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Getting Ready: Holy Ghost Night at Lagos Redemption Camp

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Atlas of Pentecostalism
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Pentecostal Christians believe that the Holy Spirit is here and now. An estimated 35,000 people join...

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'Bible is the bread of life and it never becomes stale,' notes the sign placed alongside a much smaller notice for Nigeria's Lagbus bus service. Image by Richard Vijgen. Nigeria, 2013.

Every month, on Holy Ghost night, between 300,000 and 500,000 people flock to the RCCG Redemption Camp along the Lagos Ibadan Expressway in Nigeria, blocking traffic in both directions for hours. The camp is also known as "the new Mecca of Christianity" and houses the international headquarters of the Redeemed Christian Church of God.

RCCG is the largest Pentecostal church in Nigeria, with parishes in 165 countries. Believers flock to the site to experience the Holy Spirit and receive blessings during the sermons of their charismatic leader pastor E.A. Adeboye. During the special annual Holy Ghost Congress in December, the number of visitors exceeds one million and includes countless international guests, business elites and the president of Nigeria.

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