By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, last Sunday took his church planting evangelism to Orodo in Mbaitoli Local Government area of Imo State, where he performed the foundation stone laying and naming ceremony of C.M.S. Chapel Eziama Orodo.
Preaching a sermon during the service, the Bishop enjoined Christians to always take pleasure in singing praises to God, stressing that praises move God.
He highlighted the importance of unity among the people, adding that it brings development and progress.
The Prelate, who was accompanied on the Episcopal visit by his wife, Mrs. Chidiebere Oparah (Mama Owerri), called on the people of Orodo and Ogwa to maintain peaceful coexistence both in the church and community.
Taking his text from Acts 16:16, the Bishop recalled the story of Paul and Salas in Prison and urged Christians to be patient, calm and prayerful while waiting for God’s blessings.
Bishop Opara named the chapel Praise God Anglican Church, Eziama Orodo and appointed Bro Ikenna Iheanacho, former sexton of CATOL, as Church Teacher in charge of the new station.
The Bishop reiterated his target of establishing 200 new churches and called for more application for Church Teaching, especially from the youths.
The service was conducted by the Archdeacon of Orodo, Ven. Dr. Simeon Duruji while the first lesson from 1 Samuel 7:7-27 and the second lesson from Ephesians 2:17-22 were read by Sir Abed Anyadike and Rev. Canon Timothy Agoha respectively.
The foundation stone of the church building was laid by the Bishop immediately after the service.
Dignitaries present at the service include the Head of Owerri Diocesan Legal Team, Justice Evelyn Anyadike, Chairman of Imo State Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Eze Samuel Ohiri, Traditional Ruler of Eziama Obiato, HRH Eze Denis Nwagba and his wife.
In his vote of thanks Ven. Duruji expressed gratitude to the Bishop and his wife for the Episcopal visit.