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COVID-19, blessing in disguise – Bishop Okere

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THE Anglican Bishop of Isikwato Diocese in Abia State, Rt. Rev. Manasseh Okere has described the novel coronavirus pandemic as a blessing in disguise.

  Bishop Okere made this assertion while delivering his homily this as a Guest Preacher at the 12th Synod of Anglican Diocese of Awka at All Saints Church, Awka in Awka South Local Government Area of Anambra State.

  The synod was held under the theme: God of Eternal Destiny and His Major Attributes.

  According to the prelate, despite the challenges that came with COVID-19, it brought fortunes to the citizenry particularly in re-uniting many families in prayers.

  “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,” he said.

  He, therefore, called the health crisis to families the calamities it has brought in death and fatality rate.

  Bishop Okere also commended Archbishop Alexander Ibezim and his wife, Martha for their steadfastness in God’s work.

  Earlier, Archbishop Ibezim who is also the host Bishop of the synod prayed that Christians won’t be found wanting at the end of the Christian race in heaven, most especially the Church leaders.

  Over 10 Bishops from various Anglican dioceses in Nigeria were in attendance.

Highlights of the event were provision of free facemasks by the President of Mothers’ Union and Women’s Guild as well as Girls’ Guide to the synod delegates and guests; dedication of a three-storey building for Udeozo Memorial Primary School and the symbolic planting of synod trees by Archbishop Ibezim.

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