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Seraph youths’ souls must continue to thirst for God – Odufuwa

Brother Olusegun Odufuwa JP is a member of the C & S Church of Christ ‘The Worshippers’, and also the chairman of the 2020 Convention planning committee, Youth Fellowship C&S Unification Church of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter.
In this interview, he shares with TINUOLA OSHUNTOKUN what participants should expect at the event.

Can we meet you sir?
I am the Founder of Superior Performance Global Network, a people-oriented organisation with the vision to improving the quality of human life for superior performance through the provision of help, hope and psychological support to young people and empowering them to succeed in life.
I am also a performance coach, speaker, mediator, counsellor and inspirational leader who is passionate about making a difference in other people’s lives as well as helping them achieve personal and professional goals.

As the chairman appointed to direct the affairs of the 21st Convention of the Lagos State Youth Fellowship. What is the experience like?

It has been a beautiful experience as it has afforded me the opportunity to serve and visit several churches as well as meet more people.

This year’s convention is so peculiar in the history of the Fellowship. Tell us more about the event?

Yes, it is a peculiar one in the history of the fellowship because traditionally its usually a 3-day event but due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we will be having a one-day event just to come together as a Fellowship to give glory to God Almighty for His love and protection towards us.
It is instructive to state that since the Coronavirus index case in Lagos, the state has been the epicenter of the virus due to comparatively large population, congestion and intricate land mass of Lagos.
More so, medical experts have concluded that human activity remains a major mobility through which COVID-19 is spread across boundaries.
It is in the light of this that the Lagos State Government directed all churches to shut down due to the large gatherings associated with their religious activities.
The directive by Lagos State Government, as at then, crippled all plans towards the 2020 Youth Convention leaving the committee handicapped.
All activities such as Football and other Sports Competition, Bible Quiz, Spelling Competition (Girls Only) in partnership with Good Women Congress, Seminar/Vocational Training, Walk for Christ Rally, Visit to Orphanage Homes/Prisons, Seraph Got Talent (Mini Concert) etc as well as proposed visitations to constituent churches and local divisions had to be put on hold.
In view of the development, the Lagos State Youth Fellowship Excos met with the Convention Committee to deliberate on the best possible way out.
It was at the meeting that a decision was reached to hold the Convention at the Praying Band C&S Church, Ijo Ita Balogun,N0 1, Akintan street, off LUTH Road, Mushin area of Lagos State due to its central location, space and capacity.
The Excos were also magnanimous in announcing that the 2020 Youth Convention will be Free and assured individuals who had paid the 2020 Camp Fee that their money would still be valid for next year camp in 2021.

Attendees are expectant and what should they look forward to?

It promises to be a ‘heaven meets earth’ atmosphere of praise, worship, drama and prayer as breakthrough, life transformation, deliverance, prosperity, healing awaits all attendees. We all should get ready for a total turnaround!

Tell us how you intend to execute all your plans in a night as against 3days programme.

We intend to make the best use of our limited time as the event will start with a Pre-Convention Event from 9.00pm to 11.30pm.
The Pre-Convention Event will feature – Registration of all attendees, Interactive Session, Presentation of Gift to Winners of the Essay Competition, Talent Hunt (Open Mic Session), March Past by Constituent Churches/Local Divisions, Drama Ministration and Open Quiz Session.
There will be a 15-minute break for attendees to connect with other like-minded youths who have the same goals and aspirations as well as prepare their minds for the Convention Service which will start by 11.45p.m.
A Menu-On-Arrival ticket will be presented to those that arrive early as finger-licking dishes will be served in a controlled buffet style.

You and your committee members must have sacrificed a lot in making the convention a reality. Share with us your challenges so far?

The journey so far has been a bitter-sweet experience. Our major challenge as a committee is hinged on the fact that we cannot execute all our plans for the Convention.
It was initially billed to be an upstaged version of all previous editions ever witnessed but the Coronavirus pandemic crippled all our innovative ideas.
Nevertheless, we still give glory to God for granting us the opportunity to still hold the convention for this year.
Permit me to specially appreciate the efforts of all members of the committee for their commitment, dedication and hard work towards the success of the convention.

The theme for this year’s convention is ‘Empowered For Exploits’. At this present age, are you saying Seraph Youths are yet to do exploits?

Not at all. Seraph youths have been doing great things and we are all proud of their exploits. However, the theme is to remind us of our Christ-like identity as we have been ordained by God to impact our world.
It is the presence of God in a man’s life that actually makes him strong and empowers him for great exploits.
Therefore, the theme is to charge us on the need to connect to our eternal source which is God. Let our souls thirst for God. Let us seek Him passionately like never before; live only for His purpose and righteousness, and our lives will become more meaningful and successful.
It is my prayer that God is going to turn every unwanted situation around every one of us into undeniable testimonies, in Jesus name!

What is the mode of registration to be part of the convention?

The event is free and registration is at the point of entry which is just for record purpose.

What will be the take home for those that will attend the event?

The world is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, but only those empowered by the Spirit can manifest as such.
It is our belief that after the convention service, many would have encountered God and their lives would have been positively impacted. Indeed, all attendees will go back home with miracles and testimonies to the greatness of God.
I, therefore, enjoin everyone to be a part of this life-changing event. Get ready to achieve extraordinary greatness from this day and beyond. BRACE UP! GOD IS READY! WE ARE READY!! ARE YOU READY!!!

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