Flood disaster: Bishop reassures Christians

Bishop of the Diocese of Egbu, Rt. Rev. Geoffrey Okorafor, has assured Christian and others passing through the pains of natural disasters such as the recent flood in parts of the country of God’s steadfastness.
The bishop was delivering a homily at a thanksgiving service at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Eziobodo, in Owerri West LGA, Imo State.
He recalled the experience of the nation in 2012 when there was flooding and reminded the congregation that through they pass through waters and rivers, they would not drown, nor would they be scorched by fire.
He identified fire and other essentials of life that could cause pains to the people. Taking his text from Isaiah 43 verses 1-3 the Bishop opined that in spite of the havoc associated with flooding and fire outbreak, which could cause them emotional trauma, God he said would be with them.
He further explained that whether these trials come in form of physical flood and fire, there would be calmness so long as they repose all their confidence in God.
Bishop Okorafor pointed out that the service was a thanksgiving in honour of the Vicar of Eziobodo Parish, Rev. Canon Joel Chima, on his elevation as Canon of the Cathedral Church of All Saints, Egbu.
He urged the congregation of Eziobodo to cherish what they have and value the posting of the Rev Canon.
The Bishop urged the new Canon to put all trust, not to deviate  from his steadfastness in the Lord, but trust in Him, reassuring that the Lord would always be there to rescue his own.
He enjoined all who have witnessed elevations  in leadership position not to be self centered, but employ team work in order to win the heart of those working with them, adding that they should pursue all that make for cordiality in their work.
The Eucharistic service, which was celebrated by the Bishop, had the old testament reading taken from Daniel 6:10-23  read by Mrs. Julia Joel Chima, wife of the celebrant.
The Epistle taken from Hebrew 11:2-2;8-16 was read by Rev. David  while the Gospel taken from Matthews 2:1-12 was read by Rev Chibuzor Nwakali.
High points of the service include choral rendition by the Anglican Children Ministry, Eziobodo parish and a play let by the Anglican Church of Redemption (ANCOR), Umuejechi, Umualum- Nekede, where the celebrant served before his hosting to Eziobodo parish.
Present in the service were the traditional ruler of Eziobodo Autonomous Community, Eze Lucky Okoro, Barr.Emeka  Nwaneri, Chairman of the Christian Men’s Fellowship (Diocesan CMF), football hero of our time and an indigene of Eziobodo, Mr. KeIechi Nwakali, Registrar of the Diocese, Bar Ifeanyi Eke, Chief Magistrate Maureen Onyewuotu, Sir Osita Igwilo , the Chairman of the Diocesan Synod Planning Committee, Dr. Uchenna Uchehara who chaired the short reception, amongst many other distinguished personalities.

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