It was two days to Christmas in 1989. The harmattan was on. Mrs. Alex Ibru and family were inside their serene and expensive Delta country home at Agbarha-Otor. Something made him leave the room for a graden chair in the patio.
Soon, he realized that God was inspiring him to give up his personal use of the vast country home and instead deploy it for spiritual use. It was clear dialogue with the Holy Spirit, and he returned to the lounge to disclose to his wife, Maiden and their children this experience and its content.
The reaction expectedly was disbelief. Mr. Alex Ibru had a choice either to give heed to this voice or not. There was no element of compulsion. But Maiden his wife and their children made to attempt to discourage him: Remember there had been before now a strong feeling of contentment at God’s generosity. Mr. Alex Ibru recalls.
The next couple of hours witnessed the conflict between the flesh and the spirit. To beat off succumbing to temptation, Mr. Ibru hit the road to Warri to discuss this strange experience with the Roman Catholic Bishop for a joint effort at discernment. After reflection, dialogue and prayer, it became clear that God entrusted Mr. Alex Ibru with a service. After that, Mr. Ibru finalized the decision to make the country home available as spiritual centre by the Christmas of 1989.
For the efficient and expensive usage, the centre was handed over to Trinity Foundation on March 1 1995.
It is interesting to note that Trinity Foundation is now fully under the control and management of Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion ably led by the Archbishop, Metropolitan and Primate of all Nigeria, His Grace, The Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba
The Venerable Dr. Princewill Ireoba is Rector of the Ibru Centre, Agbahar-Otor. He was appointed as Rector of the Centre by the then Primate of the Church of Nigeria, His Grace, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh in 2018.
Ven. Dr. Ireoba is…