Optimism filled the air; the atmosphere was spiritually charged with expectation on the faces of thousands of delegates gathered from over 160 Dioceses across the length and breadth ofNigeriaand beyond the shores.
The gathering which has come to be described as a spiritual re-awakening for the faithful in the body of Christ has as its theme, “Go Forward”.
Delivering a very inspiring welcome address, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh, the Primate of All Nigeria, charged the saints to brave up and go forward inspite of the current challenges facing our beloved nation.
Speaking to the happy crowd at DIVCCON 2013, Archbishop Okoh said the Church had a “divine mission mandate in relation to the Anglican family worldwide”.
“This vision and mission cannot find fulfillment in the complacency of self-assuredness and congratulations, spiritual pride and arrogance”.
“We must move forward to establish a Church that can reach out to some harassed and oppressed provinces who either for the sake of their fewness in number or economic circumstances cannot stand up for the truth of the gospel which they know and hold very dearly,” he said.
He therefore called on Christians to go forward in total submission to the authority of the scripture in righteous suffering, sacrifice, self-denial and self-control.
Highlights of Day One at DIVCCON included soul lifting renditions from the Diocese of Abuja mass choir, who were not deterred by the intermittent power outage at the venue of the conference.
Intercessory prayers was led by Bishop Aloysius Agbo of Nsukka Diocese and that wrapped up the proceedings of Day One at DIVCCON 2013.
Archbishop ofAba, the Most Rev Ikechi Nwosu, is the Bible Study leader for DIVCCON 2013 and the exposition is on the Book of Amos.
You can’t afford to miss the sessions as we “Go Forward.”