The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, ICGC, Pastor Mensa Otabil, says the COVID-19 Pandemic presents the finest moment for Third World Countries in Africa to become industrialized.
Speaking on the first night of Greater Works Conference 2021, Pastor Otabil explained that it takes disruptions for opportunities to be created, urging African countries to capitalize on the space created.
“I believe COVID-19 is a strategic battle that Africa must fight and win”, he stressed.
Pastor Otabil indicated that owing to COVID-19 protocols, the church was compelled to shrink the 2021 Greater Works time period which hitherto lasted some four hours to two in line with recent protocols announced as part of measures to curb the pandemic.
The 1st day also saw music ministration performed by the Harmonious chorale and Regimental Band, Greater Works Praise team, and Hymns Choir as well as Sandra Huson Kelly.
This is the first time in two years that the Greater Works Conference is being organized, following the cancellation of the 2020 edition due to the coronavirus pandemic that resulted in a ban on religious and outdoor activities.
Speaking on the same night, Pastor Mensa Otabil officially marked the end of 40-Days of Power.
40-Days of Power is a fasting and prayer programme, where members of the International Central Gospel Church wait before the Lord for divine empowerment.
Speaking on the topic, ‘Just in Time’, the General Overseer said God is ushering His people into signs and supernatural breakthroughs.
He made reference to Joshua chapter 10 and explained, that Joshua decided to fight a battle not meant for him because it was strategic.
“Sometimes God will give you strategic fights to battle, if you see like Joshua, it’s God’s opportunity”.
Pastor Mensa Otabil reiterated his belief in the African and the black race to rise above the current challenges.
He said he is a full believer of the reason God made Africans black, adding, “God does not make mistakes”.
The General Overseer recalled, that even though Africa is liberated in line with Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s famous declaration, the continent does not appear to have won the economic battle and Africa is still “marching in the night”.
He said, although Africans have been struggling and there appears to be no end in sight, God’s “in time delivery system” will be handed over, and “suddenly” the tyranny and economic oppression will end.
He referred pessimists to the Chinese takeover of the world.
The church also spent time praying for Ghana, the African continent, and the world.