The Anglican Bishop of Okigwe, Rt Rev Edward Osuegbu, PhD, has reminded Anglican youths that they are capable of changing the spate of immorality, unemployment, insecurity and other perilous situations plaguing the nation today.
Bishop Osuegbu was delivering a sermon at the church service to mark the Fourth Annual Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) Bible Study conference of the Diocese held at St. Barnabas (Ang) Church, Eke-Okigwe in Imo State, recently.
He said that the youths can do this if they demonstrate the word of God with faith.
The Bishop cited biblical characters such as Joseph, Daniel, Timothy and others who knew the scriptures from their youth and did exploits in their own generations.
He enjoined the AYF members to serve their creator in their youth because at old age they might no longer perform.
Bishop Osuegbu, whose sermon centred on the theme, “Lord increase our faith in a time like this”, called on every family in the world to go back to the Bible as a solution to societal problems.
The 4-day yearly event featured, among other things, a rally around the major streets in Okigwe City, Bible Quiz Competition, Biblical exposition on faith from Rev. Canon Chris Iwu and Rev. Mike Obi, talks on security situation in Nigeria by Sir Barr. C.C. Onwumere and the Youth and his education by Sir M.U. Ajoku.
Others are teaching on the Articles of Religion by Ven. P.A. Obiekwe, Bishop’s Address, the Youth and entrepreneurship by Ven. Nath Anyamele, the Christian Approach towards patriotism by Hon. Robertson Ekwebelem, the youth and his health by Dr. Egwim, the youth and his spiritual life by Evang Paschal Etusim.
Meanwhile, the Divine Intervention Initiative, the brain child of the Bishop and wife, has announced programme to empower the youths on entrepreneurship.
Every Anglican Youth who wished to acquired entrepreneurial skill on welding work, fashion designing, hair dressing, salon, computer operation, agriculture (crop production) was given a form to fill. Indigent students who need bursary were also asked to apply.
At the thanksgiving service to wrap up the conference, there was a presentation of a golden trophy donated by the outgoing Diocesan Youth President, Bro. Sam Okoroego to the Okigwe Archdeaconry to emerged as the winner of the 2012 Bible Quiz Competition.
Also, there was induction of the newly elected Diocesan Youth executives by the Diocesan in line with the constitution of the Anglican Youth Fellowship Nigeria, (Amended 2008).
Some of the dignitaries inn attendance were the Diocesan Youth patron, Mr. Darlington Nnabuihe, the Proprietor, Excellent Foiundation Christian Schools Okigwe, Sir/Lady Frank Abanonu, the Bishop’s entourage and a host of other dignitaries across the Diocese.