Report on Samuel Ochengele's Ministry in Nigeria

On-the-ground sources in Nigeria provided most of the information in this report, one of whom said, "This information is given to help wounded and traumatized pilgrims."

Commentary on this report shows correlations between Samuel's behavior and the article, Robert Lifton's Criteria for Thought Reform, in which similar parallels are made with the Assembly ministry of George Geftakys. We hope that by some means the believers in the Otukpo Assemblies may be assured that a voice has been raised against the wrongs Samuel Ochenjele has committed against them. 

Lack of Accountability, Diversion of Funds
Lying and Suppressing the Truth
Inappropriate Exercise of Spiritual Authority
History of Samuel Ochenjele's Ministry


Lack of Accountability, Diversion of Funds

Lying and Suppressing the Truth

Someone in Nigeria wrote,

"Ignorance is the force used by the spirit of oppression to maintain control. Sometime ago when we were still in the Assembly, Samuel came from a Workers Conference in Colorado and told us that Roger Grant, a computer scientist in America, gave a teaching on the satanic nature of the internet, which is why many don’t use the internet. Roger brought a videocassette titled “Revelation” in which a computer program, called 'Virtual Reality', can cause a user to appear in any part of the world he desires." [Ed: This seems to refer to the movie, Apocalypse II: Revelation, in which virtual reality is portrayed as a step toward creating a direct interface with the human mind, a frightening prospect indeed.]

George Geftakys no doubt instructed Roger to bring a message denouncing the internet. Prior to 2003, this was spin control to prevent people from reading the reports about the Assembly and David Geftakys on the Rick Ross website, and an obvious example of "milieu control". After January, 2003, Samuel and others used it to keep people off this website where they would learn the whole story about GG's excommunication and the major problems with the Assembly.

Roger was one of the original Leading Brothers in the Chicago Assembly, and a Worker who always accompanied GG on the African leg of his annual journeys. That he would be persuaded by George to participate in the spin-control to the extent of presenting such a misleading impression of the internet to the Workers shows how deeply George's lack of ethics pervaded the thinking of his associates. Roger was also directly involved in Kristin's situation, and turned a blind eye to thinly-veiled lascivious correspondence from George being carried on before his very eyes.

Inappropriate Exercise of Spiritual Authority

Samuel has no accountability to anyone present in Otukpo. He has no peers. His network of American connections and his comparative wealth set him above the local people. He makes decisions and judgments independently of the Leading Brothers in the Otukpo Assembly.

Assessment

We urge the Nigerian brethren to read this website and become informed about the Assemblies. Learn the facts about the excommunication of George Geftakys and the errors, the abuses, and the cultic control of the Geftakys' ministry, perpetrated not only by George Geftakys himself, but also by the leaders he trained.

See also the Commentary on the Report from Nigeria which spells out how the cultic practices of the Geftakys Assemblies in the USA have been exported overseas.

Samuel Ochenjele's behavior that has been reported here is not worthy of a true under-shepherd of our Lord Jesus. Jesus is very clear how his servants are to lead:

"You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. BUT IT SHALL NOT BE SO WITH YOU...Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave..." Matt 22.

Taking unscriptural authority over God's people and teaching other men to do so is one of the most wrong and damaging aspects of George Geftakys' legacy.

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Comments from Readers:

Anonymous in Nigeria: I am writing these words with the hope that it will help shed more light on what is really happening. Samuel needs to do what he is doing or has done to survive - it is he way of sustaining his lifestyle. Yes, there is much concern for the children born and raised in the Assemblies, here in Africa as well as in the USA. There is no difference between G. Geftakys and Samuel Ochenjele, except perhaps only in the immorality of GG. Everything that applies in the Assemblies there in the USA is the same here in the Assemblies that Samuel leads. They have isolated themselves from the rest body of Christ and are very much being controlled in an occultic manner.

Wayne Mathews: There were problems on both sides about the medical equipment. What began as a sincere attempt to help the needy in Otukpo ended as a bitter feud. I was grieving that it became that. Samuel initially thought with his contacts in high places the equipment could be duty free, but at the same time, the Nigerian government started cracking down on corruption of officials who were declaring charitable imports and pocketing the customs fees as personal profits.

The only other comment I have regarding the condition of the equipment and expired medications is that the shipment was first delayed for several months by U.S. customs for inspection (paid for by U.S. brethren), and then delayed several more months in Lagos, Nigeria, where it sat in hot dusty warehouses. This no doubt affected the state of the equipment. I can personally attest that the equipment on the U.S. side was carefully packed and tested for function before it left. On another note, several thousand dollars of useful medical equipment, colonoscopes, operating equipment, pulse oximeters, etc. were brought by myself, Dr. Gordon Kim and Dr. Tom Hines in our medical visit working with Dr. Sunday. This was fully functional, top of the line stuff and given to Sunday by us, including training to use it.


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