International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 7, Issue 7 (2020)

Pentecostalism and rural development in Ikwerreland, Niger Delta, Nigeria


Onu Ben O

The coming of the church in Ikwerreland in the closing years of 19th century and growth of Pentecostalism in the 1930s marked a change in the drive by the people to add value to their culture, as rural development in most cases reflects the response of local people to the changes in their social environment. The concept and development of Pentecostalism, as well as rural development provide the platform for our discussion. This paper examined the contributions of Pentecostal churches to the development of rural communities in Ikwerreland, Niger Delta, Nigeria. Again, it investigated the effect of rural development projects of Pentecostal churches in Ikwerreland. Applying descriptive method, the research revealed that Pentecostal churches has demonstrated commitment in the development of rural communities in Ikwerreland in terms of education, infrastructure, healthcare, agriculture, social, welfare and evangelism. The contributions of Omega Power Ministry (OPM) are unparallel with their emphasis on free education and other social action services. However, significant impact is yet to be noticed in road maintenance, power supply and security. The paper therefore, recommended that while the present efforts of Pentecostal churches in Ikwerreland are sustained, the security of lives and properties in the area should not be neglected
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