The Home and Abroad Women Association (HAWA) of Holy Trinity Church, Obazu August Meeting for 2014 successfully came to a close with a thanksgiving service at the church last Sunday.
In his sermon at the opening devotion on Saturday, based on the theme of the conference, ‘Bearing fruit in Christ by word and action’, the curate of the church, Rev. C.U. Nwakwue challenged women to lead lives worthy of emulation by their children.
He posited that the fruits they bore would be reflected in their children since, according to him “nobody bears another person’s fruits.”
The devotion featured a question-and-answer session during which the preacher enjoined them to monitor the activities of their children, more so the female ones and to let their light shine before men that they would see their good work and glorify God.
In her address, the president of Holy Trinity Church Home and Abroad Women Association (HAWA), Mrs Matilda Nkechinyere Ehirim, said their objective was to propagate the gospel of Jesus Christ among the people and to undertake development projects in the church.
She disclosed that the project the women had at hand was the erection of a befitting church hall for which she appealed for financial and other support from all and sundry.
The president added that the advantage of completing the project is that it would save cost in hiring such facilities outside and providing arena for extra-curricular activities instead of using the church for such purposes.
Mrs Ehirim further listed the achievements of HAWA among them providing resources for the roofing of the new church building, perimeter-fencing of the church, donating huge sums of money for the building of the Archdeacon’s house and the granting of the ‘No Wahala’ interest-free loans to 62 women of Holy Trinity Church, among others.
She lauded the Vicar, Ven. Akakuru for providing them land for the hall project.
Highlights of the occasion were the launching of the HAWA 2014/2015 calendar and the fund for the multi-purpose hall under the chairmanship of their patron, Prof.Sir Chinedu Asinu-Anosike, JP. He assured the women of attracting his friends and well-wishers towards the completion of the project apart from his personal donation.
In his address, the traditional Prime Minister of Obazu, High Chief (Dr) S.C.G. Arisaukwu lauded the women as project-initiators in the community while their male counterparts assisted them in their executions as he appreciated their vision.
Speaking in the same vein, the President-General, CGC, Obazu, Chief Oparaeke called for massive support for the women at all times with the spirit of Christianity but stressed that the government of Obazu does not discriminate over church matters.
While commending the state government for her effort to repair Obazu roads, he appealed for speedy work to complete the road project soon.