The mood was seraphic last Sunday when thousands of Christians and their well-wishers gathered to welcome Rt. Rev Emmanuel C. Maduwike (JP), Bishop, Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru and his wife, Mrs Anuli Maduwike (JP), (Nnedinma Ikeduru) who was on an Episcopal visit at the Anglican Church of the New Covenant, Abazu, Akabo, in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Bishop, during the visit, laid the foundation stone of an ultra-modern church parsonage, and the commissioned a new water scheme donated by a parishioner, Ezinna Samuel Oparaku.
In a homily, Bishop Maduwike thanked all for the rousing reception accorded him and members of his entourage, and prayed that the good Lord would reward them accordingly.
Taking his text from Ephesians, 2:20, entitled, “Christ, the chief corner stone”, Bishop Maduwike said that no other foundation would be laid except that which had been laid in Christ Jesus. He thanked the entire body of Christ, especially the parishioners in the Akabo Archdeaconry for their resilience and Christian spirit and prayed to God, to supply all their needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The prelate who was elated at the level of spiritual and infrastructural development in the church within a very short period of existence, thanked the parishioners who went the extra mile in doing God’s work.
He thanked Sir and Lady Chidi Ajoku for building an ultra-modern church complex which would be dedicated soon, and Ezinna Samuel Oparaku for sinking and donating a water bore-hole.
The holy Eucharist was celebrated by Rev. Can. Sydney Akuwudike, the administrator of Akabo Archdeaconry, who was assisted by Rev. Cliff Uba, the priest in charge of the church.
Old testament lesson taken from Hosea 14: 1-7 was read by Nneoma Happiness Uhegbu, the Epistle taken from Ephesians 2: 14-22 was read by Sir Emma Owunezi while the gospel taken from Mark 2:13-17 was taken by Rev. Cliff Uba.
Speaking to Christian Voice, Ezinna Samuel Oparaku said that it was in appreciation of God’s marvelous blessings upon his family that he donated the water borehole.
Personalities who graced the occasion included the Bishop’s wife, Mrs Anuli Maduwike (Nnedinma Ikedure), Knights and Ladies of St. Christopher, Diocesan Legal team, including Sir S.N.C. Kamange, the diocesan registrar, Sir. F. Ekwueme, co-registrar and (ACFF) coordinator Sir Emmanuel Nwaneto was also in.