By Nick Chibunna
Bishop Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike JP, of the Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, has said that only men of valour who can preach the truth about the Kingdom of Heaven and break camp can liberate Nigeria, and Imo State in particular, from the present national calamity and economic woes.
According to him, effective prayers and intercession can achieve the needed liberation.
The prelate, who was speaking at the just-concluded four-day crusade jointly organized by the Diocese and the Deliverance and Healing Unit (DHU) of St. Jude’s Military Church Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, at Atta Girls Secondary School field in the Ikeduru Council Area of Imo State, lamented that the church is still searching for men of valour who could do exploits and rescue the nation.
He describe the event as one designed to raise men and women to contend with the principalities and powers, and extend God’s Kingdom on earth.
Expounding on the theme of the crusade, which is, Break Camp and Advance to Do Exploits” (Deut. 1:6-7), Bishop Maduwike enjoined all to wake up from slumber and be ready to be used as God’s instruments.
He said that Christianity is never static, but must advance from one stage to another, hence he implored all to see the gathering as a moment of refreshing and new anointing.
Quoting Matthew, 11:12, the prelate said that, “from the days of John the Baptist, the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and men of violence have taken it by force”.
He said we need men and women who would carry the gospel to the uttermost parts of the earth, who would pray and change situations, prophets and prophetess who would hear from God and strengthen their people, and miracle workers and healers who would do great things.
On the state of the nation, Bishop Maduwike expressed worry that Nigeria has remained static in recent years amidst wanton destruction of lives and property occasioned by the onslaught of the Boko Haram, Fulani herdsmen and other violent crimes, and prayed to God to raise men and women of valour who can wrest the nation from the powers of darkness.
On the state of the affairs in Imo State, Bishop Maduwike said that only God can rescue the people and heal their present wounds, adding that weeping may tarry with the night, but joy comes in the morning.
The four-day event which was rounded off with a special thanksgiving at St. Jude’s Anglican Church Atta was well-attended, with many testifying of instant healings and miracles.
The highpoint of the event was anointing of men and women expected to do exploits for the Lord.
By Nick Chibunna