It was all joy amidst thanksgiving to Almighty God as Divine Faith Evangelical Mission International successfully completed activities marking their 2020 Women Convention.
The well attended event which took place on Sunday, September 27, 2020, at the Church headquarters located at Number 108, Charles Street, Agbor, in Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State; had the Theme “Lydia Who Worshiped God.
The women at the remarkable ceremony showcased varieties of soul lifting activities and entertainment such as Praise and Worship, Sunday School Class, Choir Ministration, Cultural Dance display and Choreography.
During sermon, the Guest Speaker Pastor (Mrs.) Igbodo N. who spoke on the theme of the Convention, “Lydia Who Worshiped God”, took her Bible reading from the books of Acts 16:14-15, Judges 19:18-21, Exodus 23:25-26, Hebrews 13:1-3 and Luke 2:36-38.
Admonishing the congregation, she defined worship as to reference, honour and the paying of homage to God; while Lydia, means A Kind Spirit; disclosing that Lydia in the Bible was a Widow and an anointed woman of God; a giver who worshiped God with all that she had.
Continuing, the wife of the General Overseer of the Church, urged the women to emulate Lydia’s sterling quality of generosity if they want to attain greater heights in life, saying that giving usually pave way for their lifting and also serves as a medium of announcing them during the period of trials; emphasizing that there are rewards which they will benefit from God when they give to the work of God in the Lord’s Vineyard.
Speaking further, she warned the gathering to desist from murmuring because it hinders the blessings of God from getting to them. She charged them to serve God diligently with their body, time and resources; urging that they show love to their brethren and to always extend some hands of affection to the destitute in the church; she also enjoined them to make out time in praying for the growth of the church.
Pastor (Mrs.) Igbodo, outlined some benefits which they stand to enjoy through the act of giving, they include; God granting them their heart desires; it averts death, sickness and lack; giving to the work of God breaks generational curses; it secures posterity; it offers fruitfulness; it brings divine health and puts an end to plagues.
She encouraged them to develop the heart of giving to God willingly, promptly, timely and cheerfully because there are bountiful blessings attached to Giving.
The Guest Speaker, asked to know from the congregation what they would be remembered for like Hannah, Dorcas and the Shunamite woman in the Bible; emphasizing that God will reward them wonderfully as they make amend and be committed in giving what they have to the work of God.
Earlier in a related development, Sister Amaka, who handled the Sunday School session, spoke on the topic she titled, “Show Kindness”, she took her Bible reading from the books of First Samuel 20:1-16, First Samuel 21:1-19, Ruth 1:1, Acts 18:18 and Galatians 6:9.
She stated that Kindness is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit; saying that as a person whenever one shows Kindness to his or her enemies they have handed such enemies over to God and the fire of God will continually torment such enemies which eventually will make them to run away from their victims.
She charged them to always remember that as individuals when they do well they get good rewards, so also when they do badly they get bad rewards.
Highpoint of the occasion was the Special thanksgiving by the church women who in praise and worship danced in great jubilation as they appeared before the Altar of God to thank Him for His love and mercy which had kept them alive in good health to celebrate this year’s Women Convention.
The colourful event also witnessed presentation of gifts to the General Overseer of the Church Prophet Joseph Igbodo and his wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Igbodo N., in appreciation of their landmark achievements over the years in taking the Church to higher heights. The women also presented gift items to Pastor Michael Ukwuoma, who is the Minister in charge of Divine Faith Evangelical Mission International, Alisimie Branch; others are Pastor Patrick Ojougboh, the Personal Assistant to the General Overseer of the Church and Pastor Favour; for their unalloyed support and assistance to the Founder and Spiritual Leader, in moving the Church of God forward and expanding the Kingdom of God.
Prophet Joseph Igbodo, who was all smiles, while appreciating the women, commended them for their cooperation and understanding which made the day’s ceremony very successful. He appreciated the leadership of the Men of the Church for their contributions towards the overall success of the programme. He also commended the organizers of the women convention and gave them 100% for a job well done.
Continuing, Prophet Igbodo, charged the elderly women in the Church to take delight in correcting the young married women in the Church whenever they see them derailing from the ways of God. He Prayed God to bless everyone who attended the programme abundantly.
Invited guests and members of the Church were treated to wonderful refreshment by the Divine Faith Women after the thanksgiving service.
In their separate remarks during a chat with Ika Mirror Newspaper reporter shortly after the event, the leadership of the church’s women department who included; Pastor (Mrs.) Igbodo N., Deaconess Momodu Eunice, Deaconess Mama Odozi, Deaconess Egboh Ngozi and Mrs. Amino Anthonia; all thanked God for the gift of life which enabled all the women to be alive to witness this year’s celebration of the women convention which commenced on Thursday, September 24, 2020 to Sunday, September 27, 2020. They also extended their gratitude to the General Overseer of the church, Prophet Joseph Igbodo, for giving the women the privilege to showcase their talents; and thanked everyone for making out time in honouring their invitation; they prayed for God’s blessings and protection to reign supreme upon them in Jesus Name, Amen.
Pastor (Mrs.) Igbodo N
Pastor (Mrs.) Igbodo N (m) with members of the Convention planing committee
Members of the Divine Faith women during choir ministration
Pastor (Mrs.) Igbodo N (m) with the executive and members of the Divine Faith Women in a group
photograph after the event