By Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”nine priests and six deacons were, yesterday, ordained by the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Oleh Diocese, Delta State with a charge on them to affirm their loyalty to the Christian faith.
Giving the charge while ordaining the clergies at the Cathedral of St. Pual, Oleh, Bishop of the Diocese, Rt. Revd Jonathan Edewor told them to uphold their ministries, adding that they were ordained for the service of God.
He told them to help converts in order to bring about peace through the teaching of the word of God and said the diocese, which was created about 10 years ago, was growing to the glory of God.
Earlier, Venerable Sunday Edogbeji told Christians across the country to be committed to the welfare of their priests and noted that the anointing of a clergy increases when he is comfortable, saying that every one of them has his own gift. He told them not to disperse their God-given gifts.
He also admonished them not to look down on themselves and stressed that they were all important in one way or the other.
According to him, family background should not deter them as Christians from striving for greater and better things, as they could change the fortune of their families.Speaking further, he advised the new priests and deacons to use their callings to promote the work of God and impact positively on the lives of their congregations.Edogbeji said God would promote them in their ministries if they were faithful to his (God) work and warned the congregation against condemning their priest.
He pointed out that they were wonderfully and fearfully made and urged the new priests and deacons not to allow the older priests to intimidate them in the work of God