The Lead Apostle at the Altar during the festive divine service at the Central church Owerri, East Central
5 December 2023

Lead Apostle Geoffrey Nwogu arrived at Okpala Congregration from Mid-East, accompanied by Apostle Chima Ibekwe.
They were overwhelmingly received by Ministers (Active and Retired) who were already gathered for their annual one-day convention.

After the warm reception and bidding farewell to Apostle Chima, lead Apostle commenced a meeting with the ministers. In the meeting he gave directives concerning reactivating inactive congregations among other admonitions. He took the time to differentiate between inactive and dead congregations. He later held a Divine Service for the ministers. The high points of the service were the retirement and appointment of ministers: A shepherd, the rector of Umuguma Congregation and a priest from Eberi were retired while a new rector for Umuguma was appointed.

After the meeting and the ministers divine service, the Lead Apostle was joined by a number of ministers and Apostle Onwukwe to the Central church Ikenegbu, where sisters and youths already in their annual convention were waiting for their musical and drama presentations.

The intensity and joy of the presentations were very galvanizing, says Lead Apostle during his address.

On Sunday, 3rd December, Lead Apostle conducted his first advent Sunday service for 2023 at the Central Church Owerri.

His sermon was based on Jeremiah 33: 14-15 Behold, the days are coming,' says the LORD, 'that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: 'In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David a Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. He enjoined the brethren to wait for the coming of Jesus Christ eagerly and trustingly. He emphasized that the first coming of Jesus Christ was also prophesized and it came to pass despite the long time and disbelief of the people of that time. In the service, Lead Apostle sealed a soul, retired a deacon, ordained two priests and six deacons among whom were five sisters, the first females to be ordained into Spiritual Ministry in Nigeria.