Pastor Sunday Adelaja

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pastorsunday-framedSunday Adelaja (Nigerian (RussianBelarussian and Ukrainian: Сандей Аделаджа) is the founder and senior pastor of the Embassy of God, an evangelical-charismatic megachurch[2] in KievUkraine. He immigrated to the USSR and Belarus as a scholarship student from Nigeria in 1986 to study journalism. After graduation and the breakdown of the USSR, he started several churches that he later handed over to other pastors before he moved from Belarus to Ukraine in December 1993.

After moving to Ukraine, he started a large network of churches known as the Embassy of God Church. The church is also active in Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Moldova, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, the United States and Uzbekistan.

Adelaja’s church, the Embassy of God, claims to have 25,000 members in Kiev alone. Adelaja’s church is also expanding abroad.[9]1,000 to 2,000 people are fed daily at the church’s “Stephania” soup kitchens in Kiev. The church also has a program helping homeless people acquiring skills, thus helping them back to a normal life and work. According to the church 2,000 children have been helped off the street, and have been returned to their families. Furthermore the church runs a 24 hour hot-line, named “Trust line”,[10] for people to call in need. The church also works with addicted people and has a program helping addicted people to be set free from various addictions. The main organization is called “Love Rehabilitation Center”.[11] According to the church, more than 5000 drug and alcohol addicted people have been set free from their addiction through their work.[12][13]

 

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