…appreciates God for giving fathers patience to survive trying times
Archbishop of Niger Province and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Anambra State, Rt. Rev. Alexander Ibezim has cautioned fathers against stagnancy, charging them to be courageous and actionable.
The prelate who gave the advice during Father’s Sunday Service at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Awka, said God’s intention for them as pillars of the family was to progress in life and not to remain stagnant.
He expressed worry over increasing cases of deaths ocasioned by high blood pressure, depression and economic hardship.
He however appreciated God for giving fathers patience to survive trying times, particularly before, during and after the elections that led to a new government, urging them not to give up.
He said, “We thank God for giving the fathers the patience and endurance to survive the trying times. You know what the nation has passed through during the elections that led to a new government.
“God is still encouraging fathers through Prophet Joshua to arise and possess their possession. All the challenges and hardtimes are over. They should look towards the future with hope.
“I want the fathers to be courageous and actionable. You can’t be stagnant because stagnation can’t achieve anything. A stagnant family is a deprived family. Stagnancy is a satanic arrow. Be released from the shackles of stagnation.
“It’s unfortunate the way geople die like cockroach. Don’t die out of high blood pressure s you will reap the fruit of your labour.”
Earlier, Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Dr Onyekachukwu Ibezim, while felicitating with fathers on their day, encouraged the church to support the State government through prayers in its drive to building the state to a prosperous home.
On his part, Vicar of the Church of Holy Spirit, Ven. Rex Kanu urged homes without a father to look unto Jesus as their father, just as he advised fathers themselves to look up to God to be able to carry their cross and that of the society.
Chairman Anambra State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and Chairman 2023 father’s Sunday Organizing Committee, Comrade Odogwu Emeka Odogwu while describing fathers as pillars of the society, said their guidance, directions, inputs had been very beneficial to the society.
Chairman Christian Men’s Fellowship, Dr Raymond Ofor encouraged all fathers to be role models and ensure that their children and other’s children are taken care of for the sake of the church and the society.
The service witnessed presentation of ambassadorial awards to seven men for their support to the work of God and growth of the church in the Anglican Communion.
The awardees are Kenechukwu Ochuba, Ifeanyi Kenechukwu Chigbo Evang Chukwuebuka Ogunta, Engr Ejikeme Ugochukwu Umeokafor, Ifeanyi Ekwealor, Engr Emeka Okafor, and Hon Peter Onyejegbu.