By Emma Onumah
The Anglican Bishop of Okigwe, Rt. Rev. E.C.N. Osuegbu, Ph.D, has challenged the faithful in the Diocese of Owerri, to let the fire of evangelism burn in their lives always.
Bishop Osuegbu, who was a guest preacher at the opening service held at the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri, to mark the weeklong activities of the celebration of the Diamond Jubilee (60th) Anniversary of the Anglican Diocese of Owerri, asked all Christians to declare the gospel of Christ with boldness, as God, he said, is unchallengeable, adding that Jesus Christ, the son of God, is not only omnipotent, omniscient, but also ubiquitous.
The Prelate, who centred his homily on the theme: 60th Year Today and 60 Years after Today, traced the history of the creation of the Owerri Diocese in the year 1959 till date, and how it has come to its present level and stage, emphasized that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He lauded the Bishop of the Diocese of Owerri, Rt. Revd. Chukwuma Chinekezi Oparah Ph.D, JP, for his vision, to plant more churches in the Diocese, as a radical way to promote evangelism in the area, and to fight against the increasing siege which, he said, Christianity is facing in this part of the world and elsewhere too.
Bishop Osuegbu, who pointed out the supremacy, Excellency and inimitable nature of Jesus Christ, enjoined all, to follow Christ because, and above, and not only harmless but also unchangeable.
As he further posited, “there must be holiness in politics, relationships, and in whatever man does, stressing that, Jesus ruled in the Kingdom of men, and no one could contend with Him anytime, anywhere”.
The prelate cited many portions of the Holy Bible, including Hebrews 13:8, Heb. 14:8-9, 1 Peter, 1, Ps. 52 etc, to buttress his cautions for man. The first and second lessons at the service, drawn from Joshua 1:1-8 and Hebrews 13:5-8, were read by Sir Uche Osoagba, the President of on the Late Council of Knights of St. Christopher and Vice Chairman of the Centr4al Planning Committee for the 60th Anniversary of the Diocese of Owerri, and Lady Victoria Mbata respectively.
The highlight of the service was the posthumous awards conferred by Bishop of Owerri, Rt. Rev. Chukwuma Chinekezi Opara, Ph.D, JP on seventeen men who had worked relentlessly for the church, at one time or the other, but have since joined the church triumphant, among whom were late Professors Njoku Obi, and Enoch Anyanwu, Sir Ephraim Ekomaru, the father of the Registrar/Clerk of the Diocese of Owerri, Sir Chukwuma Ekomaru, SAN and others.