UGOCHI NWAGBO reports that as Anglican Christian mothers all over the World celebrate this year’s Mothering Sunday, the Vicar Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka, Reverend Canon Jason O.Z. Onyeakagbusi has said that any marriage without romance in it is dead on arrival.
In his sermon to mark the 2018 Mega Mothering Sunday celebration of the Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka at the Church Compound, (Paul University, Awka), Rev Canon Onyeakagbusi encouraged men to love, cherish and celebrate their wives always to give room for family romance in marriage.
He reminded that God made women wonderful helpmate for men, hence women take so many risks to keep their home peaceful and progressing, wondering what life would have been like without women.
He as well appealed to mothers/women to honour their husbands by being exemplary Christian Mothers who rather than insult and look down on their husbands in time of unfavourable situations, seek God’s strength to carry the cross in love and support to the husband.
The Church of Holy Spirit Vicar pointed out that every woman should be a Pastor and a Preacher of the gospel in her home for better training of their children, adding that mothers should champion family prayers and good mangers of family’s resources.
He thanked the wife Mrs Uju Onyeakagbusi , Curate and wife, Rev Udochukwu Jeph and Mrs Obiamaka Okeke , Church Teacher, Postulant Eleazer and wife, Arch (Mrs) Ginika Okere as well as Chairperson 2018 Mega Mothering Sunday Planning Committee, Mrs Joy Amaka Ezidimma , and her members for a resounding event.
While encouraging mothers to have the word of God as their pillar, thanked them for being a wonderful creature and had made life easy for men but charged them not to abandon their primary responsibility of nursing the home always no matter the economic and social situations.
‘’…don’t be far from your children. God said you should not abandon your primary responsibility in the home for a better society. Please return home and be close to your family and abide by your nursing responsibilities God has given you. Ensure good family health and give your family balanced diet for a better life.
He encouraged women to balance family front and work since God has given them the grace and strength to be mothers. This he said they can actualize with good planning in order to continue to brighten up the families as it is their duty so to do.
He further said that women are more organized in building progressive home, Church and society but lamented that majority of women have drifted from their God given roles of nursing in the family. He added that aside God, women’s breast is holding the world peacefully together sequel to the intake of the first milk (colostrum) known to impact wisdom and knowledge to the child by mothers.
Vicar’s wife, Nneora Uju Onyeakagbusi in her address congratulated all mothers of the Church of Holy Spirit ,Awka informing them that God gave them vintage positon from creation as mothers which according to her is a place of honour which must be guarded jealously. She reminded mothers that good Christian values are under attack by so many forces from pit of hell but that they must not allow their marriages suffer. She encouraged mothers to rise to their responsibilities even as she thanked Bishop of Awka Right Reverend Alexander Chibuzor and wife Mrs Martha Ibezim for their co-operation.
Four members were given awards, Mrs Ifeyinwa Igbokwe married to Mr Iyke Chris from Ichi, Ekwusigo; Mazi O.C Akutaekwe from Akwaeze, Anaocha, husband of Nne Stellamaris Nkiru; Godwin Ifeanyichukwu Okonkwo from Nawfia , husband of Mrs Ifeoma Okonkwo (Omalicha), Njikoka and Hon Chukwuma Nwankwo from Awba Ofemmili, Awka North and husband of Mrs Onyeka Nwankwo nee Chinwuko.
Fundraising were kicked off by Barr Ifeanyi Iloakasia, Engr Chukwudi Egemba, Sir George Ezenwa, Engr Austin Okechukwu , Mr Emeka Mmadudili and Mr Ekene Ekwunife.
Chairperson, 2018 MEGA Mothering Sunday Planning Committee , Mrs Joy Amaka Ezidimma expressed gratitude to the vicar, Rev Canon Onyeakagbusi for the opportunity they were given to serve the Church describing the 2018 Mothering Sunday as a success and thanked the awardees, and all the mothers particularly vicar’s wife Nneora Uju Onyeakagbusi, Vice Chairperson 1 and 2 , Bar Philo Okoye and Lady (Arc) Oluchi.C Ifebi for the big support to the committee for its success.
In an interview, a member of the planning committee of the 2018 MEGA mothering Sunday of Church of the Holy Spirit, Awka, Hon Oby Okoli appealed to mothers to be prayerful ,dedicated , steadfast hardworking at all situations in the interest of the family as God will always reward their pains with joy.
The Access Bank Awka branch supported the mothers of Church of the Holy Spirit Awka with a cake as presented by Mrs Vivian Ubani.
The Mothering Sunday were attended by Justice CEK Anigbogu and wife Lady C.A Anigbogu , Sir Emma Ogu, Sir Emma Ezenwaji , Hon Sopuluchi Ezeonwuka , Sir Ogonna Ifebi, Mr Kenneth Ilodigwe , Surv E.C and Mrs C.G Akunebuni , Mrs Unoma Okechukwu , Lady Oby Agu, Lady Edith Ezenwa and Mr Emeka Chukwuemeka to mention but a few.