Dioceses of Ogbaru and Ihiala (from 2011)

An invitation from Bishops Samuel Ezeofor and Raphael Okafor. Team led by Bishop John Hayden, with Revd Simon Holloway and Ven Ephraim Umeh.

Two introductory four day conferences were held in Ogbaru and Ihiala. 160 participants attended in Ogbaru and almost 140 in Ihiala. Both are young missionary dioceses, less than 5 years old, but church attendance is high and facilities good.

The Diocesan Coordinator in Ihiala, Canon Luke Ezerioha, reported in August 2012 that groups have been successfully established in each of the 6 archdeaconries. Many have completed book 1, and new groups have been started. He concludes 'most of the Archdeaconry [reports] said that their Churches benefited immensely from the Discipleship programme; it has helped their member’s growth and commitment.'

A return trip is provisionally planned for early 2013.


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