Cleric Harps On Humility

As Madam Rebecca Ayonmike’s Burial Rites Ends
BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE/CHIBUZO ISICHEI/WARRI
Activities marking the burial rites of late Madam Rebecca Ayonmike, mother of the wife of the Delta State Governor, were rounded off yesterday with a thanksgiving service at First Baptist Church, Warri.
Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan; his wife, Deaconess Roli Nere Uduaghan, as well as relations and well-wishers of the Ayonmike family were present at the service.
In a sermon, the officiating minister, Rev. Challenge Ugbede, harped on the essence of praising God which he said could prolong one’s life.
Citing biblical instances, Ugbede said: “As Christians we must learn how to humble ourselves and worship God. By so doing, the length of time God gives to us can be increased.”
Besides, the officiating minister called on leaders to emulate the biblical Obed by seeking God’s face before taking decisions that affect the lives of others.
In a vote of thanks, Mrs. Uduaghan thanked God for the sunny weather while her mother’s burial lasted, a condition she attributed to the “August break.”
Her words: “God has been faithful for granting us a good weather. We must appreciate God also for the journey mercies granted our visitors who came by road and air. There were no ugly incidents.”
The First Lady, who thanked her mother’s family for their support, was full of praises for her husband whom she described as God’s hands of assistance “in all that happened when Mama was ill and during her burial.”
The thanksgiving service featured prayers for Mama’s children, siblings, grand and great grand children as well as the family.