By: Jimogu, S. C
November 24th, 2019 marked a remarkable day in the history and time of Assemblies of God church (Victory Temple) Royce road, owerri, Imo state as the governor of Imo state, His Excellency Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha joined host of worshippers, friends, associates, political and religious leaders as the church was dedicated to the Almighty God, after sixty six (66) years of It’s commencement at No. 44 Royce road, owerri, Imo state.
In a welcome address, the senior minister of the church, Rev. Julius Odionyenma, expressed gratitude to God Almighty for making a day like this to come in the history of Assemblies of God church ( Victory Temple). The senior minister however thanked the governor of Imo state, His Excellency Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha and his rebuild Imo team for granting the church a peaceful environment to mark this monumental and historic event of Thanksgiving and Dedication of “21st Century Magnificent Church Edifice”
In a heart broken sermon, the General Superintendent of Assemblies of God church, Rev. Chidi Okoroafor, Ph. D, admonished the church to use this edifice for winning souls for Christ Jesus. He charged them to always adopt wholistic evangelism, rather than seeing evangelism as a departmental affairs. He further declared “Operation no empty seat”. According him, building an edifice for the worship of God is good, but another thing is to get those who will worship God in such an edifice. He advised the church not to turn the house of God as a den of robbers, but should be seen as a house of prayers, healing and a place of Communion with God.
In his words, the governor of Imo state, His Excellency Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha who was ably represented by the chief of staff to the governor, Barr Chris Okewulonu thanked the General Superintendent, Rev. Chidi Okoroafor, Ph.D for finding out time to visit Imo state, especially now that the state need intercessors, prayers and supplications. The governor who spoke through his chief of staff appreciates Christians in Imo state, especially the Assemblies of God church for their commitment in making the rebuild Imo project a success, through their prayers and other moral and spiritual support when he called upon them. Your efforts can never be in vain, the governor assures.
In his words, the governor assured them of governing Imo state with the fear of God. He assured the people that his administration will not be reckless, one sided, bias, extravagant. He, however promised to deliver quality edifice like the church being dedicated, on infrastructure, education, healthcare etc.
Similarly, the governor told the church that in a short time, his administration will resolve the crisis which erupted between them and the past administration in the state on the issue of acquisition of land. He assured them of replacement. Therefore, the governor prayed the church to keep praying for him and his young administration as there are a lot of challenges mounting ahead of the new Imo, but through your prayers and support, we will overcome all these troubles.
In the entourage were; Barr Chima Nwana ( Deputy chief of staff) and other top government functionaries, friends, associates and media crew.