ON THE OCCASION OF THE DEDICATION OF THE CHAPEL OF THE CHRIST CONGREGATION, EAST LONDON
To God alone be the glory, great things He has done.
On the occasion of the opening and dedication of your magnificent Church building, I convey to you my warmest congratulations for a good work done. The dedication of your chapel presents us with a very joyous moment and it is heart-warming to see individuals giving beyond measure just to make this dream a reality. I congratulate the Session and members of the Christ Congregation, East London, whose love, dedication and contribution in diverse ways have made it possible to have this building to the glory of God. To all the countless partakers in this process I say ayeekoo! Well done. Your labour in the Lord will certainly not be in vain.
This brings to mind what is recorded in the book of Daniel: “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.” Daniel 11:32b.
On this memorable occasion, let me also use this opportunity to share some thoughts with you. The General Assembly in August 2019 adopted a 10-year Strategic Plan for the Church with the theme: Agenda for Church growth. The implementation of the plan starts from January 2020 and it is expected that by 2023, the population of the Church should reach a target of 1.5 million. A study carried out by the National Geographic revealed that the world’s fastest religion is not Islam or Christianity but no religion at all (i.e. atheism) and this is the second largest in America and Europe. This means that, as a Church, we need to intensify our evangelistic mandate of winning souls for Christ and evangelism must form an integral part of our activities. I therefore challenge the Congregation to put in a more and concerted effort in discipling many others for Christ.
As you dedicate this chapel, it is my prayer that, the ears of the Lord will open to the cry and prayers of His people. May this House of the Lord be a place where burdened and troubled souls shall find rest; a place where people will be energized, empowered and edified to be more committed to the Lord and His service.
As I congratulate you on this memorable occasion, I would like to urge the Congregation not to rest on her oars, but rather continue to offer your best to the building of the body of our Lord and Saviour Jesus the Christ.
God bless you!
Once again accept my congratulations.
REV. DR. GODWIN NII NOI ODONKOR
CLERK OF GENERAL ASSEMBLY
P.C.G. HEAD OFFICE
KUKU HILL, OSU