History Of Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries
The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries (MFM) is a Pentecostal organisation founded in Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria in 1989, now with churches in several English-speaking and non-English speaking countries. It was founded by Dr. Daniel Kolawole Olukoya (DKO).
The mission of MFM is to propagate the message of the Christian Scriptures around the world and to proclaim the salvation found in Christ. As a church, it seeks to convert lost souls and reconcile them with their Creator by instilling in them a sense of prophecy. By reminding mankind of their obligation to honor the Word and Power of God, MFM wishes to guide people with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
The revelation and prophecy of the Mountain Of Fire And Miracles Ministries came in 1977. Though it came in 1977, the church didn’t start until 1989 which was twelve years later
Daniel Kolawole Olukoya summoned a prayer meeting on a Wednesday in 1989. Twenty-four brethren showed up at the meeting. The venue of that meeting was Olukoyas’ living room.
After that meeting, he called for subsequent meetings.
With more and more people attending the prayer meetings, a larger location was required. The prayer meetings moved to #60, Old Yaba Road, Yaba, Lagos. Here, the crowd of believers grew necessitating yet another relocation.
The prayer group was offered and purchased an abandoned slum located at 13 Olasimbo Street, Onike, Yaba. It was a fairly large piece of land near the second gate of the University of Lagos. It has now been transformed into the International Headquarters of the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries of which Olukoya is the General Overseer. The name “Mountain of Fire & Miracles Ministries” was revealed to Olukoya during normal prayer and the church had its first service on April 24, 1994.
Even at the new location, believers and those seeking help kept coming leading to a very large congregation. This situation posed a challenge of crowd, growth and expansion management to the leadership of the church. Thus, MFM evolved a strategy of a network of branches in every state capital, local government headquarters, senatorial district and locality.
MFM is a Christian church. According to the group’s literature, it is committed to “the Revival of Apostolic Signs, Holy Ghost fireworks and the unlimited demonstration of the power of God to deliver to the uttermost”. As the name would imply, the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Ministries places a great emphasis on wonders, miracles and other Apostolic acts.
Olukoya describes MFM as “a do-it-yourself Gospel ministry where your hands are trained to wage war and your fingers to do battle, in prayers and supplication”. This militant tone is reflected throughout the teachings of MFM, where it calls upon members to become “aggressive Christians,”and some of the groups founded by MFM such as the Prayer Warriors, “Territorial Intercessors and God’s Violent Army.”
MFM Headquarters in Lagos claims to be the largest church in Africa, with “attendance of 200,000” in single meetings.