NIGER DELTA, UGHELLI DIOCESE CLERGY, WIVES RETREAT AT IBRU CENTRE
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
THE retreat of the clergy and wives of Niger Delta Diocese was held at the Ibru Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State on October 10-15. Wives of the clergy of Ughelli Diocese also held a retreat on October 13-15.
The theme of the retreat of the clergy and wives of Niger Delta was “Focusing on Jesus” (Hebrew 12:2).
The purpose of the retreat, led by the Bishop and his wife, Rt. Rev. Ralph and Mrs. Ebirien, was to enable men of God and their wives reflect deeply on spiritual and national issues.
In the Bishop’s special address, he said the clergy should lead by example in all areas of Christian life including prayer, righteousness and the payment of tithes.
Prayers were offered for the leadership of the church and the nation. Christians were enjoined to place hope and confidence in Christ as sole helper in the race of faith.
The administration of President Jonathan was commended for piloting the affairs of the country.
The issue of insecurity and bad roads was raised with participants calling on government to protect the lives of citizens and expedite action on rebuilding bad roads to alleviate the suffering of travellers.
The opening communion service of Ughelli Diocese was celebrated by Chaplain of the Centre, Rev. Canon Gabriel Kpagban, who enjoined participants to be good stewards.
The theme of the retreat was “Stewardship” (I Cor. 3:10-15, Matt. 24:46-51). Other speakers were Rev. Ikolo and Ven. Ernest Onuoha (Rector of the Centre).
The Bishop of Ughelli Diocese, Rt. Rev. Cyril Odutemu, told participants to be faithful in tasks they have been assigned in their various parishes. He urged them to faithfully support their husbands’ ministry.
Before departure, the Bishop of Niger Delta Diocese, His Lordship Rt. Rev. Ebirien, on behalf of the diocese, made a donation of N1,000,000 for the purchase of a mowing machine for the centre.