SUNDAY, JULY 17, 2011
IBRU RETREAT CENTRE FELICITATES WITH DIOCESE OF ASABA
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
The saying ‘one good turn deserves another’ played itself out on Friday 8th of July, when a ‘high powered’ delegate from the Ibru Ecumenical Centre felicitated with the Diocese of Asaba at the dedication ceremony of their orphanage/motherless babies home. It was the Diocese of Asaba who donated the money with which the centre built her website (www.ibrucentre.org). The delegation was led by the Rector, Ven. (Barr) Ernest Onuoha and the Chaplain Rev. Canon Gabriel Kpagban.
The ceremony which was held at the All Saints Church compound at Asaba had the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, The Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh and the Archbishop of Bendel Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Friday Imaekhai (Ph.D) in attendance.
In his sermon, the Primate of the Church of Nigeria commended the bishop of the diocese and his wife, Rt. Rev. & Mrs. J. N. Mogekwu for building such a structure that will build up children that could have been lost. He said since Christians are born again to serve God, everyone should find himself or herself doing something good for the Lord. Quoting from Eph. 2:10, he admonished children of God to work hard to accomplish their ministry the way the committee that built the centre did. He prayed that Jesus, the lover of babies will stay in the orphanage with the babies.
The history of the orphanage dated back to 2009 when the Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh, then the Archbishop of Bendel Province/Bishop of Asaba Diocese approved the construction of the home with the aim to giving Christian shelter to newly born babies who for some reasons cannot be nursed by their own mothers and then put them up for adoption. Also to afford Anglicans an opportunity to discharge their Christian duty of caring for the less fortunate as demanded by the scriptures.
After Okoh became the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Bishop Julius Nnaemeka Mogekwu who took over as the Bishop of Asaba embraced the project and promoted it vigorously and completed it.
The home was then dedicated by Primate, Okoh as prayers were offered for the success of the home.