Greetings on the occasion of the 8th Anniversary of the Creation of the Anglican Diocese of the Trinity.
My Beloved People of God, as we mark the 8th Anniversary of the creation of our Diocese, we like to congratulate:
• Our Suffragan Bishops and Mama Bishops
• Our Clergy and their wives
• The Chancellor and our Diocesan Officials
• The Knights
• Our men and women
• Youths and children, and indeed
• All parishioners in our Churches in the Central Area, in the four Regions and our two Congregations in Japan.
To God alone be the glory for the birth of ADOTT on September 23, 2011 and its inauguration by the former Primate of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion (CoN), The Most Revd. Nicholas D. Okoh on Sunday, August 19, 2012 in a colorful and grandeur inauguration service in Indianapolis, witnessed by many church dignitaries, including Archbishop Bob Duncan (former Primate of Anglican Church in North America – ACNA), other Archbishops and Bishops – notably the retired Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos West, The Rt. Revd. Dr. Peter Adebiyi and his wife, Mama Caroline Adebiyi (of blessed memory) and The Rt. Revd. Martyn & Mrs. Angela Minns, pioneer and retired Missionary Bishop of CANA.
Ten thousand tongues can never be sufficient to praise and give thanks to the Almighty God for His faithfulness, mercy and the provision that facilitated the growth and achievements of ADOTT within these eight years of our existence. All these should affirm to everyone that God is with us and that Christ our Lord shall continue to reign as King amongst us.
Consequently, on this special occasion, we urge everyone to truly believe and trust in God. We beseech all of you to be on your knees and pray more fervently and persistently for the success and fruitfulness of our mission and ministry. Let us be strong and courageous as we remain more focused. We must intensify our efforts in the pursuit of the actualization of our vision and mission despite the challenges we face and threats to our existence. Brethren, be encouraged by the assurance of the Word of God in Acts 5: 39 that, “But if it (ADOTT) is from God, you (ADOTT enemies and adversaries) will not be able to stop these men (ADOTT men and women, youths and children), you will only find yourselves fighting against God.”
Wherever each of us had migrated from originally to be where we are today, it is by divine arrangement that we have come together as an ecclesiastical unit of a diocese for the purpose of evangelism, proclaiming the Lord Jesus Christ as the Redeemer and Messiah of the world, preaching and teaching the Gospel which is ever active and powerful. It is to us also in ADOTT that is said, “For thus the Lord has commanded us (in ADOTT), I have set you (ADOTT) as lamb unto the Gentiles that you (ADOTT) may bring salvation to the ends of the earth,” (Acts 13:47).
Let us as missionaries and soldiers of Christ engage our high gear and get set to move faster. We must not move in the reverse – no retreat and no return to “Egypt!” We must march forward to conquer in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. ADOTT has come to stay, we shall continue to march on, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against us. Hallelujah.
On this note, we urge you all to rise and sing to re-affirm our resolve to continue to fight the good fight with all our might:
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, upon thy guide,
Lean, and His mercy will provide;
Lean, and the 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.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
The Rt. Revd Amos & Mama Abike Fagbamiye
Diocesan & Mama ADOTT
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