By Emma Onumah
The three-day celebration of the wedding anniversary and family thanksgiving by the family of Reverend . Canon Chike and Mrs. Chika Samuelson has ended with a thanksgiving service during which the Vicar of St. Andrew’s (Ang) Church, Aladinma, Owerri, Venerable Paul Nwozuzu, enjoined all people of God to be ambassadors of Christ wherever they find themselves and at all times.
Venerable Nwozuzu, who drew his text from 1st Cor 7:29 & 2nd Cor 12:5, noted that the ambassadors expected are those that would recover for the One who has called us to Himself, and who also died for mankind,
The Vicar explained why those who are for Christ should take time to fast, and to ensure that their loyalty to Him is not in question.
Venerable Nwozuzu, who is also the Acting Rector of the Trinity Theological College, Umuahia, Abia State, posited that, unless a man encounters Christ in a radical manner, he cannot be a worthy ambassador, or carry out the ambassadorial responsibilities with diligence and desired commitment.
He lamented that many people, these days, were losing faith in Christ because they have resorted to solving their individual problems in a worldly manner.
Commenting on the chief celebrants, Ven Nwozuzu, described Canon Chike as one who is well organized, well seated by God, zealous for the things of God as well as a prolific writer, loving what is good and takes time to do it. He described his wife, Chika, as a fruitful and submissive wife, adding that the couple and their children have in no small way experienced the faithfulness of God in their lives. Rev Canon Samuelson is the Clerical Synod Secretary (CSS) of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri.
Speaking at the reception, the Chairman of the occasion who is also Vice Chancellor, Rhema University, Aba, Prof Ogbonnaya Onwudike, congratulated the celebrants, for living a life of ultimate friendship and partnership, characterized by faithfulness and love for each other. He described as commendable, their having to deal faithfully with the same thing for the past thirty years, quite unlike these days and time, when divorce has become rampant in the society.
Prof Onwudike wished them many more years of peaceful and loving marriage.
In a brief remark, the Lord Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev C.C. Okorocha Ph.D who was represented by the Director of Pastoral Ministries, Anglican Diocese of Owerri, The Venerable Zion Ngoka congratulated the celebrants on the epoch making occasion, and extended appreciation to the invited guest, for coming to grace the ceremony which, he observed, would serve as a source of encouragement to the celebrants in the course of their ministries.
Proposing the toast of the pearl wedding anniversary, the Librarian of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Rev (Prof) Obiora Nwosu, described Rev Canon and Mrs. Chike Samuelson as a blessing to this generation, adding that their lives portray the biblical statement that: “God never forsakes those who serve Him in truth and spirit”.
In their separate testimonies, Rev Can Chike and Mrs. Chika Samuelson, narrated how they met at a NIFES Conference held in Benin, Edo State in 1980. Thereafter, they sought for God’s approval of their marriage through their individual prayers, and how they finally got wedded on Saturday, 24th August, 1985.
As they further testified, their coming together in marriage has been a blessed union in every way, while the Lord Jesus, they disclosed, has the first and ultimate claim in their lives, as well as those of their biological children, who are four in number, namely Keneolisa, Chinonso, Chidike and Chidolu Samuelson.
The vote of thanks at the occasion was moved by the first son, Dr Keneolisa Samuelson who also led his siblings in the presentation of a special souvenir to their parents in appreciation of their thirty years’ peaceful and loving marriage.
Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion were the immediate past Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon Justice (Sir) B.A Njemanze, his wife, Dr (Lady) Joy, Njemanze and HRH Igw Chide Ezenwugo, who was accompanied by his Palace Secretary, Chief Ifeanyi Umejiburu.