. . . 200 Confirmed in Okpuno
By Odogwu Emeka Odogwu
Archbishop-elect, Province on the Niger, and Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Right Reverend, Alexander Ibezim, has confirmed one thousand, three hundred and twenty two Anglican faithful at St Matthew's Anglican Church, Nibo.
Right Reverend Ibezim also admitted some women into the Women's Guild, and some men into Fathers' Fellowship, even as he called on Christians to profess Christ without being ashamed.
He said they were preparing the new disciples for the Kingdom of God which they could attain if they received power to become the children of God.
He encouraged them to bear witness for Christ and live out their Christianity without compromising.
Earlier in a sermon, a visiting priest, Venerable Goodness Amechi, said through Baptism, Christians were salvaged and sins forgiven. He encouraged the candidates to deepen their relationship with God, who, he said, would give them strength to overcome life's challenges.
While appreciating God for making it a huge success, the Archdeacon of Nibo Archdeaconry, Venerable Daniel Onwuka, said the visit was a moment of soul winning and salvation, stating that the blessings of God flowed upon those who sought him.
Meanwhile, another 200 faithful had received the Sacrament of Confirmation at Okpuno. Arch Bishop-elect, Province of the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Revered Alexander Ibezim, administered the Confirmation.
The service featured Admission into the Women's Guild and Fathers' Fellowship of Saint John's Parish, Okpuno, as well as Saint Michael's and All Angels Anglican Church Ifite, Awka.
In a sermon to mark the service at Saint Michael's and All Angels Ifite Awka, the Arch Bishop Elect, Most Revered Ibezim, who spoke on the topic, “For all have sinned”, said holiness, purity and prayerful life were required from any true child of God, noting that God did not derive joy in the death of a sinner.
He lamented that many were floating on top of indecision, cultism, prostitution, among others, stating that destruction would come upon those who indulged in such acts on the last day.
Most Revered Ibezim challenged the newly confirmed candidates not to be ashamed of preaching the gospel and encouraged them to be born again for the Holy Spirit to dwell in them.
In their separate speeches, the Vicar of Saint John's Parish, Okpuno, Reverend Canon Onyekachukwu Egwuonwu, and his Saint Michael's counterpart, Reverend Canon Kenechukwu Nwafor, affirmed that the Church of Christ was marching on and that the pastoral visit had opened the eyes of the youths on how best to live so as to benefit in God's glory.
Some of the candidates newly admitted into Fathers' Fellowship, including Comrade Ifeanyi Jideofor and Barrister Julieth Amasiatu, on behalf of those admitted to the Women's Guild; and Mr Kenneth Obi, a confirmation candidate, all of the ABS Awka, promised to uphold the promises made and to live exemplary lives for others to emulate.