Dearly Beloved in Christ,
It is with a heart full of joy, heart full of praises, and a heart full of thanksgiving that we bring you greetings, in the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Amen. On behalf of the Diocesan, the Rt. Revd. Amos and Mrs. Abike (Mama ADOTT) Fagbamiye, we bring you greetings in Jesus name. Amen. We thank God for you and for keeping us safe throughout this Covid-19 pandemic.
We thank God that everyone continues to labor at the duty posts. To God be the glory for my safe return from Nigeria after a prolonged stay due to the Covid-19 lockdown. It is obvious that we are approaching the Advent season of the Church. Praise God!
This month throughout our Diocese, is a Month of Thanksgiving. It is impressive to see churches organize thanksgiving services and hold them on Zoom. This reality shows that in ADOTT, we uphold to the highest esteem the rich tradition of our church, the Anglican Church. We have not allowed this Covid-19 to discourage us.
Instead, we have seen many reasons to continue to be thankful to God. In the United States and Canada, we have seen a surge in cases of Covid-19. The old and young are dying in their thousands. But not a hair has fallen in all our churches to the threatening hands of the pandemic. May the name of the Lord be praised. Our heart goes out to millions that have been affected by this virus and may the souls of those departed have eternal rest.
We also commend the work of the Diocesan and all the Regional ATYM executives for pulling through this year’s convention, despite the challenges. Kudos to the Regions that have concluded their Clergy/Clergy wives’ retreat. We also thank God for those who conducted Lay Ministers/Evangelists’ retreat, held services for the investiture of Knights, the inauguration of new Archdeaconries, the installation of Canons, and the collation of Archdeacons.
In humility, we thank our Diocesan, the Rt. Revd. Amos Fagbamiye for his vision and for the power he bestowed on the Regional Bishops of ADOTT to stand in for him for various Episcopal duties in our Regions.
In October this year, we got a notification from Bishop Felix Orji that The Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) was no longer in existence. It got dissolved after fifteen years of its existence as a Mission of Nigeria. As we were pondering on the meaning of his letter, we received yet another one.
We received a follow-up written on October 16, 2020. It came from the Primate of the Church of Nigeria stating that, the Church of Nigeria has got a new mission name known as “Church of Nigeria North American Mission (CONNAM) and that Bishop Felix Orji is the Coordinating Bishop. We recall that during the Synod, the Diocesan conferred to every member of ADOTT the title to be an “Evangelist,” and this is who we are. The word “Evangelist” should not only be said, but that every member of ADOTT should live it, breath it, and carry it out as never before. Brothers and sisters, ADOTT has resolved that we are united and more focused on doing missions, as God has called us to do.
Jesus, in his discourse on His acquaintance with His flocks, said this in John 10:14, “I am a good shepherd, and I know my sheep, and am known by my own.” Also, in verse 27, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” This message means that Jesus knows who his sheep are. He knew his sheep personally, he knew them even under plausible disguises of the goats, and in the infirmities of the sheep.
It is the picture of who we desire that every ADOTT member should be. To know and follow Jesus as our leader especially, in these perilous times. If we do know him, we will know his voice, and we will be safe from deception and wrong choices. We will not stop saying that we have a mission, and if we have a mission, we must not be distracted, for Jesus declared in Luke 9:62, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God’ (NLT). Our Anchor Statement says, “But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry” (2 Tim. 4:5).
On Monday, November 2, 2020, news came to us that the son of Revd. Canon James Nwaogu was kidnapped along Owerri/Port Harcourt Road, Owerri. The entire Diocese went into prayers. To the glory of God, on Thursday, November 5, 2020, the Youngman was released unharmed. God fulfilled His promises and did not our enemies prevail over us (Psalm 25:2).
We also give thanks to God for the successful burial of our late brother, Revd. Dr. Godwin Moemenam in his home town Oba in Anambra State on Friday November 6, 2020. The wife and children are safe and sound in Nigeria.
Let us be encouraged. Let us be thankful for what we have, bearing in mind that every ADOTT member is an evangelist. In all things, let us praise God with what we have, with where we are going with our eyes fixed on the sparrow.
Following ADOTT leadership’s decision to designate Trinity Sundays and the Sunday before Advent each year as endowment Sundays for the Anglican Diocese of the Trinity, the ADOTT Endowment Committee was constituted to set up a $15,000,000.00 Endowment for the Diocese.
We would like to devote the Sunday before Advent, November 22, 2020 to collect a special offering for the Diocese’s Endowment
Praise the Lord rise up rejoicing,
Ana worship Him with thanksgiving,
Give now to Him all glory.
In Him and with Him love sharing,
By our thanksgiving declaring,
His eternal victory.
His love, His peace we are sharing,
In return, to the world giving,
Through His everlasting Word,
By His blood, new life receiving,
In His body firm believing,
We are His, He is our Lord.
In Him we move, and have our being,
By Him all sins are forgiven,
Through His blood we set.
Love in all creation finding,
Peace to every nation, bringing,
May we faithful followers be.
(The Church of Nigeria Hymnal 872).
Our prayer is that God will grant us the peace of mind and His abundant grace as we wait to welcome the Advent season. God bless you.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Martyn Chukwuma Anagbogu
Suffragan Bishop, Region 2 ADOTT
For and On Behalf of the Diocesan.
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