By Chukwudi Ikpe
The Anglican Bishop of Owerri Diocese, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Oparah, Ph.D, JP has called on Christian fathers to join hands with the Diocese, individually and collectively, in its church planting programme, as a way of expanding God’s Kingdom and fulfilling His mandate.
He made the call while delivering his Presidential Address at the 11th Diocesan Anglican Christian Fathers Fellowship (ACFF) Conference held at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, Orji in Owerri North Local Government Area of Imo State.
The Bishop reminded fathers that their lives are instruments for kingdom expansion and enjoined them to live in peace with all men, strengthen the fainthearted, encourage the weak, help one another, visit the sick and shun false witness and immoral lifestyle.
His words; “Be that instrument for kingdom expansion and make disciples that will make disciples of all nations.
“Join hands in establishing churches so that the unreached will be reached and in all that we might fulfill genuinely the mandate of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. Don’t be left out”.
Bishop Oparah, who is also the President of ACFF recalled that the “all-for-kingdom- expansion” started from the time of man’s creation down to the present age and outlined ten reasons why every Christian should win souls.
According to him, soul winning is important because it encourages believers, perpetuates truth, glorifies God, shows the reality of heaven and hell, means obedience to God’s commandment, among other benefits.
In the well articulated and well presented address, Bishop Oparah also revealed that the Anglican Diocese of Owerri will soon establish a nursing school to complement the efforts of the Diocese in providing improved healthcare for the people.
According to the Bishop, the nursing school, which will be located at the recently acquired Ogwa General Hospital Ogwa in Mbaitoli Local Government Area, will help in training nurse for the Diocesan health institutions and others.
He also stated that the Diocese shall equally revive all its institutions and parastatals and recover its health establishments.