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Diocesan women’s fellowship conference held at Asarama circuit


Etim Ekong

Methodist women in the Diocese of D/Line, Port Harcourt met at Methodist Church Nigeria Asarama from Thursday, 16th to Sunday, 19th August, 2018 for their Annual Conference. The event witnessed teaching, based on the Theme of Conference “Strive for Peace and Holiness” (Hebrew 12:14), Expository Talk, Prayer for Peace in Andoni (Obolo) land, Rivers State and for the entire Nation. The Circuit Priest of Asarama, The Rev. Jacob Nzubee gave Expository Talk and called on the women to be carriers of peace in their homes and society, stressing the fact that there are treasures embedded in women and that if these treasures are tapped, they could bring sustained peace in the home, Church and Society.
The Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Dr. Etim U. Ekong, JP in his goodwill message to the women, saw them as “a great gift to the Church and society”. He urged them to do more, and to follow examples of women like Mother Theresa, Susanna Wesley, Deborah and Mary Magdalene, who left lasting legacies and historic examples that any woman can emulate. They were advised to avoid the spirit of hatred, jealousy, backbiting, unforgiveness, gossip, envy, strife and segregation.

The National Women’s Fellowship President, Nneoma Florence Uche, in her address to the women, implored them to pray as never before from now to the end of 2019, so that God will bring a lasting peace before, during and after the election by choosing our David, Joseph, Moses to deliver Nigeria from all her troubles. She encouraged all to register and collect their voter’s card. Also, credible Christian women should be supported to contest and win any chosen position. The Archdiocesan Women’s Fellowship President, Ezinne Grace Agwu, during the Plenary Session, called on all women to “Strive for Peace and holiness in order to affect their families, the Church and the society positively.

Keynote Address was presented by Evangelist Dr. (Mrs.) Comfort Iragunima on the theme “Strive for peace and Holiness (Heb. 12:14) and the Sub theme” Christian Women Manifesting Peace and Holiness in Today’s world (Matthew 5:8-9). She showed that the subject of “Holiness and Peace” could have come at no better time than this. She gave a roadmap on how to walk in peace and holiness.
• Firstly, we have to commence the process by being “Born Again”
• Being filled with the Holy Spirit
• By exercising Patience
• Understanding that in Christ, we enjoy the cup of joy and glory alongside the cup of suffering/affliction and persecution.
• Take a decisive action to leave your comfort zone in the pursuit of peace, just like the four lepers purposed in their heart to take some risk in pursuit of salvation for themselves and their country (2 Kings 7: 3-4). She listed barriers to holy living and peace to include lust of the eye, lust of the heart and pride of life.
The Diocesan Women’s Fellowship President, Etieka Ekaette Ekong, in her address, called on all the women to live in God’s word. “The more we grow in God’s word, His will become our way”. A Christian’s life is the window through which others can see Jesus.

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