By Nick Chibunna
The 2018 biennial conference of the Anglican Christian Fathers’ Fellowship (ACFF), Diocese of Ikeduru ended last Sunday.
The three-day event which took place at St. Jude’s Anglican Church, Atta in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State attracted people from all walks of life. The theme of the conference was “What Are You Known For?” (Phil. 2:5-30).
Speaking on the occasion, the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike, JP, had called for spiritual and national rebirth to enhance nation-building and church growth.
The prelate warned that unless there is a holistic approach to newness of life, Nigeria as an nation would continue to grope in the dark, both spiritually and otherwise.
Bishop Maduwike regretted that today, many countries of the world including Nigeria are known for evil instead of God and condemned the high level of corruption, wickedness, injustice, nepotism, marginalization, inept leadership, blood-letting, immorality and all forms of sharp practices prevalent in the world.
He advised leaders of such countries to sit up and do the needful before the situation gets out of hands.
To the present professing Christians, Bishop said that Christians are known for their life of service to God and humanity. He said that every Christian is expected to love, share and care for one another, like the man, Epaphroditus who went to the prison to see and minister to Paul in Rome without taking into cognizance the risk inherent.
He described Apaphroditus as a model to the present professing Christian as he nearly lost his life while attending to Paul’s need in prison, hence he was very glad to send him back to Philippi, as a proof that he had recovered from the deadly ailment.
He used the occasion to thank all who had contributed toward the growth of the Diocese, especially, the Diocesan coordinator of the ACFF, Sir Emmanuel Nwaneto and his team for a job well done.
He also thanked the host Archdeacon, Ven. Josiah Emeribe and the Local Organising Committee, (LOC) under Sir Benson Okorogu for their hospitality and warm reception.
Earlier in his own address, the Diocesan Coordinator of the ACFF, Sir Emma Nwaneto had thanked all for coming, and at the same time wished them a happy stay throughout the occasion.
He also enjoined all to emulate the life of sacrifice as exemplified by Epaphroditus whom he described as a true child of God.
Also during the thanksgiving service, the preacher, Ven. Sydney Akuwudike had enjoined the people of God to strive to be known for every good work.
By so doing he said, the Church and the nation would be a better place for all.
The event featured wide-range of activities including; Bible study, quiz competition, prayer session, resolution and issuance of communiqué, cutting of conference cake, reports from Archdeaconries, lecture, keynote address and others.
Five persons were presented with Distinguished Christian Fathers (DCF) Awards. They include, Sir Jasper Onuekwusi, Sir Raphael Onwusonye, Sir Goddy Emele, Barr. B.N.E. Nwigwe and Ezinna Peter Etoamaihe.