Each year, the Redeemed Christian Church of God has its annual convention of the Americas in Floyd, Texas, typically bringing together 15,000 to 18,000 people from across North / South America and the Caribbean in the small unincorporated community. .
RCCG Church is a fast growing Pentecostal denomination that was founded in Nigeria in the 1950s, and its campus in Floyd includes an auditorium that can seat over 20,000 people.
This year, however, due to COVID-19, the church’s convention (which started Wednesday and continued through Friday) was mostly virtual, with around 5,000 church worshipers visiting the Hunt County.
“We have implemented the entire COVID-19 protocol this year,” said Dr Funmi Adeyemi, one of the church campus pastors in Floyd. “People had to have their temperature checked before entering the auditorium, we had disinfectant installed everywhere and we all wear masks. With fewer people, we also placed the chairs in our building farther apart. “
During their week of convention, the church also worked to help the health of the community by hosting a health fair on Friday, where COVID-19 tests and free vaccinations were provided.
Although there were fewer people at this year’s convention, those in attendance and watching it practically enjoyed hearing from Church World Pastor General EA Adeboye, who came to Floyd from Nigeria for the convention.
Adeboye is a former math teacher who has headed the church since 1981. In his 40 years of leadership, the church has grown significantly, to include branches in nearly 200 countries around the world. .
In addition to the convention, the church also officially opened a new nonprofit on Thursday, called Hope For You, which is also located in Floyd. Hope For You is a distribution center where people in need can receive food, household items and other necessities, or get help with disaster relief.
The new non-profit association was dedicated to Adeboye on Thursday during his visit to the establishment.
Those who want more information about the services provided by Hope For You can visit the nonprofit organization’s website at www.hopeforyou.org or call 903-308-6288.