Communique Issued At The End of The Bishops And Wives Retreat At Bariga LagosJanuary 18, 2023
- NGOZI ADIGHIBE
- May 18, 2019
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The former President of Nigeria Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has solicited for prayers for Nigeria because of serious challenges she is facing in kidnapping, robbery and unwanton killings, shedding of innocent blood.
He made this appeal in his goodwill message to the third session of the Tenth Synod holding at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Gwarinpa.
He thanked the Primate of all Nigeria for supporting him in the face of people fabricating lies against him.
Dr. Jonathan thanked the Anglican Church for their unalloyed support and prayers for him and his families. He appealed to the Church to continue praying for him because of ugly stories being paddled against him.
He launched the presidential address of the Primate on behalf of his family with a whooping sum.
MY FAITH IN THE ANGLICAN COMMUNION IS FURTHER STRAIGHTENED – SPECIAL INTERVIEW WITH THE CHAIRMAN LOC 2019 SYNOD SIR MAC – JOHN NWAOBIALA
Question: How has it been?
So far so good; we thank God for having guided us thus far, His Grace has been sufficient for us in all our preparations.
What challenge did you face Hosting the Synod?
Synod is capital intensive. The major area of focus is raising the fund to execute an efficient and distinguished Synod. Particularly when it is realized that this is the very last Synod of our Primate; Mobilization of Fund is not a tea party but, we thank God for the support received from different groups, individuals and Organizations who willingly gave in support of the Synod. In this area a lot of lessons were learnt which will guide us in future events. We are absolutely appreciative of all those that gave and we pray that Jehovah will continuously bless them in all ramifications.
12 sub-committees of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) were constituted. We had a challenge of attendance at meetings however those that attended gave their very best.
Another constraint we have was space, (the venue is landlocked) including challenges of parking of cars we are however grateful that various surrounding Churches collaborated with us by releasing their parking spaces for us. We enjoyed the services of the Civil Defence Corps, the Road Safety and Police. The entire Church was given a facelift in preparation for the 2019 Synod.
Talking about food, care was taken on the selection of the Menu to cover all categories of persons. Adequate provision was made to cover all delegates and others, so far feeding arrangements have been handled efficiently. We are eternally grateful to members who joyfully donated food items including Cows and Goats for feeding the delegates. Special thanks goes to the Supervising Priest and host Vicar; Ven. Ephraim Akanya and the Priests from other Parishes for their Godly and fatherly embrace.
Organizing an event of this magnitude is not easy a lot of experiences have been shared, commitments given on all we give God the glory for the opportunity given to serve. My faith in the Anglican Communion has been further strengthened.