By Nick Chibunna
Atta Girls Secondary School (AGSS), a missionary school of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, in the Ikeduru Council Area of Imo State was last Sunday thrown into a revolutionary glory when Knights and Ladies of the Diocese visited the school for their first ever evangelistic and mission outreach to the school, and the first since this year.
The event, described as historic and timely saw students, staff, parents and guardians, relations, friends and well-wishers came out in their numbers to welcome their August visitors.
The outreach which kicked off with full church service at the school hall, featured among other things, prayer revival, choruses, special tunes and numbers, including recitation by the students.
In a homily, the Chaplain of the Ikeduru Council of Knights, Rev. Canon Charles Mgbemene, advised Christians to flee from enticements that wage war against their faith.
The homily entitled “Let Go”, and taken from Matt. 19:22, warned that unless the people of God let go certain worldly riches, trappings and enticements of this present world, our effort to inherit God’s Kingdom might be a mirage.
He said that like the rich young ruler in the Bible text, who refused to share or part his worldly riches with others in need, and invariably lost out in his efforts to inherit God’s Kingdom, many Christians today are guilty of the same act, as some have refused to help those in need, and even support the work of God.
The Council’s Chaplain lamented that the society is today in social and political turmoil due to cravings for worldly riches, with pride and arrogance at the centre stage.
He said that many parents, including noble Knights and Ladies have abdicted their family responsibilities while chasing worldly riches and counsel such parents to have a rethink.
Rev. Canon Mgbemene advised students and staff to work very hard, as a team, adding that there is no alternative to hard work.
He took a swipe at the ruling class, especially the present political leaders who have reduced governance to a family affairs, where a man is the governor, his wife chairman of a strategic state committee, while the children become directors of importance government agencies.
He advised such people to have a rethink, adding that God’s judgement is imminent.
Also, in an address presented at the occasion, the principal of the school, Amaechi C.N.C., intimated the Knights and Ladies of some of the problems confronting the school, including the over 1000 capacity school hall that is begging for attention.
Amaechi also thanked the school proprietor, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike, JP, Sir Goddy Edoziem, Education Director and Sir Emma Ukonu, the Education Secretary for their support and fatherly care, while at the same time calling on the council to come to their aid.