The ceremony has been an annual event over the years. Men and women of God from various denominations offered strategic prayers of thanksgiving and deliverance for the three arms of government: the Executive, Judiciary and Legislature. They also thanked God for the peaceful outcome of the March 2018 general and presidential elections and the nationwide stability.
Prayers were also offered for the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and for the economy; for investors, mineral resources to be of use to the people of this country, for banks and related financial institutions to grow and compete healthily. Prayers were also offered for the well-being and prosperity of the Local Government Ministry and its functionaries: Provincial Secretaries, District Officers, Chief Administrators, Mayors, District Council Chairpersons and Councilors; the Judiciary: Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the Chief Justice, Judges, Magistrates, Lawyers, Magistrates and Local Court functionaries; the Foreign Affairs Ministry: International Community and Diplomatic Corps, Embassies and Sierra Leoneans living in the Diaspora; the Health Ministry: Nurses and Doctors; the Human Resource development; individual homes and families including the youth, aged, and married couples; the Law Enforcement Agencies: Police, Army, Fire Force, Auxiliary Security Agencies, Chiefdom Police, Correctional Service Officials; Patriotism: the nation in entirety, and the Body of Christ-SL, to name a few.
Among men and women of God present at the auspicious and well-attended crusade were, Reverend Acha Campbell, of Methodist Church-SL, who offered the prayer for Patriotism including love for one another, respect for authority and change of attitude-putting Sierra Leone above self. The Reverend prayed against the spirit of tribalism; quoting the Book of 1John 4 which teaches about ‘love’.
The host Minister, Pastor Francis A.M Mambu emphatically prayed against the spirit of tribalism and regionalism, among other burning issues in his prophetic declarations into the womb of the nation, for a new Sierra Leone, alongside other servants of God from various denominations including citizens and foreign nationals. The all-night thanksgiving ceremony was segmented into four phases, coupled with twenty one prophetic trumpet blasts signifying victory over the powers of darkness that are believed to have seated on the nation’s destiny. Despite the low turnout, many citizens believe that the prayer for attitude change and the prayer against tribalism and regionalism are timely and important, considering the political atmosphere surrounding the nation at the moment.
Cabinet ministers, Members of Parliament and the leader of the opposition All People’s Congress party, Dr. Samura Mathew Wilson Kamara were also in attendance. The Mayor of the Freetown Municipality was represented by a Ward Councilor.
A very interesting poem was read by the Minister of Works, Housing and Infrastructure, Raymond De Souza George, represented by his wife.
According to Pastor Mambu, it is the first time for such a large number of politicians to honor such a biblical event. “It is an indication of God’s readiness for a turnaround of this nation”, the servant of God remarked.