Unto JEHOVAH, the Architect and Sustainer of the entire Universe, Who is now gathering His people into His Kingdom through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, be glory, honour, praises and adoration forever. – Psalm 75:1; Ephesians 5:19,20.
As conveyed to members through the circular letter released by the Executive Board dated May 15, 2014, the GKS Ministers' Conference was held in Salem City, Warri, Delta State, Nigeria from Thursday, June 26 to Sunday, June 29, 2014, by the grace of God. The Opening Session of the Conference commenced at 10.05 a.m. with TSP 20. Thereafter, the Chairman of the Executive Board, Brother G. O. Ifeacho, who was also Chairman of Conference, said the opening prayer. All Ministers, Sisters and grown-up youths of the Lord's Ministry were present. The Chairman expressed thanks to God Almighty for His help on Brother (Pa) J. T. Okome, who was able to attend the Conference, as well as his wife, Sister (Mama) Bernice Okome. Those absent were Brothers (Pa) J. T. Ukuta and T. T. Iwoh, (due to ill health) and Brother H. M. Keengu of Kenya. The Chairman appealed to members to pray for those who could not attend the Conference as a result of ill-health and prayed for their quick recovery by God's grace.
Brother G. O. Ifeacho, in his opening speech, thanked God Almighty for the miraculous deliverance given to some of our members from a bomb blast which took place at Emab Plaza, Wuse, Abuja on Wednesday, June 25, 2014. They include Brothers Chekwube Okoh, Edwin Enyamuke, Abasiofon Isang and Sister Grace Agiamah. Quoting 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the Chairman stressed the essence of giving thanks to God at all times for His goodness and protection.
As usual, some of the goodwill messages received from branches, groups and individual members were read at the Conference. They include those from Brother T. T. Iwoh, Sister (Mama) Regina Esimagbele and Sister Favour Ugoji, (all of the Lord's Ministry); GKS Laity Officers' Committee (LOC), GKS Youth Fellowship and GKS Women Fellowship National Committees. The Branches were GKS Warri, USA, Benin City, Diobu, Ughelli, Oko-Afor Unit, London, Liberia, Enugu, Rumuokoro, Ado-Ekiti, Oshogbo, Owerri-Urban, Amucha, Yenagoa, Jos, Asaba, Shogunle, Sokoto, Edjeba/Ugboroke, Sapele, Ekwulobia, Mararaba/Kuchikau, Bonny, Central Working Committee (CWC) Port Harcourt and Northern Branches Committee, Central Working Committee GKS Women Fellowship Port Harcourt Branches, Youth Fellowship Committee GKS, Warri, and the GKS Students' Fellowship UNIBEN/UBTH Chapters. The groups were Urhobo National, Igbo National, Lagos State Branches, GKS Engineers' Forum, Zone B GKS Warri, and Ruth Group Sisters, Warri. Others include: GKS Women Fellowship, Phebe Group Sisters, Sarah Group Sisters and Elizabeth Group Sisters all of Warri Branch who supported the Conference with donations. Goodwill messages were also received from many other groups and individuals including text messages.
Thereafter, the Chairman read his address which was on the theme of the 2014 GKS Ministers' Conference: "The Need to Maintain Our Devotional Vow". In his paper, the Chairman of the Executive Board, after thanking God for keeping us alive to witness this year's Conference, emphasized the high level of carnality, intolerance, hatred, greed, arrogance, high-mindedness, hypocrisy, which results in wide spread corruption, violence, poverty, underdevelopment, widespread distress and so on in the world (Psalm 28:3; 10:2-18; Jeremiah 2:19; etc). Hence, those who have been given the grace to flee from the godlessness that pervades the world into God's organization, the City of Refuge, are indeed a special people. Thus, he stressed the vital importance of continuing to fulfill our pledge or promise by giving all our time and energy and other resources to the work of God. The Chairman admonished fully devoted Ministers to be faithful to their vow until the end for their blessings and salvation (Numbers 30:2; Deuteronomy 23:23). He went on to state that "no one was forced to make the vow of devotion and having made it, each person must keep his vow, for it is better not to make a vow than to make one and handle it carelessly."– Deuteronomy 23:21,22; Ecclesiastes 5:4-6.
Brother G. O. Ifeacho declared: "By opting for full devotion one has bound himself by an oath of allegiance to JEHOVAH and His Holy Organization – the GKS by way of making oneself available to be used by God for actualizing His purposes in this age." For this reason, he admonished Ministers to: feed the people spiritually with the word of God (1 Peter 5:2); show the highest possible example of good Christian behavior (John 13:15; 1 John 2:6); be diligent in the work of administering the aspects of the work entrusted to them (Romans 12:8); judge matters righteously (Deuteronomy 1:17; 17:8-11); encourage and pray for the sick, the spiritually weak, the bereaved and for the work of God, (1 Timothy 2:1,2), as well as visit members regularly to share Christian fellowship and strengthen them in the Lord (Acts 20:35; 1 Thessalonians 5:14). Making reference to those who kept their vow, he cited the example of the early apostles including St. Paul. Reminding Ministers of those who did not keep their vow, he cited Judas Iscariot, Demas, Phygellus and Hermogenes. – John 6:60-68; Luke 9:62; 2 Timothy 4:7,8,10; 1:15.The Chairman highlighted various qualities Ministers should possess to fulfill their devotional vow. They include: knowledge, faithfulness and obedience. Others include non-compromise with opposers, enemies or detractors of the GKS in any way or manner whatsoever. Ministers must also deny worldly lusts, shun godless materialism and carnality (Malachi 2:4; 2 Corinthians 6:3-7; Hebrews 13:7,17; Psalm 139:21,22; 1 John 2:15-17). In concluding his address, the Chairman stated that Ministers have no choice but to do the work to which they have devoted themselves to the best of their ability while praying God who has called us into His Holy Organization to give us the understanding, faith and strength to be able to carry on the work and to maintain our devotional vow until the end through Jesus Christ our Lord. – 1 Corinthians 9:16,17; 2 Timothy 4:5,6.
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