To appraise the level of spiritual and physical growth of churches in Egbu Diocese, the Bishop, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, recently paid a pastoral visit to St. Mathias Church, Umuchima, Ihiagwa in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State.
In his homily during a service of Holy Communion, the bishop cautioned against flippancy among church elders, stressing that they should scrutinize their utterances so that they would be sources of encouragement and inspiration to the younger elements in their midsts.
Bishop Okorafor challenged the elders to take deep interest and pleasure in the upbringing of the little ones so that they would not go astray but brought up in the knowledge and love of God.
Noting the innocence and humility of the little ones, the prelate enjoined elders to live exemplary lives to serve as beacon to men for which people will have cause to praise God.
He then advised Nigerians to shun the myriads of vices that have beset the country to escape God’s wrath.
The Bible readings at the service included the Old Testament from Prov. 7:7-10 read by Evangelist Goddy Ekwue, the Epistle from Peter 5:1-11 taken by Rev. Progress Okorafor while the gospel based on Mathew 18:12-26 was read by the priest-in-charge of the Station, Rev. Daberechukwu Maduakolam.
At a reception at the residence of Sir and Lady Lucky Ajoku, Bishop Okorafor told elders of the church and parochial church committee members that the policy thrust of his episcopacy would continue to hinge on evangelism and the growth and development of smaller churches in the diocese.
He commended them for the progress of work at the church building despite their numerical strength and urged them not to be deterred and remain steadfast in their commitment till the project is realized.
Responding, the chairman of the Parish Council of Knights, Sir Best Opara thanked the bishop for the visit and assured him of their loyalty and support.
Among those present was a former Imo State Finance Commissioner who hails from the area, Sir Chris Asoluka.