A call has gone to Christians in Nigeria to return to God in order to minimize or put to an end prevailing hardship and afflictions in the country.
Making this call at an evangelical outreach by the Owerri Council of Knights and Ladies of St. Christopher to St. John’s Anglican Church, Okuku in Avu Archdeaconry, Diocese of Owerri, the Assistant Spiritual Director/Chaplain of the Council, Rev Onyinyeoma Onyeagocha who captioned his homily: “Will My People Not Return to Me?”, frowned at the nefarious activities and vices which people carry out in order to acquired wealth to satisfy their selfish interests.
Rev Onyeagocha expressed shock that things that were not happening in the olden days are now happening.
The council’s Chaplain narrated that he saw in a vision where God in anger asked: “why will I not afflict my people when they have continually failed to listen to me and obey my statutes?’, pointing out those who even are placed in a position to speak out to condemn deeds, have failed to do so.
Rev Onyeagocha who is also the Vicar of St. Michael and All Angels’ Church, New Owerri, stressed the need for total restitution at all levels in order to please God and quench His anger against mankind.
He traced most of the evil attacks such as kidnapping, terrorism, armed robbery, air and road mishaps and the likes that occur every now and then, as part of measures and incidents that should make people in all part of Nigeria to return to God, adding that our level of education, riches, beauty etc shall all be in vain without God.
Presenting an address of welcome to the Knights and Ladies, the Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Mr. Iheadioha Marshall, on behalf of the church noted that although the church has passed through thick and thin of life, having been weighed down by incessant litigations by a dominant denomination in the area, its spirit is forever filled with the fire of God and a knack of holiness.
They expressed great joy that the council of Knights chose the church as the first in its evangelism schedule for the year 2012, and wished that the council could adopt the church as its own.
Speaking at the end of the Holy Communion service which was conducted by the Archdeacon in-charge of Avu Archdeaconry, Venerable Ben O.E Nwaneri, the President of the council, Sir Israel Ekezie commended the church members for their resilience and faith in God, and also expressed satisfaction with the attendance and response of the Knights and Ladies towards the evangelical trip, adding that they should keep it up in subsequent outreaches as good Knights and Ladies to defend the faith.