By Nick Chibunna
About 50 pastors, evangelists and other church workers in four dioceses in Owerri Ecclesiastical Province who received motorcycles for evangelism have been advised to use them for the right purpose.
The Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Maduwike, gave the advice when the priests and other church workers took delivery the bikes at the Bishop’s court in Atta Ikeduru.
He told the beneficiaries to embark on aggressive evangelism and church planting.
The motorcycles were in fulfillment of promises made by the motorized for Mission Project (MFOMP) in conjunction with Bishop Emmanuel Ikeduru care and charity Mission (BEICCM).
The initiator of MFOMP is Rt. Rev. Dr. James Hiles, Rector of St. Paul’s Parish, Brockton, Massachusetts, in the United States of America (USA) who visited Ikeduru Diocese during the last synod in October.
Bishop Hiles, a mission partner with the Anglican Bishop of Ikeduru, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie Maduwike, JP, had promised to donate 50 motorbikes for mission work in four dioceses in the Owerri ecclesiastical province.
The dioceses included, Ikeduru, Ikwuano, Ohaji/Egbema and Okigwe.
Bishop Maduwike thanked the Hiles family for their magnanimity and love for things of God.
He said that for long, the MFOMP had embarked on kingdom enlargement through generous donations and other aids, and prayed God to continue to bless the evangelistic outfit.
He also thanked Mummy Jane Nwankiti, a family friend of the Hiles, and prayed that God would continue to renew her strength.
Describing the church workers as lucky, he said that they were not better than their colleagues who did not benefit. He prayed God to enlarge and fulfill their respective ministries.
Earlier, during a brief service at the chapel of the Healing cross, in the Bishop’s court, the Cathedral sub-Dean and Archdeacon of Atta Archdeaconry, Ven. Sydney Akuwudike had also enjoined the beneficiaries to make the best use of the opportunity given to them.
In a word of exhortation entitled; “do not accept the grace of God in vain” (11 cor. 6:1), Ven. Akuwudike said that the grace of God is always available to those who are prepared to make exploits for God’s kingdom and righteousness, adding that the beneficiaries should rise to the occasion and do the work of God.
He congratulated the beneficiaries, describing them as lucky few who were chosen among the lot, adding that the grace is given for assignment to propagate the gospel of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
He thanked the Hiles family for their love and concerns for ministers of God, adding that the donation of motorbikes to church workers would go a long way to assist in their mission work.
The Cathedral sub. Dean said that although millions of resources had been involved, he prayed that God would always reward and replenish those who use their resources to serve him.
The brief service featured among others, prayers, praises, worship and adoration.
The Diocesan, the Rt. Rev. Emmanuel C. Maduwike conducted ministration in which all the beneficiaries were empowered and anointed for exploits.
All the beneficiaries who spoke to Christian Voice expressed their gratitude to their benefactors and prayed God to reward them abundantly.
Rev. Canon Victor Azubike, one of the beneficiaries from Ikwuano Diocese said that the gesture would go a long way to advance the course of evangelism.
He said that apart from spiritual empowerment, it would boost the morale of the beneficiaries.
Evang. Promise Nwosu from Ikeduru diocese was full of thanks to all who made it possible for him to be among the beneficiaries.
A secondary school teacher in the Imo state school system, Evang. Nwosu said that the gesture was a motivation for evangelistic outreach.
The event was attended by the representatives of all the bishops in the four diocese concerned.