It was an exciting and blissful family reunion on Sunday, 7th March 2021 as Apostle Effiong Ekpenyong of South Central Area, Nigeria accompanied by Bishop Ime Udombang and some District Leaders officiated a festive divine service for the departed at Ikot Enua congregation in Ikot Enua District.
Apostle Ekpenyong who was joyfully received expressed deep thankfulness to God for His love, grace and benevolence in this period of global pandemic.
Since the outbreak of the corona virus pandemic for over a year now it wasn't possible holding a District service.
He welcomes all to the service assuring them that the peace of God that passed human understanding will be their part and portion.
He addressed them with a word from Isaiah 55:1 "Ho! Everyone that thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat. Yes, buy wine and milk without money and without price"
In his sermon, Apostle Ekpenyong said God grants salvation to those who seek fellowship with Him, insisting that thirst and hunger are sensations that make us aware of our vital needs as living organism.
He further said deficiency experienced by both the living and the dead are spiritual thirst and this occurs when one distances oneself from God.
Every human being needs fellowship with God in order to be happy and fulfilled, he stressed.
He reminded all that the word of life is for thirsty soul, bread for strength, milk for growth and wine for joy.
The Apostle therefore call on all to accept salvation by believing in Jesus Christ and be born again out of water and the spirit and allow themselves to be strengthened by the Holy communion.
Finally, he urged all to structure their lives both inwardly and outwardly in accordance with the standards of the gospel.
Bishop Ime Udombang and District Elder Michael Asuquo served along, 340 members and guests were in attendance.
Meanwhile, Apostle Samuel Usoro of South East Area with his District leaders had to travelled for over Six hours to conduct service at Ekong/Akpabuyo in Cross Rivers State same day.
He charged all to look unto Jesus as the only mediator. He cautioned that no one can obtain salvation on merit but by the grace of God through His son.
He concluded that salvation is open for both the living and the dead.
It was blessed moment for our brethren in this remote area as they openly expressed their sincere gratitude to God for travelling mercies granted these servants of God.
Apostle Usoro assured them of his continuous prayers for them and urged them to remain resolute in their faith.