By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
The Grace of God Mission International has ordained one hundred and forty Pastors to become Reverends in order to strengthen the spread of evangelism in the current era of challenging times.
Those Pastors selected had been in the ministry for a minimum of ten years and had been found worthy in learning and character to be ordained Reverends for higher responsibilities in the ministry, the Administrator of the Grace of God Mission International, Barr (Elder) G.N. Afah who administered the oath of canonical obedience to them, stated.
He said the Reverends were dedicated, committed and devoted with impeccable records.
The Presiding Bishop, Grace of God Mission International, Bishop Dr Paul C. Nwachukwu, Amb, P (UN), performed the ordination with the support of other twelve Bishops at His Glory Cathedral, Grace of God Mission, 3-3 Trans-Nkisi, GRA, Onitsha, during the 5-day 2018 convention with the theme, ''The Glory is here''.
The 2018 Convention which lasted from November 21st to November 25th featured medical outreach, teaching, workshops, youth empowerment and marriage symposium as well as prayer rally and consecration of Reverends. There was also a thanksgiving by Diploma and Post Graduate Diploma Theology graduates of the Grace of God Bible School.
As well, Bishop Nwachukwu presented a 97-year old Elder Osita Nwokeabia, who served the Church meritoriously as an executive council member, Trustee and first Auditor of the Church for 45 years, to the Church. Nwokeabia used his resources in working for the Church. He stopped early morning evangelism 5 years ago and was given a special appreciation for his good service to the church all through his life time, which saw funds running into millions being raised for him with Grace of God presenting N500, 000 and Bishop Nwachukwu N100,000. Other guests and worshippers, as well as groups, donated to Pa Nwokeabia whose wife, Mrs Monica Nwokeabia, 85,beamed with smiles at the unexpected turn of events.
Nwokeabia is from Achi and was instrumental to the establishment of Grace of God Mission in almost every community in the Oji River axis, and even parts of Ufuma in Anambra State.
He warned that the era of occult men occupying leadership positions was over, even as he regretted the activities of fake pastors and men of God who, he said, entertained the audience rather than preach repentance to Christians.
He identified the problem of God's people as ignorance and inability to comprehend God's purpose, even as he warned preachers of the gospel against undermining God's intentions and purpose.
Bishop Nwachukwu who is the founder and Archbishop of Grace of God Mission, explained that the aim of the convention was to awaken Christians and let them know that the glory was here and also to tell them the urgent need to preach the gospel of kingdom.
He predicted that things would not remain the same in Nigeria, saying, 'We know there is crisis in the state, some of these were caused by wrong decisions from people, particularly our leaders. That's why we need to pray to God so that those at the helm of affairs in the state and country would make good decisions for the interest of the citizens.
'Countries move forward and at some point, backward, all because of good or bad leadership.'
He however urged the people of the state to get their Permanent Voter cards (PVCs) ahead of next year's elections, noting that the cards were a panacea for bad leadership.
The clergy also blamed people that sold their votes for money and said such people should hold themselves responsible for the state of the nation.
Earlier, the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, urged churches and men of God to preach repentance, even as he assured that it was only repentance that could bring the country out of her challenging state.
Obiano represented by the Secretary to the state Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, commended Bishop Nwachukwu for the undiluted word of God targeted at repentance, unlike what was obtainable in some Churches that emphasized prosperity.
He noted that Anambra State had experienced low voter turnout in the past and pleaded to all who had registered for PVC to obtain them as it would enable them to vote for the candidates of their choice in the forthcoming general elections.
While appealing for support for APGA in the forthcoming elections, Obiano appealed to Bishop Nwachukwu to assist the Government to pray for repentance for the people of Fegge in Onistha as the zone remained a challenge for the state government due to the high rate of crime there.
He said Anambra was difficult to govern, hence the need for prayers for his government. He called for religious tolerance and freedom of worship in the country.
In an interview, the chairman, Convention Planning Committee, Elder Walter Akuruka, described the event as awesome and noted that the Church used the convention to pray for the nation and the states in an era of uncertainty and total economic collapse.
Speaking also in an interview, Bishop Paul Nwachukwu Jnr said the Grace of God Mission International had a mandate to spread the gospel with good education to try hard to reach areas like the Pacific and Atlantic people. He noted that the ordination of the reverends after a minimum of ten years as Pastors showed that they were really called by God.