EVANGELICAL church the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) has denied reports that it has the highest number of single ladies in the country claiming that it has conducted over 150,000 weddings over the last decade.
Last week, it was revealed that MFM has the highest number of female parishioners compared with any other church in the country. However, in a swift rebuttal, Collins Edomaruse, the public relations officer at the church’s headquarters in Lagos, denied this saying that through its singles ministry known as Gen218, MFM has over the last decade organised 150,000 weddings through the forum.
He quoted the Pastor in charge of the programme, Pastor Gabriel Popoola, as saying that Gen218 offers training, teaching and guidance for bachelors and spinsters within the fold. According to Mr Edomaruse, MFM has a distinctive and well structured youth movement.
Mr Edomaruse said: “Here at the Mountain of Fire and Ministries, our singles ministry, Gen218, is based on the scripture in Genesis 2:18 which says it is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.
“It is an exciting and vibrant ministry attracting singles from all other denominations since its inception. It was established by our role models, Dr Daniel and Pastor Mrs Shade Olukoya. In the last decade, Gen218 has provided training, teaching and guidance to thousands of single men and women across Nigeria, Africa and all around the world.
“To its credit, over 150,000 weddings have occurred as a result of Gen218 fora. The false assumption that the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries has the largest number of female singles is baseless, erroneous and very misleading.”
He said that the youths and young adults of the ministry, under the leadership of the general overseer, had distinguished themselves as leaders in the fields of academia, music and sports with laurels to back these up. Mr Edomaruse therefore, described as fallacious the assumption that the MFM ministries had the largest number of single females.
“Thousands of weddings hold on a weekly basis both at regional and branch levels. Dr Olukoya and the Mountain of Fire and Miracles ministries have never stated that single men and women within this ministry should only marry within the ministry.
“We encourage and actively support all spinsters and bachelors, regardless of denomination to build their relationships on biblical standards. We strongly advise all our single men and women to marry fellow believers within the Christian faith, who equally believe in Christ’s redemption plan and we believe this is God’s will for marriage and is the best foundation for a successful and a Godly marriage,” Mr Edomaruse added.