The Guardian (Nigeria)

You’re A Model For Others To Emulate, Orji Praises Ndukuba

- By Princewill Ireoba Ibru Internatio­nal Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha- Otor Delta State. www. ibrucentre. org

COORDINATI­NGBISHOP of the Church of Nigeria North American Mission ( CONNAM), Rt. Rev. ( Dr.) Felix Orji has described the ministry of the Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Most Rev. Henry Ndukuba, as exemplary and a model for others in the Church of Nigeria ( Anglican Communion) and the Global Anglican Future Conference ( GAFCON) to emulate.

This was contained in a welcome address, which he presented to the Primate and his entourage during their visit to the United States of America ( USA) for the dedication of Holy Trinity Cathedral Church, Houston, Texas on June 26, 2021.

Orji, who appreciate­d the mission focus and prioritisa­tion of the reign of God by the Primate, said he has demonstrat­ed “what it means to be a godly, irenic, evangelist­ic, mission- minded, gracious, and discipline­d leader.”

Commending the doggedness and versatilit­y of Ndukuba’s ministry, Orji said: “Your Grace’s record of rugged evangelism in Northern Nigeria, of suffering, and courage for the sake of the gospel is remarkable. By the grace of God, you have remained undaunted despite adversitie­s, the burning of your house, and assassinat­ion attempts on your life. Undeterred and encouraged by the Holy Spirit, you have demonstrat­ed your love for the poor and oppressed by serving the community, building schools and medical facilities wherever God has allowed Your Grace to serve. We are thankful to the Lord that our Primate is a dedicated missionary, liturgist, educator, and humble preacher of the Word of God.

“We believe that by the end of your primacy, we will look back with thanks to God that this season was indeed a season in which we experience­d and submitted ourselves to the reign of God in all aspects of the Church of Nigeria. Thank you for being a good example and model for us in the Church of Nigeria ( Anglican Communion) and the Global Anglican

Future Conference ( GAFCON).”

Orji stated that the Church of Nigeria North American Mission ( CONNAM), which comprises the Anglican Diocese of the West ( ADOTW) led by Bishop Felix Orji and assisted by two Suffragans - Bishops Scott Seely and Celestine Ironna; the Anglican Diocese of the Trinity ( ADOTT) also currently under the supervisio­n of Bishop Felix Orji and assisted by three Suffragans – Bishops Kayode Adebogun, Martyn Anagbogu and Augustine Unuigbe; and the Diocese of the Armed Forces and Chaplaincy ( JAFC) led by Bishop Derek Jones, has the mission to reach Nigerians and others in North America with the gospel of Christ.

“We are not here to build a legacy and kingdom for ourselves. Rather, we are here to make disciples for Christ and draw people into the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ,” he said.

Orji, who is also Bishop of the Diocese of the West, whose Cathedral was dedicated by Ndukuba at Houston, said the Diocese has approximat­ely 90 clergy in more than 50 churches, spread out over 14 US states, four Canadian Provinces, and the Persian Gulf. He said the new Cathedral is the second Cathedral of the Diocese.

The first was a historic Cathedral in El Paso, Texas, St. Francis Cathedral Church.

The headquarte­rs of the Diocese was, however, moved in 2009 to Holy Trinity Church in Houston, Texas, to make it more central and efficient. The Parish of Holy Trinity purchased the land for the building of the new Cathedral in 2011. The foundation was laid in 2017; while constructi­on commenced in 2018. He appreciate­d the former priest of the Cathedral, Very Rev. ( Dr.) Godson PaulNzeh, current Archdeacon, Ven. Chukwuma Ubadinobi, along with his wife, Ijeoma and dedicated team of clergy and lay leaders, especially the Building Committee and its Chairman, Dr. Charles Udolisa and the Dedication Committee and its Chairman, Sir Charles Onuogu.

 ??  ?? Primate Ndukuba in cope ( left) with Bishop Orji ( second right) at the Houston Cathedral dedication
Primate Ndukuba in cope ( left) with Bishop Orji ( second right) at the Houston Cathedral dedication

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