Ven Edjere clocks 50, urges Christians to be faithful to God.
By Jon Egie
The Venerable Oghomena David Edjere has called on Christians all over the world to remain faithful to the service of God in the face of the vicissitudes of life.
The priest made the call on Thursday, June 26 during the celebration of his 50th birthday which also coincided with the celebration of his 18th marriage anniversary.
Ven Edjere who is the current Archdeacon of Ughelli West Archdeaconry and Vicar of St Paul’s Anglican Church, Ekiugbo-Ughelli expressed satisfaction in the 22 years he has put in the church ministry.
“Before I joined the church ministry I was a worker in the open society and if I make comparison between being a worker and a Pastor, I think I am more fulfilled as a servant of God.” He said in an interview.
He said he has had no regrets being a Pastor, “no, never a regret, I have enjoyed being a Pastor, there have not been gifts to me as such but God has been a gift to me. He has met me at every point of my need.”
Ven Edjere said his dream in life is to serve God in all faithfulness as much as is possible just as he aspires to not only lead God’s people to heaven but to make heaven himself. “That has been my guiding principle” he said.
He called on Christians all over the world to remain faithful to God stressing that the entire bible is summed up in one single word-Faith.
“I encourage Christians all over the world to hold God tenaciously, they should be resolved in their commitment to God, it should not be a hanky panky game, and we should be totally committed and dedicated in our services to Him that is the only sure way to success. So, whatever anybody who is a child of God is passing through I advise that he should hold on to God, He will never fail nor disappoint you. He will be there for you to support you, to help you and uphold you with His victorious right hand just as He has done for me.”
Earlier in a sermon, the Ven Badawusi pointed at the complaints of sorrow by Jacob to Pharaoh due to travails of life that made him looked older than his age.
He observed that the celebrant, David Edjere, in spite of the stress he has passed through in life looks younger than his age. He prayed that God maintain the strength and youthful look of Ven Edjere even when he clocks the age of 70 and retires from the church ministry.
“We celebrate an icon today. This is to juxtapose the error of celebrating a man when he is dead. We pray he grows into a good old age with good health”.
In a toast, the Ven B A C Awharitoma described Ven Edjere not only as an icon but also as a living legend.
“He has touched many lives; he refused to cave in even when life became very tough. We celebrate an accomplished marriage and pray that God will continue to bless the marriage” he said.
In an interview later the Ven R.Y.O Ayadju described the celebrant as a rugged individual.
“He has been able to wade through the mud of life and today he is 50, to God be the glory” Ayadju said.
The occasion was attended by the Ven Dr Richard Arhawo, Mrs E D Okogbuna (mother of the celebrant), Mr M Erhuru, Ven BAC Awharitoma, Sir Chief Vincent Orhiunu, Ven R Omodoro, Mr Wilson Onuremu, Engr Joe Wekpe, Ven Badawusi, Sir Joel Ogege, Sir and Lady Richard Idejiand Rev Dr Gilbert Oghifo among others.