Mary Ekah
All is set for this year’s edition of the annual Marathon Messiah’s Praise, the world’s longest annual non-stop gospel musical event to commemorate the 75th birthday anniversary of the General Overseer, Worldwide, Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye.

Speaking during a press conference to announce this year’s event, the Personal Assistant (PA) to Pastor Adeboye, Mr. Oluwagbemileke Adeboye, said the programme was aimed at, “Expressing our gratitude to God for His mercy upon the life of our father, Pastor E. A. Adeboye and creating a new pattern of praise in this dispensation.”

The praise event he said would be holding in eight countries this year as men from all walks of life gather to praise and worship God for 75 hours non-stop across five different continents. The countries participating include Nigeria, Australia, Belgium, Canada, South Africa, Dubai, UK, and the USA.

Adeboye’s PA who said, “This is just a tip of the iceberg compared to where God is taking Marathon Messiah’s Praise,” explained that through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Marathon Messiah’s Praise, which is a programme of the National Young Adults and Youth Affairs of RCCG, was birthed in 2012 and started as 70 Hours Marathon Messiah’s Praise. In the years that followed, God helped to expand our horizons as the programme grew to 71 Hours, 72 Hours, 73 Hours and last year 74 Hours started the global breakthrough in two other countries outside Nigeria.

This year’s edition commencing at 12:00pm prompt on Monday, February 27 to 2:00pm on Thursday, March 2, 2017, he said was tagged ‘The Sovereign God’, adding that the, “The theme is borne out of the numerous wonderful and amazing testimonies that perfectly describe the life of Pastor E.A. Adeboye as what God and only God alone can do. How a little boy born into out-and-out poverty from a tiny village in the South Western part of Nigeria emerged as one of the world’s 50 most influential people in 2008 (Newsweek), and how a hopeless boy from a historically poor background was used by God to take a church with just 40 branches within Nigeria to over 20,000 branches in over 190 countries making the church one of the fastest growing religious organisations in the world- can only be acts of God that cannot be changed or questioned by God. This Sovereign God deserves our utmost praise.” He revealed further that over 140 worship leaders will be leading millions of worshippers across the globe through the eight stages in the countries where the programme will be taking place.

“The main stage will be at the Youth Centre in Redemption Camp, Nigeria while other stages outside Nigeria will be satellite stages while viewers can also log into the websitewww.mmpraise.org to view the schedule of ministration for all the countries. “Considering the nature of the programme, officiating would be on a shift basis. As we praise the Sovereign God across the globe, while the stages outside Nigeria will be ministering at their allocated time, there won’t be any activity on the Nigerian stage but the audience in Nigeria will join other worshippers in the other stages virtually as screens will be provided at the Youth Centre to view and join the other stages during their ministrations,” Adeboye said.