Dearly Beloved In Christ,
We bring you greetings, in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ; and on behalf of our Diocesan, the Rt. Rev’d. Amos and Mama Abike Fagbamiye as we approach the end of our liturgical year. It is only most appropriate to give thanks to the Almighty God for a successful Synod held recently from Thursday, September 3 to Sunday, September 6 in Indianapolis, Indiana. We thank the LORD for the grace that allowed many of our delegates to participate actively online to maintain social distancing and other medical precautionary measures due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The turnout of the delegates who were physically present was quite encouraging. We sincerely commend the ADOTT Directorate of Communications and local technical crew in the Cathedral; their performance was excellent. More grease to their elbows. Other things worthy of note is the Anglican Trinity Youth Movement (ATYM) zoom virtual conventions going on in various region jurisdictions. The convention themed ‘IGNITE’ has been marked to be successful and impactful.
In an attempt to reach everyone across ADOTT with realtime information, ADOTT mobile App has been launched and fully functional on Android and IOS.
ADOTT’s mission to Japan is flourishing with two Churches in Tokyo. The very first Japanese was baptised in October, we pray that God will establish the convert. However, because of a peculiar challenge the mission is facing, ADOTT resolved to give financial contribution to support Japan mission.
It is noteworthy that we remain united as one people forging ahead with regard to the building and expansion of ADOTT. The Book of James, also described as being the New Testament Book of Proverbs, has this to say to encourage us, “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” – James 1: 2 – 4. It is expedient to thank God for ADOTT who has always given us patience to endure hardships created by injustices in the Mission of our own Church that we had tried to confront and resolve in the past fifteen years.
In spite of misconceptions and misunderstandings that led to the subjugation of especially Nigerian American Anglicans in the Mission of their own Church, the LORD has richly blessed us as evidenced by the numerical strength of our churches and the congregations with twelve or more congregations in their own buildings while some of the remaining seventy churches are making efforts to buy their own property. New church plant opportunities are being reported periodically and the regionalization of the diocese has been a huge blessing.
We have been able to achieve these landslides because the immediate past Primate, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh took time to listen and to ensure the creation and eventual inauguration of ADOTT. It is our fervent prayer and ardent hope that our new Primate, Archbishop Henry Ndukuba would continue to improve on his predecessor’s record and give more encouragement to Nigerian American/Canadian Anglicans using their own resources to build and expand the Church of Christ in North America and Canada.
It is worth mentioning that those who grew up in the traditional setting of colonization would find it difficult to understand what is called partnership. They had been used to suppressing others because they carry in them the innate mentality that Africans are inferior to them. Unfortunately, among the African leadership are usually those who themselves have little self-esteem and believe that they cannot make progress except they subjugate their people to the Caucasians. Little do they appreciate that as long as their own people are subjugated, they themselves remain toothless bulldogs. Such protagonists of subjugation allow themselves to be blinded by the personal benefits they receive from the system; instead of what would be the greater benefit of their own community in the long run.
However, where ADOTT is today as a Diocese with five (5) Regions, by the grace of God, shows that justice is worth fighting for, fairness is worth struggling for and partnership, not master servant relationship, is worth advocating for. No matter what it might cost, the end result would be beneficial to the common good, on both sides.
In the words of our introit for the year we must endeavor to continue:
Fight the good fight with all thy might! Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right; Lay hold on life, and it shall be Thy joy and crown eternally.
Run the straight race through God’s good grace, Lift up thine eyes, and seek His face;
Life with its way before us lies, Christ is the path, and Christ the prize.
Cast care aside, lean on thy Guide; His boundless mercy will provide;
Trust, and thy trusting soul shall prove Christ is its life, and Christ its love.
Faint not nor fear, His arms are near, He changeth not, and thou art dear;
Only believe, and thou shalt see That Christ is all in all to thee.
We must never forget that we cannot fight in our own strength and be victorious. We need to follow after those who had gone before us and succeeded only through their focus on the LORD. David, the Militia leader prevailed over the armies of King Saul, not in his own might, but because God had anointed him and nothing was going to be an obstacle to derail the decision. David said to King Saul,“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Who are you pursuing? a dead dog? a flea? May the Lord be our judge and decide between us. May he consider my cause and uphold it; may he vindicate me by delivering me from your hand.” – 1 Samuel 24: 14 – 16.
God is ever the same, yesterday, today and forever. The story of the apostles in Acts 5 should be of great encouragement to us. The apostles were imprisoned unjustly. But the Holy Spirit released them and ordered them to preach in the Temple. Then they were arraigned before the Jewish Council where the words of the apostle Peter, stating that “they would rather obey God than man” angered them and they were going to kill them all. However, even within the Council, God raised Gamaliel who spoke, “Men of Israel, consider carefully what you intend to do to these men.Some time ago Theudas appeared, claiming to be somebody, and about four hundred men rallied to him. He was killed, all his followers were dispersed, and it all came to nothing.After him, Judas the Galilean appeared in the days of the census and led a band of people in revolt. He too was killed, and all his followers were scattered. Therefore, in the present case I advise you: Leave these men alone! Let them go! For if their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail.But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” – Acts 5: 35 – 39. If indeed ADOTT is of God and we are convinced it is, by the grace of the living God, all attempts to halt the building and expansion of God’s kingdom assigned to ADOTT will fail.
So, let us remain courageous, bearing in mind that every member of ADOTT is an evangelist and must be seen doing such work. Let us be more fervent in prayer, committed to fulfilling our ministry. More importantly, let us refuse to be sidetracked by detractors, whose aims and objectives are more to diminish and subjugate for their political appetite, instead of rejoicing as the kingdom of Christ is expanding.
Courage, brother, do not stumble,
Though thy path be dark as night;
There’s a star to guide the humble:
Trust in God and do the right.
Let the road be rough and dreary,
And its end far out of sight,
Foot it bravely; strong or weary,
Trust in God, trust in God,
Trust in God and do the right.
Perish policy and cunning,
Perish all that fears the light!
Whether losing, whether winning,
Trust in God and do the right.
Trust no party, sect, or faction;
Trust no leaders in the fight;
Put in every word or action,
Some will hate thee, some will love thee,
Some will flatter, some will slight;
Cease from man, and look above thee:
Trust in God and do the right.
Simple rule, and safest guiding,
Inward peace and inward might,
Star upon our path abiding,
Notable Diocesan Events – October/November 2020
1 ATYM Zoom convention for the Central Area on Saturday October 17, 2020.
2 Collation of Archdeacons and Installation of Canons at Region 3: Sunday October 18 at All Saints Church Hyattsville, MD
3 Investiture of Knight and Grand Commander of Knight at Region 3: Sunday October 25 at All Saints Church Hyattsville, MD
4 Ground breaking of the Cornerstone Hall at the Anglican Cathedral Church of the Resurrection Indianapolis on Saturday October 31, 2020
5 Collation of Archdeacons and Installation of Canons with Inauguration of Archdeaconry of the Cornerstone at Region 1: Sunday November 1 at Anglican Church of the Trinity New Westminster, BC
6 Advent Ordination service on Advent Sunday November 29 at All Saints Church Hyattsville, MD
As we prepare for a new liturgical year we pray the LORD would grant us the grace to be forward ever and backward never, as we all do the work of an Evangelist, in order to fulfill our ministry. Amen.
Rt. Rev’d. Dr. Dokun Adewunmi
Suffragan Bishop, Region 3, ADOTT
240 486 9120
For and On Behalf of the Diocesan.
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