The last C.M.S. Anniversary on July 27th was elaborately celebrated in Christ Church Archdeaconry, Owerri during which the Anglican Bishop of Owerri announced that from next year the C.M.S. anniversary would be celebrated for a whole week in the diocese.
The Bishop, who preached the sermon during the C.M.S Anniversary on Monday July 27th in Christ Church, was full of praises for the Archdeaconry describing them as a pace-setter.
The week-long event which began on July 20th featured a church service at St. James Church, Uzii last Sunday with other activities including aggressive evangelism, outreach, fasting and praying and discipleship awards for distinguished Christians.
The Archdeacon of Christ Church Archdeaconry, Ven. Zion Ngoka whose vision gave birth to the programme reputed to be the first in the diocese, conducted the service while the Archdeacon, Uratta North Archdeaconry, Ven. James Onyekwelibe, preached the sermon on the hope and deliverance of those who are firm and trust in Jesus Christ.
In his homily at the service Bishop Okorocha who presented awards to recipients admonished those who hide under the church to perpetrate evil to repent as no evil-doer will enter the kingdom of God.
The target of the Mission Expansion Week/C.M.S. Anniversary was to encourage evangelism and mission work, raise funds for planting of new churches and to assist churches like Church of the Healing Cross and the Anglican Church of Redemption which places of worship were destroyed by government to acquire land and commence their church buildings.
Stations in the Archdeaconry presented drama, Bible recitations, and other spirit-filled activities to give colour to the occasion as the bishop commended the Rev. Joe Amako-led planning Committee for a good job.
Those presented with the Discipleship Award were Chief Engr. Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Elder Levi Osuji, Dr (Mrs) Chinyere Onyenze, Mr Eric Maduka, Dr. Sir Ernest Emereuwaonu and Hon. Sir Godwin Chinagorom.
Others were Mrs Blessing Merem, Sir Benson Ubochi, Sir Ishmael Egesimba and Ezinne Imelda Michael.