The President read his address which was on the theme of the Ministers’ Conference: “Serving God with Sincerity of Heart”. In his paper, he noted the harsh economic situation in the country and thanked God for sustaining the faith of many of the members who have continued to do what they could to support His work while praying God to continue to bless them. The President further emphasized that the primary duty of Ministers among others, is to feed the members spiritually with the word of God. (Psalm 111:2,3). He stated that God’s work has been given to the Ministers to manage and that Ministers should not do as they please but they should always be conscious of the fact that it is what God Almighty wants that we should do, so that He would not be angry with us (See Matthew 24:45,46, 48-51). The President, Brother G. O. Ifeacho pointed out that: “The issue of honesty is one that cannot be compromised or toyed with in that both the members and non-members reckon more with the actions of the Ministers than even with what they preach. Actions speak louder than words.” - Luke 6:46; James 2:14, 20; 1:22-25.
The President went on to state that Ministers must strive at all times to be “Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.” (2 Corinthians 8:21). He stated that when one does not cultivate a sincere heart condition, it leads to spiritual defilement. The Holy Scriptures say that nothing defiled can abide in God’s Organization (Psalm 15:1-5; Revelation 21:27). In concluding his address, the President stated that: “sincerity of heart brings abundant blessings from God Almighty … knowing that God knows the thoughts and intents of the heart and that He sees all that happen in heaven and earth” (Psalms 31:23,24; 11:4). He prayed the Almighty Father to continue to give the Ministers more of His holy spirit to enable them serve Him with clean hearts and honest minds so that the Ministry will be a shining example to the rest of the faithful by His grace.
The 2016 GKS Ministers’ Conference working session was attended by Ministers only, and a number of reports were read. The report on “A Review of events in God’s Kingdom Society (GKS) from June 2015 to June 2016” by the President, Brother G. O. Ifeacho, was read on his behalf by the General Secretary, Brother T. M. Ekiseowei. The President reported that the Sunday Divine Services in Warri Branch are being streamed live on the internet and still running and was extended to Ekpan, Shogunle, Lagos Island and Benin City Branches during their Doctrinal Services held this year by the grace of God.
On Evangelism, the President reported that Public Lectures and Doctrinal Services took place within the Conference Year across the country. He added that in course of the Year, Doctrinal Services will be held at Sapele in Delta State on Sunday, July 10, 2016 and at Diobu, Rivers State on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Both will be streamed live by God’s grace. He expressed thanks to God for the Units of the Church opened at Ikere-Ekiti in Ekiti State as well as Gana, Amukpe and Koko in Delta State.
Reporting on Watch and Pray on Radio and Television, the President stated that aside from the Monthly Phone-In Programme on Nigeria Info Radio 92.3 FM at Port Harcourt, we recently started a live monthly Phone-In Programme on Odenigbo Radio 99.1 FM, Obosi, Onitsha which comes up every first Saturday of the month. He also informed Conference that the Watch and Pray Programme on Radio is now being aired on Quest FM Radio 93.1, Otor-Ogor, Km 6, Ughelli/Patani Expressway. It runs every Saturday from 8.00a.m. – 8.30a.m. He thanked the Port Harcourt and Onitsha members, the League of Freedomites, Port Harcourt Chapter, the Committee of Friends, GKS, Warri Branch as well as others for their contributions towards the propagation of the Truth and prayed God to bless them by His grace. The President thanked God for the success that has so far attended the Evangelical Activities for the year, 2016 as well as for the new converts God has called into His Holy Organization. – Psalms 68:11; 128:5.
On launchings, marriages, burials and other ceremonies, the President, noted that members were responding as directed in picking dates for proposed activities though there were still a few lapses. Station Ministers and Administrative Committees were urged to put more effort in this area. He observed that some activities of the Branches were seen on facebook without due notification to the Lord’s Ministry and warned that it should stop forthwith to avoid embarrassment. However, the President thanked God Almighty for the successes of the several launchings held to raise funds for the building of Service Halls in branches across the country as well as in Canada and Accra, Ghana. The President, commended brothers and sisters who are single-handedly roofing and flooring Service Halls. He prayed God to bless them by His grace.
