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Keep DIVCCON vision alive, Okoh charges church

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Primate, Most Revd Nicholas Okoh (third left), his wife, Nkasiobi; flanked by Primate-elect, Most Rev’d Henry Ndukuba (fourth right); Most Rev’d Friday Imaekhai; Rt Rev’d David Bello; General Secretary, Church of Nigeria, Ven. Dr. Paul Dajur; Rt. Rev’d Prof. Alfred Olwa from Uganda and DIVCCON Coordinator, Most Rev’d Tunde Adeleye at DIVCCON 2019 in Abuja.

As Primate of the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Nicholas D. Okoh prepares to hand over the mantle of leadership to his successor, the outgoing primate has called on members of his church to keep the vision of Divine Commonwealth Conference (DIVCCON) alive. Okoh, who is the initiator of DIVCCON, appealed to the church to ensure that this vision does not die. He explained that it is a very unique gathering of Christians, irrespective of their denominational affiliation.

Speaking at the yearly event, held at the National Christian Centre, CBD, Abuja, the Primate said Nigeria had experienced crisis situations capable of dividing and destroying the nation completely. He attributed the nation’s survival to God, Who has been the nation’s help in ages past.

He noted that the Church had gone through its share of attacks and persecution orchestrated to not only destroy it, but to also damage believers’ faith in Christ.

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“In this world of uncertainties and unpredictable changes, both in people and nature, the only safe refuge is to cling to the unchanging God,” he said.

The Bishop of Abuja Diocese enjoined delegates at the conference, Nigerians and political leaders to trust in God alone, walk in obedience to His word, assuring them of His help. He said God is the only reliable help at all times and in all circumstances, and that anyone who sincerely calls on Him will never be disappointed.

“Kingdoms may wax and wane, nations may rise and fall, we may grow, blossom and die, but God is immortal, timeless and ageless. He is God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, and our eternal home,” he said.

Also, the Primate-elect, Archbishop of Jos Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Gombe Anglican Diocese, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, who spoke on the theme, “O God our help in ages past,” said everyone is in need of help, regardless of his/her social standing, and that where one seeks help and where one gets help matters.

The incoming primate, who described the theme as apt, said it was a call to Christians to implore God to help the country that is fast becoming a failed state, where all sorts of evil abound.

The Bible study coordinator, Bishop of Owo Diocese, Rt. Rev. Stephen Fagbemi, charged Christians to wait on God, even when things are tough and not take Him for granted. He admonished Christians to always pray at the right place and at the right time, so that they would not miss out on God’s plan to move them into fulfilling their destiny.


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