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News » 10th Anniversary: Okoh marvelled, rates Amichi diocese grade one... doles out N1

Mon Jan 14 2019 - VEN. CHUKWUEBUKA CHUKWUEMEKA

Apparently enthused and excited with the matchless milestones in Amichi diocese, Nnewi South local government council Area of Anambra State, the Metropolitan, Archbishop, and Primate of All Nigeria (Anglican Communion) His Grace, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh has publicly declared that Anglican Bishop of Amichi diocese. His Lordship, the Rt. Rev. Ephriam Okechukwu and his wife, Dame Nkem Ikeakor are exceptionally wonderful servants of the Most High God. Expressing his boundless joy, happiness and satisfaction with a number of envious developmental projects within the last ten years of inauguration of Amichi diocese and their eventful ten years episcopacy, Most Rev Nicholas Okoh, who officiated the just ended 10th anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Amichi under its pioneer and dynamic Bishop, The Rt. Rev. Ephraim Okechukwu and wife, Dame Nkem Ikeakor noted with excitement what he saw on the ground. At the various institutions of the diocese he visited either to perform official commissioning ceremony of projects or meet with the students such as at the Holy Child Convent Amichi, Masters Vessel Seminary Osumenyi, College of Nursing Sciences Amichi, Most Rev. Okoh showered the Bishop and wife with commendations, even as he extended the same eulogy to those who noted facilitated the efforts of the bishop. Beaming with similes for the record-breaking accomplishments on ground, Most Rev. Okoh instantly pronounced elevation of Amichi Diocese to a grade one status in the church of Nigeria. To further show his appreciation and support for the life-transforming projects going on in the Diocese, Archbishop Okoh gave one million Naira (N1m) for projects at the diocesan College of Nursing Sciences, Amichi. He made the donation on Sunday 13th January 2019 shortly after he delivered what could be termed a masterpiece of Primatial sermon to round off the week-long activities that drew men and women of means and resources, captains of industry, political heavyweights other movers and shakers in the society. He pointedly told Bishop Ikeakor and wife that ‘‘you have a responsibility in the church of Nigeria’’. Most Rev. Okoh, who said that he was on his second visit to Amichi said that his second visit was very rewarding as a number of capital development projects have sprung up. He congratulated the Bishop and wife and the Diocesan Board for the feat recorded in the diocese of Amichi, adding that he was elated for the journey of faith in the diocese so far. He expressed appreciation over the sincerity of purpose by the Bishop and wife, preaching that there are some working with inordinate motive, hoping to get one thing or the other. He said that if such workers find out that they can’t get what they want, they start causing confusion in the church but prayed that such people would not be found in the diocese of Amichi. He warned those who allow themselves to be used by the devil to foment trouble to desist otherwise they will be divinely disgraced. The church is not such people’s personal property. Quoting Psalm 113 to buttress his revealing sermon, Archbishop Okoh challenged the people and members of the diocese to hold tenaciously and not let go what God has given them. ‘‘So Amichi people, I want to give you my own charge that what you have been given, you handle it very carefully and jealously.” Advising further, he said that Christians should always bear in mind that they are in the world but not of the world as is captured in 1st John 4:4. He told parishioners that in the body of Christ, functions are divided between the pastors and congregations. He called on the affluent in the society to be identifying with God’s works, adding that the laity would not leave the work of evangelism to the clergy alone. ‘‘Support the work that the clergy do’’, he urged, because this work is not one person’s work. He said that the Anglican church is a bible-based church and urged the members to make the Bible their breakfast to grow spiritually sound so that we read the Bible, we preach the Bible and grab it for daily meditation. He called on Christians, especially Anglican faithful not to allow anybody to take away the Bible from them. “No matter the situation, hold on to the Bible”, he repeatedly advised.