By Chukwudi Ikpe
Christian fathers have been charged to see themselves as agent of positive change and strive hard to remain focused, diligent and committed in order to advance the Kingdom of God.
An Anglican Prelate and the Bishop of Gwagwalada Diocese in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Rt. Rev. Moses Bukpe Tabwaye gave the charge while preaching a sermon during the thanksgiving service to mark the end of the 11th Owerri Diocesan Men’s Conference at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Orji in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State last Sunday.
He emphasized the need for fathers, as heads of the church, to be well disciplined as well as to shun immoral and unworthy behavious.
Bishop Tabwaye, who was a guest preacher at the conference, enjoined Christian fathers to always be ready and desirous to serve and work for God, irrespective of their positions, adding that God strengthens and blesses those who work for him.
“God is looking for a man to change the world. A change that will affect people positively. Whatever we are today and all we have belong to God. You are saved to save others and blessed to bless others. Use your talent, energy and resources to serve and work for God”, the prelate charged fathers.
He made it clear that men should be useful to their families and God and called on Christians in general to embark on massive and aggressive evangelism, stressing that it is the essence of human living.
The service which was presided over by the Bishop of Owerri Diocese and President, Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP was conducted by Ven. Chimezie Onyenuma, the Diocesan Clerical Chaplain.
The Old Testament lesson from Genesis 18:16-25 was read by Sir Henry Ogojiaku while the New Testament lesson for 11 Timothy 4:1-8 was read by Sir Herbert Anyadike.
Highpoint of the service were the cutting of the conference cake and the presentation of the 2019 Diocesan Christian Fathers Award.
The Award recipients include Sir Bright Nwelue, Sir Herbert Anyadike, Mazi Godson Ugorji, Sir Reginald Emereole, Sir Engr. R.O Ejimadu among others.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the conference, the host Administrator, Rev. Canon Uneze Ukaegbu expressed happiness over the hosting the annual event and gave all the glory to God.
Also speaking, a delegate and 2019 Award recipient, Sir Herbert Anyadike said that the theme of the conference is a wake up call for all men. He also said that the award will push him to do more for God and humanity.
In his closing remarks, the Bishop announced that the next conference will be hosted by Achi Mbieri Archdeaconry in 2020.