The Federal University of Technology Owerri, Women Association (FUTOWA) recently observed the International Family Day with a prayer summit in collaboration with the FUTO students, youths and women of host communities.
The occasion with the theme “prayer is the family Master Key”, featured prayers on the various points such as, prayer for FUTO community, the Vice Chancellor and family, FUTOWA President and executive members and families all over the world.
Others were prayers for students against moral decadence; for peaceful co-existence on host Communities, Imo State and Nigeria in general.
Preaching the sermon at the service marking the occasion, the Chaplain of Chapel of Light, Ven. Kelechi Okere, extolled the women of FUTO for their vision in organizing such a community prayer summit pointing out that prayer is a humble appeal to the supreme being by any family that wants to stay together as it unlocks every hindrance in one’s life.
Ven Okere then urged the congregation to always call on God with faith whenever they were faced with challenges and He would answer and rescue them as He did to the Biblical woman whose only son was raised from death on account her faith.
Admonishing the congregation also, the Chaplain of All Saints (Non denominational) Church Rev G.S. Adaka counselled Christians to have great faith in God while they pray as faith moves God’s interest, adding that Christians exist by faith which is trust and belief that something must be done.
Rev. Adaka referring to St. Peter’s little faith when he entertained fear while walking on the sea as recorded in Matthew’s Gospel 14:28, advised Christians not to fear challenges, rather they should be courageous like the centurion whom Jesus commended for his great faith, adding that they were capable of possession with faith like the shenamite woman.
The service was moderated by the Chaplain of STACO, Rev Fr. Dr. Longinus C. Chinagorom, while the 1st bible reading from Luke 1:1-17 was read by the FUTOWA president, Dr Mrs Ihuoma Asiabaka, as Professor, Mrs K.B. Oyoh read the second lesson from Isaiah 45:18-25.
In her remarks, the FUTO Vice Chancellor’s wife and the president, of FUTOWA Dr Mrs Ihuoma Asiabaka expressed joy at the occasion, stating that the prayer session would be conducted periodically in future, so as to inculcate the habit of prayer in the students and pupils of FUTO. She disclosed that FUTOWA has resolved to accommodate the host communities’ women in all their activities.