Church of Nigeria

The Mind, A Divine Deposit From God – Ven Ekpenisi

The mind of every individual determines his or her worth.

This was the submission of the Ven. Godfrey I. Ekpenisi, a Priest of the Basilica of Grace Anglican Church, Gudu District Abuja at the Youth Summit organized by the Diocese of Abuja Anglican Communion. The Summit which was held at the Church was tagged, ‘Power of Mindset – Replenish and Subdue.’ Ven. Ekpenisi who spoke on the theme said that the mind is a divine deposit that contains all it takes for a person to change his or her destiny adding that the mind must be stirred in the right direction.

He defined mindset as a set of attitudes or fixed ideas that a person has that is often difficult to change stating that it can deliver one from sin or lead one to sin. The Cleric explained ways through which the right mindset can be formed and according to him, they include engaging in rational, logical and analytic thinking, having a vision, being informed, observing other great people, meditating, doing research and praying.

Meanwhile, the President of all women organizations Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion and the wife of the Primate of All Nigeria, Mrs. Nkasiobi Okoh ably represented by Mrs. Johnson of St. James Anglican Church, Asokoro Abuja has asked the youths to dig the word of God and they will find treasures in the Bible that will make them wise and prosperous. She said that the President, Mrs. Nkasiobi Okoh organized this youth summit because she felt that there should be an umbrella where all youth groups can come under and also an avenue for the women of the diocese to impact the youths through empowerment seminars and training. Mrs. Johnson pointed out that this is the Second Youth Summit organized by the Abuja diocese adding that four persons empowered last year had come forward to testify.

Furthermore, the Diocesan Youth Chaplain, the Rev. Canon Ovie Ezimeruwe who spoke on ‘Using Facebook as a money making tool’ has charged youths to use what they have to empower themselves. He enlightened the youths on ways through which they could make legitimate money using Facebook and cited himself as an example of one whose business has profited from the advertising platform of Facebook. He pointed out that the youths have so much at their disposal to make money and empower themselves; hence, he advised them to stop wasting their time doing unnecessary things on the internet but rather research to empower their minds. When asked on his opinion concerning the minority view that Facebook is negative, the Cleric said that one cannot rule out the negative side of life. He clarified that the devil will always create a counterfeit of anything good, therefore according to him, the corruption of something good does not make that thing bad in itself.

The summit featured talks by learned and experienced individuals, interactive and empowerment sessions, Games and gift presentations. Also present at the event were youths from different Churches in the Anglican Communion and from other denominations in Abuja.