Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Egbu Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor has urged the Bible Society of Nigeria to be steadfast in ensuring that the Bible is effectively distributed without inhibitions. He also commended the society not only for the massive production of the Bible but also its translation into 26 different Nigerian languages.
Bishop Okorafbr made the remarks at the Cathedral Church of All Saints Eghu in Owerri North Iocal Government Imo State during a special service to honour him as a Special member of the Bible Society of Nigeria. The Anglican Prelate said the privilege of being honoured by the Bible Society of Nigeria humbled him greatly and pledged to be more committed and devoted to the cause of the Society.
Earlier while decorating the Bishop. the second National Vice President of the Society. Dr. Mrs. Margaret Opara Onukwuwa said the decision to honour Bishop Okorafor with the Special Member’s award was in recognition of his services to the Society. She noted that whereas the Bishop was yet to be admitted as a member of the Society at any level, he had exhibited unequal zeal and commitment in the affairs of the Society adding that in appreciation of this the Society resolved to have him admitted into one of its levels of membership.
Dr. Onukwuwa also disclosed that the society which previously had the Bible translated into 20 different languages can now be read in 26 languages, promising that the society was exploring opportunities to reach out more people in their diverse languages. She further revealed that Orlu has been constituted into a new area as Area 2 with Owerri and Okigwe remaining as the mother Area I.
In his brief’ remarks at the service the Owerri Senatorial Candidate on the platform of the All Progressive Congress, Bar. Uche Onyeagocha, advocated the siting of an All Saints University in the Cathedral, a project he pledged to support and ensure its realization.
Meanwhile an Anglican Clergyman the Rev Canon Emmanuel Ahumibe, has counseled Christians to seize the opportunity of the Lenten period to be penitent of their sins and come back to God. Taking his text from the gospel of Christ as recorded in Luke l5verses l-10 he pointed out that it is not the thought of Jesus Christ that any sinner should perish but to come on to repentance.
Canon Ahumibe, the vicar of Emekuku Parish, gave the advice in his sermon at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church. Ernekuku in Owerri north local government, Imo State. He explained that it is for this reason that Christ was despised and made to bear their sins, so that He would redeem them, the lost sheep.
He advised that Christians should be mindful of how they criticize their pastors when found in the midst of the undesirables like Harlots and drunks. While he explained that the essence of such visits was to win them over to Christ , he noted that it was only the sick that needed the service of a doctor, stressing that there was joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repented.