By Gid Ahanonu
Home /Abroad women conference of St. Paul’s (Ang) church Ubakwru Mbieri has ended with a thanksgiving service and fund raising ceremony.
Preaching the sermon at the service conducted by the Vicar, Ven. Chidi Oparah, the curate, Rev Okechukwu Nzeako called on Christians who preach the gospel not to water down the word of God to suit the crowd, no matter the challenges of the present time, recalling that despite the opposition forces the biblical Amos faced during his period he stood firm in spreading God’s message undiluted.
In his reference to the theme of the sermon: “choose good and hate evil,” the preacher urged the people to worship God in spirit and in truth and not to worship idol since no one can serve two masters at the same time, pointing out that the choice we make toady will affect our tomorrow. He then assured Christians that no amount of evil prayers and deliverances can stop faithful Christian from living in Christ Jesus.
Speaking later the Vicar /Archdeacon, Ven. Chidi Oparah commended the women for their peaceful deliberations on a number of issues concerning the development of the church and described them as vessels for promotion of God’s work.
He encouraged them to keep it up and prayed God to grant them peace and unity of purpose at all times.
Addressing the women earlier, the President of Home and Abroad Women, of St Pauls, Mrs Rebecca Ozuzu, called on the women to religiously abide by the theme. ‘The lord is my helper” 1 Sam 7:12 in all their endvors through repentance, giving their heart to Jesus, abhorrence of Idol worship and other unchristian attitude for God to deliver them from the evils of the present time like the Israelites.
She urged the women to pray to God and sacrifice to Him without ceasing for them to be victorious in life.
She listed their challenges to include lack of commitment and non-payment of levies by some members and urged those concerned to turn a new leaf for them to move forward in the years ahead.
He then solicited for financial assistance from the church faithful to enable them complete their e-kitchen project.
The event featured lectures, Bible study, and evangelism, bible quiz competition for which the home branch lifted up the trophy by beating Aba, multy, and Port-Harcourt branches to the 2nd 3rd and 4th positions, respectively.
Highlight of the occasion was a fund raising activity in support of the women’s project which was moderated by Mr. John-ken Ewurum and the Women’s Vice President, Lady Scholar Iwuajoku.