Rev J J Emesin, Father of Igbo Pentecostal Revival is Dead : Igbo Mandate Congress Celebrates the transition of a gospel saint
Igbo Mandate Congress IMC announces the death of Rev Dr J J Emesin, father of Pentecostal revival in the South Eastern part of Nigeria.
This sad event took place on the 7th of December, 2015 at our Lord’s Hospital Ukpor, Anambra State, a day after he agreed to be admitted into a hospital, at the age of 80
Until his death, Rev Dr Emesin trained about eighty percent of notable gospel ministers from the South East before and after the civil war and his input was instrumental to the famous Pentecostal revival which broke out in the South East in the early seventies when preaching with Bible was a taboo in the Igbo dominated South Eastern Nigeria.. Rev Dr Emesin was the rallying point of the young generation of vibrant, tongue talking young men and women who abandoned the world and sought for Jesus as though there will be rapture the next day. He was based in Aguleri, Anambra State where he established a bible school. He lived an austere life and shunned all manners of pleasure while constantly crying for revival in Africa.
Rev Dr Emesin inculcated into them a sense of abandonment of self to Christ, and stood by them when the orthodox Catholic and Anglican Missions fought the revivalist movements. A highly educated personality, Pa Emerson got further training in the United States of America where he also established some mission stations before returning back to Nigeria after a few years.
Pa Rev Dr Emesin trained notable gospel ministers like Rev O Ezekiel, leader of Christian Pentecostal Mission CPM, Bishop Dr Paul Nwachukwu,, Leader of Grace of God Mission, Bishop Dr Edward Ezenwaforof Our Generation Gospel Ministries, Archbishop Dr A A Nwodika of Throne of Grace MissionBishop Benson Ezeokeke (late) of Salvation Gospel Mission, Bishop OC Dominic ,, Bishop Goddy Nnaji, Bishop Tim Obidike, among others.
Notable Bishops and Pastors from all over Nigeria, including late Archbishop Benson Idahosa occasionally sought counsel from the great sage.
Pa Rev JJ Emesin was well attended to by his personal assistant of twenty eight years, Rev Mike J Nnamekwe of God’s Nation Builders Pentecostal Mission, Aguleri , thirty minutes before he died. He also passed on some special messages to another of his prophetic son, Pastor Emma Okonkwo of Truth and Life Charismatic Gospel Mission, Enugu, ten days to his death.
The Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, South East Zone, and one of the sons of the prophet, Archbishop Professor David Ebelechukwu had set up a burial committee headed by Rev Alphonsus Ginikanwa to give the prophetic legend a befitting celebration of life.
Rev Dr Emesin also passed a message across to the Director General of Igbo Mandate Congress, Rev Obinna Akukwe through a son of the prophet, ten days before his death, an assignment which had been carried out already by the group.
Igbo Mandate Congress condoles with his younger sister and brother, Dr Mrs Ngozi Ajemba and Pastor Arthur Emesin respectively for the prophetic home going and takes consolation in the fact that an hour before he died at 3am, he told his PA and sister to go and rest because he himself wants to have a good rest.