Two children have lost their lives and three other persons wounded when the fence of St. Barhabas Anglican Church, Eke-Okigwe collapsed on them last Sunday.
The incident, described as one of the demonic manifestations of this perilous time, occurred during the grand finale and thanksgiving service to mark the end of a four-day Evangelical Fellowship in Anglican Communion (EFAC) of the Anglican Diocese of Okigwe.
Eye witness account said that the congregation were in the midst of a sermon being delivered by a guest preacher, Ven Ramsay Okeke, when they heard a heavy sound from the western end of the church.
Ven Okeke, it was said, had requested those who had repented to identif y with Christ by raising up their hands.
“As people were responding to receive salvation and deliverance from the power of darkness, then came the sudden sound like a bombshell,” the witness said.
Worshipper who rushed out to ascertain what happened discovered that the fence wall that partitioned the church from an adjoining building had fallen from its foundation upon those at the entrance of the western door.
Incidentally, Ven Okeke, reports said, was speaking on the theme “Perilous Times and the tragedy happened “as if the kingdom of darkness was solely disturbed by the level of spiritual progress being made in the programme”, our witness stated.
When the debris was removed by the worshippers who went on a rescue mission three children and two other youths were picked up and rushed to the hospital where two of the children died.
A priest who was at the occasion stated that the gates of hell could not prevail against the spiritual progress of the event as those who needed salvation and deliverance from demonic oppression were later attended to.
Commenting, the Diocesan, Rt. Rev. Edward Osuegbu, PhD, who was present at the service described it as painful.
He, however, commended the congregation for their courage and maturity in handling the case and called for prayers for the quick recovery of those injured as well as the consolation of the families that lost their children.