SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011
A GROWING CHURCH IN THE BUSH
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
The mandate of our Lord Jesus Christ in Mtt. 28v19: ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…’ was re-enacted on 9th July, 2011 at a very remote area in the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe. It was an occasion of naming the foundation stone of the Anglican Church of Pentecost in Ndiakeme, Umunwaizuzu in Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State.
In a brief service led by Ven. J. C. S Obinali, the church was named. In a sermon earlier Ven. C. C. Asha called on all Christians to be mindful on the materials they use in building God’s church. He argued that a time comes when all will be tested by fire. He encouraged all to work in the power of the Pentecost to ensure that the work of God grows from strength to strength.
Laying the foundation stone, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu promised to nurture the church until it is able to stand on its feet. Due to the place where the church was situated, he promised on behalf of the Diocese to extend medical care to the community. He therefore called on God to bless this growing church in the bush not to die.
Some prominent members that attended the service included, the immediate retired Bishop of Okigwe North Diocese and his wife, Rt. Rev. & Mrs. Alfred Nwaizuzu, Lady Chinyere Osuegbu wife of the incumbent Bishop, Ven. Ernest Onuoha, Rector Ibru Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Ven. Anyamele, among others.