truly works of God and these make them brother’s keeper!

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Father Edeh of Nigeria

Yes, money too, is dangerous. Money becomes evil when people love it more than God. People fall into temptation and trap into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge their lives into ruin and destruction; wandered from the faith of God and this led to their downfall.  You become a slave and money is your master. The craving for wealth and possessions can lead into all kinds of temptation. Because of this, people often spend nights of cocktails drinking and dancing with friends to the extent that they deprive their families of love and attention.

Hence, money can be either evil or a blessing. It really depends on how people spend it. Those who have been blessed with wealth like Bill Gates and Father Edeh who shared generously with the poor saw money as a vehicle to be used to serve our Maker. But for those who love money to finance and support terrorist activities put themselves in damnation. In the end of days, somebody will come to judge the living and the dead;

20 He who has declared all this says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20

The choice is yours and is irrevocable; to spend money wisely or not, for we will see Him face to face in the final judgment.