An Anglican cleric, Rev. Vincent Nduka has advised couples trusting God for the fruit of womb not to give up but to keep hope alive until their prayers were granted.
He said childlessness is not a curse as no woman was created barren, adding that adoption could be considered as option than seeking help through devilish means.
Nduka spoke at St. Augustine Church, Umunze, Anambra State during the child dedication and thanksgiving service of a special baby boy to the family of Barr. and Mrs. Ndubisi Onyeakpa, a prominent legal practitioner in the state.
He also urged those with only female children to appreciate God for the blessings while those with male children should not feel superior over others.
He said, “If you don’t have a child it’s not a curse. If you have opportunity to adopt, go ahead. When you have a female child, she should be celebrated equally the same way male child is celebrated.
“Whether they be male or female, equal opportunity and blessings should be accorded them. It’s even the female children that normally take care of their parents more than the male children.
“Child bearing is a thing of joy as well as opportunity to celebrate gift of God. But we have to see beyond the gift, knowing full well that it’s also a responsibility and task for the parents.”
Preaching from Luke 12:1, the Curate warned christians to beware of preachers whose message are not backed up with the spirit of God, urging them to draw closer to God who can alone could interpret his word to them.
Mother to the baby, Mrs. Chinyere Onyeakpa described the delivery of the baby as miraculous, saying the devil had attempted to take her life in the process.
“That’s why we gave him the name Winner because the devil vowed I would die in the process but God manifested himself,” she said.
She challenged those trusting God for the similar blessings to hold on to God, saying, “that same God that remembered me and my family will do the same for them.”
The father of the baby, Barr. Ndubisi Onyeakpa, on his part expressed gladness for the bundle of blessings God showered on his family.