The Anglican Bishop of Isikwato Diocese, Umunnochi, Abia state, Right Reverend Manasses Okere says that despite the challenges COVID-19 came with , it brought fortunes to the citizenry, including re-uniting many families in prayers.
Bishop Okere spoke as the guest preacher at the 12th Synod of the diocese of Awka, Anambra state themed , “God of Eternal Destiny and His Major Attributes”, at the All Saints Church, Amaenyi, Awka South local government Area, Anambra state.
Describing COVID-19 as a blessing in disguise, Bishop Okere said the pandemic, though with its attended calamities, was a blessing to families.
His words: “God is aware COVID-19 will come the time it came. Nothing happens to God by surprise. He’s in charge of his creatures. All things worketh together, whether good or bad for the good of God’s children.
“COVID-19 has brought good fortunes, though has caused havoc. It has re-united families. People sat down with their families to pray.
“People have turned to God knowing that science has failed. It’s not God that brought it, but he’s aware that it’s coming, and will work out His purpose through it.
“COVID-19 has also exposed the weakness of our health sectors, exposed us globally. We thank God for the efforts so far, though with a mixture of politics. We continue to look unto God.”
Earlier, the Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Bishop of Anglican diocese of Awka , Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim prayed that Christians won’t be found wanting at the end of the Christian race in heaven, particularly Church leaders.
Archbishop Ibezim commended the family of Dr Okey Anuenyiagu for the building the primary school block, particularly his late father who led others to champion Anglicanism in Amudo Village Awka and Awka diocese in general.
Highlight was provision of free facemasks by the President of Mothers’ Union , women’s and Girls’ Guild to the synod delegates and guests as well as dedication of three storey building for the Primary school in the premises of the Church built by Dr Okey Anuenyiagu as well as symbolic planting of economic trees by Archbishop Ibezim.
About 10 Bishops attended the synod service conducted by Ven Clement Mgbemena, Archdeacon, Awka Archdeaconry.