Ukanwa, Onuoha, Nedison, Uzodimma, others grace Isi Mbano Synod
The Bishop of Isi Mbano Diocese Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Godson Ukanwa, has called on Christians to see trials as a way to triumph and victory life. The Bishop said this during the second session of the 10th Synod of the Diocese in the Ecclesiastical Province of Owerri held at St. Peter’s Church, Amaraku, Isiala Mbano local council in Imo State.
Speaking on the theme: “Trials To Triumph: The Test of Genuineness and Strength of True Faith,” which was taken from James 1: 2-4, Ukanwa described trial as a mere examination of faith, which has the intention to distract Christians from fulfilling divine purposes.
According to him, triumph over trials showcases a true Christian, adding that despite the nation’s trials as a country since independence, it will surely triumph provided Nigerians put their trust in God’s word.
The Archbishop of Owerri Province of the Anglican Communion, Most Rev David O.C. Onuoha noted that Christianity is not all sugar and butter, but a faith spiced with trials and temptation.
In the Synod Sunday Service, the guest preacher and Bishop of the Diocese of Jalingo, Rt. Rev. Foreman Nedison, speaking on the topic: “Turning Trials to Triumph,” reminded Christians that every story of triumph is preceded by a trial story, adding that triumph does not exist independent of trials.
Citing 1Peter 5:10, the Bishop stressed that tests and trials strengthen Christians and assures that the test one is allowed to pass through in life is his/her triumph.
Nedison, who cited the cases of Joseph, Job and Jesus Christ as people who passed through trials, disclosed that Christianity does not connote a trial-free platform.
The Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, who was at the service, noted that the peace that is gradually returning to the state would be sustained for long.
The governor assured the church that his government will continue to support the church, saying that for whatever he does, God is at the forefront. He also donated N10m to the diocese.
Commending the governor for some of the giant strides in the state in the areas of road construction and creation of development centres, Bishop Ukanwa called on Uzodimma to adequately fund the state security agencies for a lasting peace in the state.