Effort at reconcilling the two factions of Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria and United Evangelical Church into one conference for the spiritual growth and enhancement of evangelism in the Church is yielding positive result.
This came on the heels of the peace process brokered by Akwa Ibom State Governor Mr Udom Emmanuel between the leadership of the two conferences held at Government House , Uyo.
Speaking shortly after the meeting, Governor Emmanuel, a member and an officer of Qua Iboe Church, expressed appreciation! to God for bringing the leaders of the body of Christ to brainstorm on the unity of the church and proffer a way forward for attainment of its set goals in evangelism.
He said : “let me first of all thank God for an opportunity like this and register my appreciation to the two bodies but one body in christ. Today’s meeting has been a friendly and fantastic encounter bereft of offence and hurting of each other. The progress we”ve registered today is an indication that we don’t
need more than one or two meetings to resolve what ever issue is before us”
“All that people have heard in the past 16 years are things of the past and i really want to believe God that with determination every member of this Committee have resolve to bring the lingering issue to an end. Good enough the disagreement is not rooted in doctrine but on the choice and use of a name which i believe the matter has been resolved even before we came here. We’re waiting to announce the resolution to the World and that will be in a matter of weeks”,
Mr Emmanuel who thanked the leaders of the two conferences for maintaining the doctrine and members of the church for their steadfastness in the faith through the sustenance of the vision of its founding father Reverend Samuel Bill, particularly commended the church leaders for their peaceful disposition towards putting to an end the sixteen years lingering feud and expressed optimism that the thorny issues over name and status would be resolved in subsequent meetings.
“i really thank the two sides for their determination and the members too for standing by the church in the past sixteen years. Without the members this meeting won’t have been necessary because each an every member had the option of joining another denomination but they held on to the old time religion that taught them the ways of the Lord “
He added : ” Let me use this opportunity to reassure the public that what was perceived as division in our church was was not really a division but a disagreement on the name to be used for evangelism and today were ‘charting a way forward towards resolving it” .
Earlier in their remarks, the General superintendent Qua Iboe Church of Nigeria Reverend EKpedeme Effanga expressed appreciation to God for the meeting which he said was the first to be convined by the church for both divide to come together to seek progress of the religious body and described it as the handiwork of God maintaining that God shall prevail in the body of Christ.
At the peace talk, delegates including Air Marshall Nsikak Eduok, Rtd. Major General Edet Akpan, Ministers and officers of the church across the country were in attendance.