The sixth edition of the Annual Bible study conference of the Anglican Youth Fellowship (A.Y.F), Diocese of Ikeduru was rounded off last Sunday at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Akabo, in the Ikeduru Council Area of Imo State with a call by the bishop of the diocese, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike, JP, on the youths to always have faith in God, as God is able to fight their battle.
Preaching during the thanksgiving service, the diocesan, counseled the youths to see themselves as agents of positive change, both in the church and society at large.
As forerunners of positive change, Bishop Maduwike said, the youths are expected to be the light in the present dark world.
Expounding on the theme of the conference, “The Battle is Mine” (1 Sam 17:47), the prelate enjoined the people of God to see their present predicament as a stepping stone toward overwhelming victory.
He said that as God delivered the people of old from the hands of their enemies and plunderers, so would God deliver those who put their trust in Him.
As future leaders, Bishop Maduwike implored the youths to shun cultism, inordinate ambition, disobedience to parents and elders, all forms of crime, and immorality which is the bane of present time.
The prelate said that in the midst of troubles, confusion, joblessness, especially among the youths, the people of God ought to wait for God’s marvelous grace.
He said that Mispah was a place of sorrow, confusion, and lost battles where two sons of Eli died; but was also a place where Israel routed out their enemies, adding that as David prevailed over the uncircumcised Philistine Champion so would children of God prevail over their negative circumstances.
Earlier, during the Eucharistic service, the outgoing Diocesan Youth Chaplain, and now the chaplain of the Ikeduru Council of Knights, Rev. Canon Charles Mgbemene had admonished the people of God to always prepare for battles, both physical and spiritual. Dwelling on the central theme, Canon Mgbemene enjoined the people of God to always depend on God, no matter the circumstance.
He said that life battles are fought in diverse ways such as joblessness, ill-health, forms of torment and oppression but maintained that God remains our present help in times of troubles.
Ten persons were presented with distinguished awards. They included: Lady Chinyere, Nnamdi Ekwereike, Alex C. Mazi, Ezinne Juliana Emekalam, Dr. Nnamdi Anumihe and Lady Peace Akakuru-Dabrinze who received “Jonathan Award”.
The four-day event which among others, featured: bible exposition, praise and prayer session, power night, free medical check-up, presidential address, Eucharistic service, award presentation, marriage seminar, plenary session and others was well attended.
The Diocesan Youth Choir – “The showers of Glory” gave rendition during the august gathering.
The wife f the Bishop, Mrs Anuli Maduwike, JP, (Nnedinma Ikeduru) was among dignitaries who attended this year’s annual youth conference.