Speaking on development of infrastructure which include Service Halls, Sub-Bethel Homes, etc, the President reported that the three-storey building in Salem City (D. O. Eme Block), which was allocated last Conference Year is now completed and occupied by Ministers and their families by God’s grace. He also made reference to the Foundation Laying Ceremony/First Phase 10 Million Naira Launching by GKS, Accra Branch Ghana which took place on Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, 2016. The Hall is presently at DPC level by God’s grace. The President informed Conference that the League of Freedomites, Warri Chapter is putting up a block of two-bedroom flats in Salem City close to the D. O. Eme Block. The foundation was laid early this year. He prayed God to provide for them to complete the structure by His grace and power. On Service Hall construction, the President said that work is ongoing at the following GKS Service Halls: Ubulu-Uku, Umunede, Oghara, Bikorogha, Ozoro, Mosogar, Utagba-Ogbe and Adeje all in Delta State, Owerri-Urban, Agwa and Okigwe in Imo State, Calabar in Cross River State, Apapa, Ikorodu and Okokomaiko in Lagos State, Ekpoma in Edo State, Ado-Ekiti in Ekiti State, Port Harcourt Town and Okrika in Rivers State, Chaza in Niger State, Uga in Anambra State and Aba in Abia State. The President further reported that the GKS Service Hall, Oko-afor is almost completed, GKS Service Hall, Ota Unit is completed while that of Kuchikau has been completed and dedicated. On fencing, work is ongoing at Egan land in Lagos State and Egor land in Benin City, Edo State. Conference was also informed of a donation of a parcel of land by a Brother at Koko in Delta State.
The President, Brother G. O. Ifeacho, informed Conference that the Lord’s Ministry has acquired a plot of land close to the University of Benin (UNIBEN) Campus for a Unit at Ugbowo, Benin City. He thanked God and commended the Brother who supported the Lord’s Ministry financially in the purchase of the property. On sub-bethel homes, he reported that work is ongoing at GKS Yenagoa, Obiaruku and Abeokuta sub-bethel homes while the two-storey building being constructed by the Lord’s Ministry for our Sub-Bethel Home at No. 1 Pike Street, Lagos has reached roofing stage. He prayed God Almighty to continue to provide the means so that these projects would be completed soon by the grace of God. Conference was also informed that the Lord’s Ministry acquired 2 plots of land (fenced) at Umuahia in Abia State as well as the donation of a Sienna Car for the Lord’s Ministry’s use at GKS Kano Branch by Brother Moses Gana.
Brother G. O. Ifeacho stated that with prayers to God, the Church has continued to pursue vigorously the Dakibiyu land case at the High Court in Bwari, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and that matters have gotten to an advanced phase, following the examination and cross-examination of a number of our witnesses by our lawyers and the defense. On St. Urhobo Square project, he reported that things have taken a somewhat different turn. He explained that this is due to the fact that at the Joint Meeting of the GKS Laity Officers’ Committee (LOC) and Conference Coordinating Officers, a consensus was reached that the project should be cited in a more spacious location outside Salem City. He went on to state that the Laity Officers also resolved that while raising funds and looking for a more commodious location, efforts should be geared up to improve the standard of the St. Urhobo Square, to enable us use it under any condition.
On overseas Branches, the Lord’s Ministry was able to send Ministers to foreign branches including, Ghana, Liberia, London, USA and Canada. The success of the 2015 North America Summer Mass Meeting which was held in Hamilton, Canada, the 2016 edition will take place at Days Inn, St Louis, Missouri, USA, from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31, 2016, the President reported.
Conference thanked God for the success of the 2015 Freedom Day celebrations, 2015 Feast of Tabernacles celebrations and the annual conferences in 2016. While commiserating with members who lost their beloved ones, the President thanked the Almighty Father for the miraculous deliverances He gave to some Ministers and other members from ill-health, accidents, armed robbers, kidnappers, and so on, as well as safe delivery of our sisters of children by His grace.
After the President’s report, the report on Finance and Accounts was read by Brother O. D. Akinwale, Treasurer, GKS. He thanked the Almighty Father immensely for the benefits His children enjoy daily by His grace, despite the harsh economic situation. He commended them for their show of faith in God Almighty and admonished members to continue to look to God for His continued protection and blessings (Galatians 6:9,10). Next was the report on Business by Brother S. C. Nwaeke, a Spiritual Adviser, who is also the Chairman of the Business Committee, read on his behalf by Brother O. E. Oriaku, Secretary of the Committee. Furthermore, the report on Education by Brother P. O. Ekireghwo, Chairman of the Human Resources / Education Management Board (HREMB) was read by Brother T. C. Mazi-Rapu, Vice Chairman of the Management Board of the Lord’s Ministry.
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