She is one of the few Celestial Church women using their God-giving talents to impact their environment. For this delectable woman of essence, her online evangelism which she has been doing religiously for close to a decade now is something that our youth should emulate.
Her daily devotional article she often syndicates to all nooks and crannies of Celestial groups on social media is enough to consider her work being noble but you will be shocked that Mary Shofowora, has not attended Celestial Church of Christ for a very long time after about 15 years of her selfless service to God in the vineyard at Holy Michael Cathedral Parish, Egbe 1 , Agodo, Egbe, Ikotun , Lagos Nigeria.
The reason is simply because, since she moved to her place of abode, she has never found a single tent with the logo of Celestial Church let alone a building. She worships at a Catholic church around her area while she comes back home to watch Celestial church service online with her husband and children. Her story is inspiring but you will learn something from it.
“When I was young and growing up, I was made to understand that Celestial Church Of Christ is world-wide, meaning there is a parish in every nook and cranny all around the world but now I find that difficult to believe. Ask me why because I cannot find a single CELESTIAL Church Of Christ parish to worship in the whole of the north-east of England.
I live in Newcastle Upon Tyne but Hebburn to be precise which is located in the North-eastern part of England. Newcastle Upon Tyne is a city with diverse cultures. Cities are strategic places for the spread of the gospel. They always have been. The apostle Paul took the gospel from city to city and so also to rural and developing areas around the world. (Psalm 48:1-8).
Cities tend to be places where culture is formed. Many of the spheres of influence emanate from the city, including government, politicians and law-makers; arts and entertainment; business and the marketplace; universities and other places of education; media and communication centres. The river of influence tends to flow from the city to the suburbs and rural areas. The way to transform a culture is to transform the city.
It is not surprising, therefore, that cities have always had an important role in the purposes of God. In particular, one city to the suburbs and rural areas in Newcastle Upon Tyne has been without a single ‘ CELESTIAL PARISH more than a decade now and yet we claim it is a world-wide church that will cleanse the whole world but can this be true?
Imagine in this 21st century that our beloved CELESTIAL CHURCH OF CHRIST is not yet known or been heard of in some part of the United Kingdom, what a shame and a slap on the faces of our so called leaders and elders who are busy syphoning and looting the treasury of the church for personal interest rather than using the money to propagate and spread the gospel to the whole wide world.
Majority of the shepherds prefer to settle in many of the over populated cities where they can commit all sorts of nefarious acts. And also most of them are afraid to take a challenge by leaving their comfort zone to spread the gospel.
Celestial Church Of Christ, we recently celebrated Seventy years of being in existence and with little or nothing to show for it, we cannot even boast of a well-constructed Celestial University to help our own children and the less privileged, not to talk of Celestial Church Of Christ hospitals that conform with international standards and many other projects to help the people and win souls for Christ Jesus. Even the glorious Imeko Cathedral has been lying fallow for more than 30 years now.
I’ m appealing to everyone, both young and old, male and female in the Celestial fold that it really matters how you use all that God has entrusted to you. You are supposed to use not only your money, but all the gifts God has given to you – including your time, education, job, skills and opportunities for the benefit of the Jehovah and his kingdom. (Deuteronomy 30:11-20)
Remember our Celestial Yoruba Hymn 694 & Hymn 172 in the English version that says “Ka sise fun iwenumo emi wa, koluwa file wa pelu wa…. Let’s work for purification of our souls…”
What is our role in the church? This choice starts with our thoughts. Our thoughts become our words. Our words become our actions. Each day, choose life-giving thoughts and let us join hands together to spread the gospel in all the rural and developing areas in and around the world to win more souls for Jehovah and as you do, may God bless you all.”
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