In line with the charge by the Archbishop, Province of the Niger, Anglican Communion and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim PhD, for members of his congregation to help one another always, but particularly at this time of distressed economy caused by COVID-19, some members of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka known as Friends of the Church of the Holy Spirit, has donated palliatives worth several thousands of naira to disadvantaged members of the Church.
Friends of the Church of Holy Spirit, Awka led by Retired Justice CEK Anagbogu and Coordinated by Mr Ugochukwu Okonkwo donated food palliatives to some member of the church challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic including but not limited to 100 tubers of yam, 16 cartons of Indomie, 30 bags of 10 kg Rice, and others to be presented subsequently to others Church members, even Church workers.
www.odogwublog.com reports that the Coordinator, Friends of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka, Mr Ugochukwu Okonkwo and the Secretary, Mr Kenneth Ilodigwe in company of some other members presented the palliatives to the Vicar Church of Holy Spirit, Awka, Ven. Dr. Rex C. Kanu, who appreciated the gesture and asked that it be distributed to the four families in the church for them to scale it down to those who actually needed it and another share for outsiders who visit the church for assistance.
Mr Okonkwo who was elated that members of the Church could mobilize themselves for a selfless motive said the palliatives will eventually go round to more beneficiaries since they have seen the smiles on the faces of those who benefitted as it was motivational for the group to do more for more people to benefit.
He encouraged members of the Church who have access to food items and cash to continue to contribute to the food bank of the church in accordance to the plea by the Archbishop and the Vicar of the Church of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka to help members who are challenged sequel to COVID-19. He thanked the members of prayer and spiritual Groups of the Church of the Holy Spirit for donating 5 cartons of Indomie.
Earlier in his sermon to mark the Pentecost Sunday and the Anglican Children Ministry (ACM) Sunday, the Archbishop, Province of the Niger, and Bishop of Awka diocese, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim warned parents on the dangers of dereliction of duties on their children and encouraged every parent to show love and understanding to their children for balanced growth and development.
Archbishop Ibezim’s Children message with theme ‘’To obey is better than sacrifice’’ which was delivered by Ven Dr Rex C. Kanu encouraged children to always be obedient to their parents and constituted authorities and avoid disobedience which has so many consequences. He warned against compromises and creative excuses, insisting that disobedience is totally inexcusable.
Ven Dr Kanu informed that Pentecost Sunday was 50 days after Easter and 10 days after Ascension of Jesus Christ and encouraged Christians to always abide by the dictates of the Holy Spirit in their lives in order to shun evil.
Peoples Warden, Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka, Mr Solomo Ubani described the action by members of Friends of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka as apt and in accordance to the biblical teaching of ‘Love your neighbour as thyself’ as according to him, it was unnecessary for one to be enjoying himself or herself whereas his neighbour is in agony and want. He thanked members for their selfless service and initiative for service for God and humanity.