By Gid Ahanonu
The Boys’ Brigade, Nigeria has conducted and enrollment service for Christ (Anglican) Church (7th Mbaitoli Battalion Council at the church.
Preaching the sermon in the service conducted by the Vicar, Rev. Timothy Igbokwe, to mark the ceremony, the Imo State Chaplain for Boys’ Brigade, Ven. Mick Amadi charged Christians to seek God’s presence in their endeavours especially in leadership.
Citing some leaders in the bible who succeeded with God’s presence, he pointed out that Moses who begged for His presence was accorded rest in addition. Solomon was given wealth n addition to wisdom he sought for. He then urged the people to shun anything that would hinder God’s presence from them, assuring them of God’s abundant blessings and renewal of their strength if they would remain faithful to God.
Ven. Amadi counseled the Boys’ Brigade members to abide by their objective which is “the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom amongst boys and the promotion of obedience, reverence, discipline and self respect”, stressing the need for them to avoid bad companies as well as refrain from anti-social behaviours that do not glorify God, else they would be shown the way out. He stated that B.B. is not only playing the band.
The first lesson was read by master Chibuike Igbokwe while master Oparaugo melody read the second lesson. The enrollment exercise featured the installation of the Vicar, Rev. Timothy Igbokwe, as the Chaplain of Christ (Ang.) Church Umuahii, 7th Boys’ Brigade Battalion Council by the State Chaplain Ven. Mick Amadi who also installed officers of the Battalion Council and eight patrons/patronesses with the assistance of state and local officers present.
Those installed as patrons/patronesses are comra0de I.K. Okoronkwe, Chief Clifford Ukwujiagu; Sir Clement Oparah; Chief Dr. Dona Pat Okoro; and Engr. Obiniche Innocent Others are Mrs. Edith Azumara; Mrs. Ego Achuko and Mrs. Adanna Okereke.
Speaking on behalf of the patrons, a community leader Chief Cliff Ukwujiagu expressed joy at the occasion and advised the B.B. members to be diligent and exhibit a high sense of responsibility to their calling now they are young and grow with Godly and righteous life, assuring them their moral and financial support.
In his remarks, the newly installed Chaplain, Rev. Timothy Igbokwe appreciated the State Chapolain Ven. Amadi and his team for a job well done by fostering the realization of their dream which has lingered for a long time. He assured the organization of lifting the 7th Battalion Council to a greater height through active service.