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News » A good family life is the backbone of a successful ministry-Bishop Ikeakor

Wed Jan 01 2020 - VEN. CHUKWUEBUKA CHUKWUEMEKA

A stable family and a life of contentment have been identified as prerequisite for a successful ministry. This revelation was made by His lordship, The Rt. Rev'd. Ephraim Okechukwu Ikeakor of the Anglican Diocese of Amichi.

Bishop Ikeakor made this revelation while addressing a gathering of church workers and their wives during the 2019 end of the year get together held recently at the Bishopscourt, Amichi in Nnewi South Local Government Area of Anambra State. Bishop Ikeakor charged church workers and their wives to make every necessary sacrifice to keep their family healthy and happy as that to a large extent determines their impact or otherwise in their ministerial calling.

Speaking further, Bishop Ikeakor said that modesty and contentment will save ministers of the gospel from unnecessary stress and distractions in ministry. Citing the words of St. Paul to Timothy in ITim.6:6-ff, he said that “ But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.”

Speaking to newsmen after the event, Bishop Ikeakor said that he was motivated to organize the annual get together for church workers and their wives to cushion the harsh effects of the current economic realities especially the peculiar nature of the environment in the diocese. He expressed the hope that such gestures will motivate church workers and their wives to be more committed to their work.

The event featured songs of praises, testimonies, prayers, sumptuous meals and distribution of Christmas gifts to the church workers and their wives. All the church workers went home with a bag of rice, a carton of tomatoes and groundnut oil. In addition, the Bishop and his wife gave out twenty thousand naira each to all the Postulants, a piece of wrapper and a bag of semovita was given to all the church teachers' wives in appreciation of the services rendered by their husbands to the diocese.

Church workers who spoke to newsmen at the event expressed deep appreciations to the Bishop and wife for such rare show of love and support to their families.