By Nick Chibunna
The Anglican Diocese of Ikeduru, under its Indoor Member prayer cycle (IMPC) programme, otherwise known as “St Luke’s Day’, last weekend paid over N600,000 outstanding medical bills of 14 patients who were stranded in various hospitals, due to their inability to offset their bills, even offer being discharged.
The annual event, which was in commemoration of Apostle Luke, who was a physician as well as a preacher, was piloted by the Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Chigozie maduwike, JP.
The Bishop and his team visited St. David’s Hospital Ikenegbu Owerri, Federal Medical Centre (FMC) Owerri and St. Christopher’s Hospital Atta in Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State where their humanitarian gesture threw the beneficiaries off their feet as they danced in joy, praising God and pouring encomiums on the Bishop and his team.
In a brief exhortation at St. Luke’s Chapel, St. David Hospital Owerri, Bishop Maduwike explained to patients, staff and others present that God was a covenant keeping father who would never fail in fulfilling his promises.
Taking his message from Genesis 28:13, entitled “Divine encounter”, Bishop Maduwike to meet anybody, anytime and anyplace no matter the circumstance and situation.
According to him, God was always in the business of making his power manifest in the midst of his people and would always provide for them today as in the past.
The prelate, who noted that most of the problems and predicaments in life were as a result of what we have done or what the enemy has done, also assured the faithful that God, in His infinite mercy, will always see his people through.
Bishop Maduwike enjoined Christians to cement their relationship with God, which is the key to open doors, success and glory.
The ministration session was spirit filled and power packed as God used his servant, Bishop Maduwike to effect instant miracles and healings.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed joy over the wonderful feature.
At St. David Hospital Owerri, a 30 year old accident victim, Kevin Uzogu from Bayelsa State, who was on a wheel chair, was full of thanks to God for using Bishop Maduwike to wipe his tears. His outstanding bill of over N80,000 was cleared by the diocese.
Similarly, both Mrs Ogechi Denis, a Catholic faithful from Abia State and Mrs Blessing Elegeonye of the Salvation Ministry from Ifakala in Mbaitoli LGA could not hold their joy when their outstanding bills totaling N92,000 and N74,000 respectively were defrayed by the Diocese at FMC Owerri.
Speaking on behalf of the FMC management, senior staff of the centre, Mrs. Patience Nwankwo, commended bishop Maduwike and his team for the work of charity and prayed God to continue to sustain their ministry.
The bishop was accompanied on the visit by his chaplain, Rev. Emma Onyerogbulem, Ven. Clelland Nzeh and Rev.Canon Chidi Njoku, the Diocesan Director of Communications.