The Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion, (EFAC) Nigeria, recently concluded her 2019 convention, with the theme, “Understand the Times” (Eph. 5:15-17).
The soul enrichment August retreat was held for clergy and wives from 12th to 14th at the St Michael’s Cathedral Aba and the general from 15th to 18th at Ovum Girls High School Ogbor-Hill Aba.
The speakers included, the former Primate of all Nigeria, Most Revd Peter Jasper Akinola, the Primate of Uganda, Most Rev’d Stanley Ntagali, the host Bishop, Rt Rev Christan Ugwuzor, the Eastern bloc Chairman, Rt Rev Oko-Jaja, and GAFCON Asst. Secretary, Rt Rev Henry S. O Okeke who completed his second term as EFAC national Chairman. The Primate of all Nigeria, Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh and many other bishops and Resource Persons were also in attendance.
The Convention featured such topical seminars as: Today’s Child Vs Tomorrow’s Society, GAFCON: God’s Instrument In A Changing World, If The Foundation Be Broken…, Godly Children in an Ungodly World, Saving the Unborn Generation, Watch this Mammon, The Clergy and Misplaced Priority, Cloth Your Minsters with Righteousness…, etc.
In his opening speech, the outgoing EFAC National Chairman, Rt Rev’d Henry Okeke reiterated the theme of the convention, “Understand the time”. As he rounded off his tenure at the convention, having served for eight years, he passionately invited all to the Lords table for spiritual rejuvenation. He reiterated the importance of understanding of the time like the sons of Issachar, so as to walk with the God of times and seasons, noting regrettably that as the end of the time draws near, the society deepens in sin, and most unfortunately, pulling the church along. He finally urged everyone to listen to the messages and make good use of the opportunity. Former Primate Akinola sternly warned the ministers against insatiable appetite for materialism bedevilling some preachers in our contemporary society and reminded brethren that they serve the Almighty God in whom no secrets are hidden, and all desires of the heart known.
Highlights of the Convention included dedication by the Primate of all Nigeria, Most Rev’d Nicholas Okoh, of the newly acquired evangelism bus, music equipment and the standard generating plant donated by a high profile Anglican, a thrilling performance by the brethren from the core North and the election and commissioning of a new Executive Committee, made up of Rt Rev Dr Samuel Chukwudi Ezeofor (Chairman), Ven Henry Ajayi (Secretary), Rev Bar Josiah Onyema (Assistant Secretary), Bro Okey Achusi (Financial Secretary) and Sister Boma Dikibo (Treasurer).
The EFAC, which was founded in England in 1961 by the late Rev Canon John Stott and others and officially inaugurated in Nigeria in 1978 in the premises of former University of Ife by the then Rev Canon Yemi Ladipo (who also was the Nigeria founder and the first General Secretary and Convener) seeks the renewal of the church in faith, worship, holiness, fellowship and mission.
By Archdeacon Goddy Iloka