IT WAS a moment of celebration and thanksgiving at Arena of Grace, Nnewi, as the General Overseer of the church, Prophet Joachin Israel Esione, was celebrated for being successfully chosen for the position of a bishop, having scaled through the rigors of test and accreditation, as well as, meeting all the standard required of him for the elevation unto the rank of bishop.
Speaking at the event, the state Chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), who is also in charge of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and life Chairman of Pentecost Bishop Association, His Grace, Archbishop Dr. Ehraim E.O Ndife (JP), thanked God for the life of the celebrant, who he described as a man chosen by God, without a questionable character, a husband of one wife.
Archbishop Ndife further explained that Prophet Esione has fulfilled all the conditions required for his consecration as Bishop which comes up in August. “PrphetEsione has been declared Bishop elect henceforth, he will to be given and accorded respect and honour due to him”, Ndife noted
The event which attracted high profile bishops from Nnewi and beyond, amongst whom are; the General Secretary of the Pentecostal Bishop Association, Anambra State chapter, Bishop Charles Uchenna, Pastor Emeka Joseph, Pastor David Onochie, Pastor Success Chukwu, Pastor Fidelis Chukwuma, Pastor Nen Okem, Pastor Chukwudi Oti, Rev. Adaobi Chukwujekwu amongst others.
Speaking to National Light, the wife of the celebrant, Mummy Blessing Esione expressed gratitude to God for choosing them to work in His vineyard, noted that she is happy and looking unto greater heights, as the Bible said that to whom much is given, much is expected. She prayed that God will continue to use them for higher and mighty works, as well as, liberation of mankind.
Contributing, the Bishop elect revealed how the Mercy of God located him and since then, his life has never remained the same. He explained that he was residing in Owerri, Imo State when God told him to come down to Nnewi and set His people free which has culminated in his upliftment.
“We shall be alive for our inheritance; I will live to see who I will hand over this Grace Arena, some one better and higher than myself. Still looking for a Joshua and the Lord God of host shall see to it,” he declared.
Highpoint of the event includes prayer for the celebrant cum exchange of gifts.