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The Director of Adoration Ministry Enugu, Rev. Fr. Ejike Mbaka, has stated that his transfer from Christ the King Parish, GRA, for an obscure Our Lady Rosary Parish, Emene, was a blessing in disguise.
This was as he declared that the number of worshippers trooping to his new place of posting has multiplied by 20 times within few months of his transfer, adding that a new Adoration parsonage has since commenced and nearing completion.
The Secretary-General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Reverend Father Ralph Madu had explained that the transfer of the fiery priest who prophesied the defeat of former President, Goodluck Jonathan in 2015, was not politically motivated as claimed by some persons.
He explained that the controversial priest was only relocated to where he would be more useful to the ministry.
But speaking with the Sun newspapers at the permanent site of the adoration ground in Emene, Mbaka thanked the Church for moving him out of his former station, where he was “just like a fish that was growing inside a bottle and now has been put inside the ocean”.
His words, “God is wonderful. You can see that I am smiling, filled with cheers and the joy of the Lord. I have the feeling that God’s hand is in my going out of GRA.
“I am seeing everything as the will of God. When I remember that my providing God is with me and for me, I am filled with joy and I’m comforted. The ways of God are divine and mysterious and at times when he wants to do a thing, we humans may not understand it. We may be seeing the external but God who sees the future planned and packaged everything for us.”
“The Journey to the adoration permanent site is a blessing in disguise and I welcomed it with joy even though I was misunderstood. Some people who thought I would disobey the church and the Bishop by saying I would not go out; but how can I disobey the bishop?
“Now we have packed in here and within few months, the number of people coming there has doubled more than 20 times and we have started a new parsonage, Adoration parsonage, and it’s nearing completion. God is 100 per cent on our side and the congregation is happy and I am exceedingly happy.
“I am grateful to the Bishop and the Church that moved me out of the GRA; I am just like a fish that was growing inside a bottle and now has been put inside the ocean. I thank the church for that move from the GRA for the Ministry is serving a larger role to the global universe; it is not just a parish per se, it is serving the whole Nigeria. It is inter cultural, it is inter denominational, it is also inter tribal.
“The adoration Ministry, Enugu, Nigeria is the grand parent to all the new adoration ministries that are growing and God has given us a home and made Umuchigbo, Nike land where we are, a glorious empire of the Holy Spirit.
The priest, who had accommodation issues when he was transferred, noted that apart from the parsonage that is almost completed, other projects are in the works, expressing happiness with the worshippers, and the government of the day.
“The government of Enugu led by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is adoration friendly and we are enjoying the highest peace we have never enjoyed in the annals of the history of the ministry. So things are moving very well; and since we came in here God has been shocking us with goose-pimple-arousing miracles; we have never experienced such miracles as we are experiencing now,” he stated.