By Nick Chibunna
St. Andrew’s Anglican Church Inyishi in the Ikeduru Council Area of Imo State last weekend played host to Bishop Emmanuel C. Maduwike, Bishop of Ikeduru Diocese, and his wife Mrs. Anuli Maduwike. The bishop and his wife were on an Episcopal visit to the church
The visit which witnessed two important events, the commissioning of a water bore-hole, dug and donated by Sir Patrick Alozie, and the foundation stone laying ceremony of an ultra-modern multi-million naira church hall complex attracted dignitaries from far and near.
Preaching a sermon entitled,” The all sufficient God” (II King 5:8), Bishop Maduwike enjoined the people of God to always depend and trust in God no matter how ugly the situation might be, as God is able to deliver and save those who put their trust in Him.
The earth, he said, is not a bed of roses but often is dotted with myriad of troubles ranging from; infirmities, diseases, confusion, jealousy, hatred, poverty, greed, violence, oppression, marital woes, man’s inhumanity to man and others.
He said that Naaman from the passage read was an army General of high repute and fame, but he was a leper.
Bishop Maduwike said that as God performed great miracle in the life of Naaman and healed him of leprosy, and he was reintegrated into the society as a healthy man, so would God perform great miracle in the lives of His people.
The prelate said that because of problems magic and other voodoos have been introduced in the worship of God in order to take advantage of the weak-minded. He advised people to beware of such prophets of doom, as devil can tell you your problems, but cannot solve them; adding that only God can truly solve all your problems.
On the state of the nation, Bishop Maduwike deceived a situation where those in the positions of leadership and rulership have abdicated their responsibilities to the people thereby making life very difficult for the people.
He therefore, enjoined all to be alive to their civic responsibility by using their voter’s card as a means of to enthrone good leadership in the country
He reiterated his earlier directive on all the youths in his diocese who of voting age to go and register in the on-going voter’s registration excise and that failure to do so would attract severe sanctions, as no youth in his diocese would henceforth be inducted in the Anglican Youth Fellowship (AYF) without the presentation of valid voter’s card.
He said that youths as future leaders who can vote and be voted for cannot sit down and watch, impurity and arrogance to go unchecked when they can effect change through the instrumentality of thei9r voter’s card.
At the foundation stone laying ceremony, the prelate commended the parishioners for their foresight and good vision to build an ultra-modern church hall for various activities in the church, and prayed to God to always enlarge their coast.
At the commissioning of the water bore-hole, Bishop Maduwike lauded those who always give in support of the work of God. He also thanked Sir Patrick Alozie for donating the bore-hole to the church and prayed god to sustain and enlarge his coast.
The water bore-hole was christened “Mmiri Ndu” (“Fountain of Life”).
By Nick Chibunna