Building in time for eternity

The Anglican Diocese of Owerri, today rounds off its 2016 Synod at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, with a thanksgiving service and other activities lined up for the day.
It had been four days of vigorous activities at the Cathedral where more than 1,000 people gathered to deliberate on issues concerning the faith and the diocese under the theme: Building in Time of Eternity.
Delegates and other invitees to the historic event will agree that the diocese, under Bishop Cyril C. Okorocha, PhD, has blazed the trail in evangelism, especially in the trajectory of the theme which tends to reawaken the faithful to the need to build and prepare for eternity.
The trail blazing credit to the diocese stemmed from the various reports of archdeaconries, parishes and agencies of the diocese.
Remarkable is the robust achievements of the diocese through the Bishop’s Foundation for Mission and Development (BFMD) a foundation which, for years in Bishop Okorocha’s episcopacy, has catered for the physical and the spiritual needs of all Christians without discrimination.
Besides the planting of churches in various locations of the diocese to bring the gospel of Jesus Christ to the doorsteps of many, the diocese has made forays in the education sector, building schools and upgrading the ones handed over by the government to acceptable standard.
Such schools include the Professor Enoch Anyanwu Christ Education (PEACE) Academy, the Archdeacon Dennis Junior Seminary (ADJS) Mbieri and the Bishop Lasbery Girls School Irete, all of which guarantee that the  young ones cling to Christ early in life while they also get the best academically.
The Diocese does not stop at that as it extends its evangelism efforts to the tertiary institutions within the diocese, through its chaplaincies such as the All Souls Chapel, Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education (AIFCE) Owerri and the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, which has made tremendous progress in redirecting undergraduates to the path of heaven.
At the IMSU chaplaincy, the chaplain, Canon Chinemerem Uche, devices a unique method of reaching out to the students through drama, road shows, seminars, practical demonstrations and training in agriculture and aquaculture, all towards building in time for eternity.
The BFMD, through its water schemes in various locations, has provided potable water (Christened Miri Ndu) to the needy while also equipping the young people with skills and starter funds in many fronts, including through the Women’s Ministries.
Through the diocesan newspaper, the Christian Voice, the gospel is also propagated and the people are rightly informed about their environment.  The newspaper also gave voice to the entire Christendom.  Its sister organization, the Transfiguration Press, turns out books that edify the soul and enlighten the congregation.
Erudite and indefatigable diocesan, Bishop Okorocha, goes further to take the message of Christ to the people through radio and television programmes, ‘Evangelical Hour’ thus leading the people of God to eternal life.
Health wise, the St Luke’s Referral Centre of the diocese has continued to provide healthcare to the faithful while the Christ the Good Shepherd Women Ministries Centre provides home to Christian tourists and serves as a retreat centre where priests and other people of God spend time on occasions to reflect on the word of God which prepares them for eternity.
The NAFDAC-approved wafer section had been charged with the responsibility of producing communion bread and stocking wine also.
With an assemblage of knowledgeable priests who are constantly retrained, the congregation becomes beneficiaries of undiluted teaching, especially during a compulsory Redemption Hour which comes up in every church before the main service on Sundays.
Today’s activities at CATOL features, among other things, a fund-raising meant to support the Bishop’s efforts in mission and evangelism.  Bishop Okorocha, yesterday, gave the Bishop’s Charge.