Hundreds of mourners and sympathizers penultimate Friday filled St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Oka, Isiala-Mbano in Imo State for the funeral service for late Engr. Andrew Udobata Nwachukwu.
In his sermon of the service, Ven. J.C. Anumaka of Isi-Mbano Diocese noted that materialism has constituted a major obstacle to Christians’ entry into eternity.
The preacher, therefore, enjoined Christians to utilize their God-given resources while alive to touch the lives of their fellowmen to partake in eternal life as no one is sure of when death would call.
Stressing the need for Christians to be always prepared for the second coming of Christ, Ven. Anumaka called on people to reflect daily on the Bible in order to be guided by the word of God always
The service was conducted by the Archdeacon of Oka/Ibeme, Ven. Dr. S.I. Nwabugwu, JP, while Holy Trinity Church Choir, Uratta, Owerri and the Vox Anglicana choir, Owerri led by Rev. Emma Okorafor performed.
Ven. James Onyekwelibe said the prayer for the deceased’s family.
In the family’s oration, the deceased was described as a devout Christian who treated all those that came across him equally irrespective of creed, sex or age.
The brother of late Engr. Andrew, Rev. Can. Japhet Nwachukwu who is also the Vicar of Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Uratta qualified him as a man of love, patience and honesty as well as being self-dependent.
Among the large turn-out of sympathizers were priests from several dioceses, Eze Sir Benson Ohalete, Sir Israel Ekezie, Sir Cliff Onyekuru, Sir Gab Oduah and Hon. Simeon Udunka among others.