A missionary journey that began about 20 years ago has been crowned with honour as former Evangelist Edet Okon Charlie has grown to gain entry into the episcopal rank of the Mount Zion Mission Incorporated.
Apostle Edet Charlie who began his missionary journey as an Evangelist in Nda Okobo Assembly in Okobo District of the Mission, has enjoyed steady growth to the final rank of a council member.
The clergy who has traversed five stations so far between Akwa Ibom and Rivers States, was ordained together with his colleague, Apostle William Udoh last Saturday at the Convention Pavilion of the Church, 1-3 Isangedighi Street, Oron, Akwa Ibom State.
Performing the ordination rites, the General Field Superintendent of the Church, His Eminence Archbishop Asuquo Ekpo Okon who cited numerous scriptural texts, told the ministers that their new rank came with enormous ecclesiastical responsibilities.
Flanked by the Assistant Field Superintendent, His Lordship Bishop Akpan David Udoh; the Council Secretary, Apostle Sunday John Unwana; as well as Apostle E. O. Eminue, the Field Superintendent told the ‘inductees’ that their elevation required more commitment and dedication to the service of tending the flock of God.
Asuquo Okon laid hands on them and prayed God’s perpetual guidance upon them, throughout their active service years in the Lord’s vineyard.
Speaking with our reporter, the newly ordained Apostle Edet Charlie expressed gratitude to God for leading him and his family through the missionary journey.
Apostle Charlie who acknowledged his new status stated that he had surrendered himself as a vessel of honour unto God and that his life was in His hands to use him as He wished.
Also speaking, Apostle William Udoh who was full of thanks unto God, the leadership of the Council of Bishops and Apostles and the entire fold of the mission, stressed that the whole duty of man was to do the will of God. He added that as a chosen instrument in the hands of the creator, he was delighted that he was found worthy of the promotion.
Meanwhile, the Director-General of the Mission’s National Sunday School Association (NASSA), Duty Elder O. A. Ntekim noted that God does not call anyone whom he would not empower.
Okon Ntekim Esq who believed that the promotion of the clergies would add value to the Gospel of Jesus in the denomination, added that the newly ordained Priests would now become full members of the Church’s Governing Council.
The ceremony was also witnessed by Apostle (Dr) O. E. Solomon, Apostle E. I. Unyienyin, Apostle Edet Eyo Edubio, among other council members, and the entire congregation.