November 4, 2017
Celebrating Dedications in Asaba and Issele-Uku
From the Superintendent's DESK
On Friday, I had the privilege of celebrating two church dedications with the Asaba and Issele-Uku congregations, located about twenty miles apart in Delta State.
The first dedication service began outside the Asaba church with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. This was followed by the choir singing “Battle Hymn of the Republic” as they led the way into the building. Then the Sunday school children presented a short program of several songs, including “Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory.”
Throughout the service, we were blessed by several music selections from the orchestra and choir as well as a song in Igbo, “Jehovah di nma Ojija,” which means, “God Is Good.”
Before the Scripture reading, a brief history of the work in Asaba was given. It began in 1991 when several Apostolic Faith families were transferred from Benin City to Asaba for work. They formed a Bible study and prayer group, which officially became a church on October 10, 1992. Five years later, they acquired a parcel of land, and in 2002, the foundation was laid for the current church. In the intervening years, the original structure was expanded and improved upon. In November 2016, Ezekiel Osakwe became the pastor, and he oversaw many final details to prepare the church for this dedication.
As the service continued, we enjoyed a solo of “Bless this House.” Then the dedication message and prayer were given. For the conclusion, the choir sang the “Hallelujah Chorus,” followed by the congregation singing “To God Be the Glory,” and then the benediction prayer was offered. Afterward, we were given a tour of the building, which is very impressive in size and beauty.
A short time later, we arrived at the Issele-Uku church for a ribbon-cutting ceremony there. Then we proceeded into the building for a dedication service similar to the one at Asaba, including an account of the history of the Issele-Uku work. It began in 2002 when open-air meetings were conducted by Zaccheus Ogunlana, the pastor at Owerre Olubor. This led to weekly Bible studies being held in a rented store. On May 25, 2005, Roseline Uwandi was appointed as pastor and added a Sunday school program. Two years later, a parcel of land was purchased, and in March of 2008, the foundation for the current church building was laid. Today, Augustine Ologbo is the pastor, with Sister Roseline assisting. After the service, we received a tour here as well. This was another beautiful building. We pray there will be many blessings in both locations as the Lord continues to tarry.