The tenth Owerri Diocesan Girls’ Guild annual conference last Sunday was rounded off at Christ Anglican Church, Owerri, the venue of the four-day event.
The conference with the theme; “Spiritual Transformation: repentance, restoration, renewal and revival was aimed at moulding the character of young girls and inculcating Christian life and discipline in them.
The programme featured devotions, songs, Bible expositions, health-talk and paper presentations by resource persons.
In her health-talk on Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer, Dr (Mrs) Chidinma Ogbonna explained that cancer has no outright cause” but listed the factors that heighten cancer as old age, lack of child-bearing, lack of breast-feeding, high hormone level and high fatty diet among others.
The resource person listed the symptoms of breast cancer for which she advised women to consult experts immediately they noticed them.
They include lumps in the breast and arm-pits, breasts getting larger than normal with pains, discharge from the nipple, among others.
Speaking on the theme of the conference, the Dean of the Women’s Ministries, Rev Canon Chris Ogbu who also represented the Bishop, Rt Rev Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, urged the participants to be transformed by the help of the Holy Ghost defining transformation as a process which begins when a person becomes a true born-again to the time he/she is able to understand the voice of the Holy Spirit.
Earlier in his exposition, the Diocesan Youth Chaplain, Rev Tim Ashama, urged thw girls to lead lives worthy of their calling so that people would see them as being truly transformed.
He urged them to ensure that as children of God, they do not yield to the evil desires common with the present age through television, internet browsing and pre-marital sex.
In his contribution, the Chaplain of Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Imo State University, (IMSU), Rev Chinemerem Uche urged the participants to resist the temptation of pre-marital sex as the Bible and even tradition condemn it.
He then counseled them to avoid indecent dressing and to study the Bible constantly and to install Bible memory verses into their GSM sets as well as avoiding compliments of admiration from elderly men.
In her welcome address the Diocesan Girls’ Guild Co-ordinator I, Dame Blessing Iwuala, explained that the Ministry of Girls’ Guild in the Anglican Communion comprises unmarried girls from the age of 10 and above with focus on their upbringing to be future Christian Mothers as well as faithful servants of God adding that the motto of the Guild is, “Worship and Service”.
She tasked the participants to be good ambassadors of their Parishes and Archdeaconries.
Dame Iwuala appealed to parents to encourage their daughters to join the Girls Guild.
She glowingly praised the President of the Women’s Ministries, Dr (Mrs) Eunice Okorocha for her visionary services to the organization to transform the life of young girls and prospective Christian Mothers.
Other Co-ordinators at the occasion were Mrs Nkiru Iroenyenwa, Mrs Harriet Oguike who represented the President of Women’s Ministries, Dr (Mrs) Okorocha.
Some of the highlights of the event was an award tagged, “Senior Friends Award”, bestowed on Lady Stella Mere, for her selfless services to the organization as well as send forth of the immediate past Co-ordinator, Mrs Chidiebere Opara and the launching of their 2012 Calendar.