By Emma Onumah
The remains of late Mrs Mabel Kechinyere Okoroma (nee Nwobi) have been laid to rest at her husband’s compound in Okwelle Village, Amauzari, Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
Preaching at a burial service held at St. John’s (Ang) Church, Amauzari, the Archdeacon in-charge, Amauzari Archdeaconry, Diocese of Isi Mbano, Venerable P.U. Okwara, in his exhortation captioned: “HAS YOUR NAME BEEN WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE?”, admonished all people of God, irrespective of their church denomination, belief, and service in the church, to ensure that their names were not missing in the Book of Life at the end of their journey here on earth.
Ven Okwara, who drew his text from Rev 20:11-15. warned that, for any one’s name to be found in the Book of Life, there must be proof of self-denial and sacrifice, and the capability to overcome in the face of trials and tribulations, adding that the book is such that there is not room to maneuver, or give bribe in order that one’s name is written in it, be he a big or small man.
Irrespective of what you are or what you think you have achieved here on earth, the Archdeacon described as dangerous and a sheer waste, for any one to die without any preparation to meet the Lord, stressing that the journey is one of no return.
The Anglican clergyman used the opportunity to enjoin his fellow priests and other men of God to try and preach the gospel without sympathy, but to proclaim the truth at all times and to condemn issues that are worthy of condemnation without looking at anybody’s face.
Speaking to the children of the deceased, he lauded the efforts made by their late mother in giving them sound education and moral training. He told them, especially the female ones, not to forget that Amauzari remains their first home here on earth, their present places of marriage notwithstanding.
In his condolence message to the Okoroma family, the Anglican Bishop of Owerri, the Rt Rev Cyril C. Okorocha, Ph.D, who described the late Madam Mabel Okoroma as “a mother-in-Israel”, noted that the bereavement touched all of them, because the diseased was the eldest sister of his wife, Dr (Mrs) Eunice Okorocha (Mama Owerre).
He extolled the children and grandchildren for the way they took it in turn to take care of her, such that her old age was a happy and fulfilled one.
The prelate thanked all who found time to be present at the burial service, from far and near, and used the occasion to give a brief history of how his father-in-law, Mr. Jeremiah Nwobi of blessed memory, with Archdeacon Dennis, also of blessed memory, translated the first Igbo Bible. He urged the congregation to ensure that they always do what is written in the Bible in order to be true followers of Christ.
Late Madam Okoroma is survived by seven children, twenty-one grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous relations among whom is Dr (Mrs) Eunice Okoroch, wife of Bishop Okorocha, of the Diocese of Owerri.