BESIDES its vision to propagate the gospel and bring lost souls to the knowledge of Christ, Elevated Creation Evangelical Ministry (ECEM), Awka, held its annual Couple’s Dinner.
Speaking at the event, the Senior Pastor of ECEM and co-convener of the event, Pastor Chris Okoye, stated that the event, which was in celebration of the marriage institution was to foster unity, understanding and harmony among couples, besides preparing eligible youths for marriage. “It is said that without purpose, abuse is inevitable; therefore, we believe that when the purpose of marriage is well understood, those who venture into it will minimize factors responsible for crisis in marriage.”
Pastor Okoye said the marriage institution is one of the best things that ever happened to humans and should not be taken for granted, stating that every couple should endeavour to maintain the standard that ordained the marriage institution.
In his charge, Pastor Emeka Ezenwa of Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel ), said God created marriage to establish a covenant, which He ordained as an institution for two people to become one body; oneness in the context that represent togetherness, noting that while crafting the man, God saw the woman in him. “This oneness exemplifies unity. However manly you feel, a vacuum exists to be filled. The vacuum was recognized by God and not man. God knows that it wasn’t right that man should be alone and without the woman, he is incomplete. When the two come together, they fulfill purpose.”
Pastor Ezenwa, who described marriage as an institution that people go to learn, urged couples to build their marriage on the foundation of God’s word, as such that it will make them achieve their expectations of marriage, besides providing spiritual empowerment. Pastor Ezenwa kicked against divorce, which he described as dividing by force and called on couples to do everything it takes to have healthy marriage.
Co-convener of the event, Evang. Rossy Okoye, advised wives to submit to their husbands and entrench attitudes that will endear them to their husbands. “You are made for your husband; imbibe any factor that will make your marriage a success. If there is no peace in the house, it creates tension; unity binds a home,” she said.
A guest, Deacon Victor Oti, cautioned Christian couples against the act of bringing deceit into marriage, pointing out that both spiritual and physical attributes contribute to the success of any marriage.