2 min read
02 Jan

As the clock struck midnight on January 1, 2024, the Emmanuel Cathedral in Mvara, Arua city, echoed with a powerful New Year sermon by the Rt. Rev. Charles Collins Andaku, the esteemed Bishop of the Diocese of Madi-West Nile. In his inspiring message, the Bishop urged the public to embark on the new year with unwavering faith and a strong sense of confrontation against life's challenges.

Bishop Andaku's call for spiritual strength resonated with the congregation at Emmanuel Cathedral. His sermon not only emphasized the need for personal strength but also came with a set of 10 resolutions aimed at ensuring a blessed and spiritually fulfilling 2024. The Bishop encouraged Christians to cultivate forgiveness, love for enemies, a generous spirit towards the less fortunate, and active support for their local churches.

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Pimer Hope Alipa, a lawyer and active choir member at Emmanuel Cathedral, shared her thoughts on the challenges and achievements of the past year. Despite the busyness and trials, she urged the youth to approach 2024 with optimism, placing their trust in the Almighty God for greater accomplishments. Alipa's perspective highlights the importance of faith in navigating the complexities of life.

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Thousands Of Christians Gathered For The Two-Year Prayer Overnight

Ephraim Acidri, chairperson for persons living with disabilities in Arua central division, challenged the public to set clear plans and focus for the new year. Acidri emphasized the importance of fostering creative and innovative business ideas for self-employment, particularly urging the youth to avoid idleness that may lead to detrimental behaviors like drug abuse.

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Acidri's message serves as a reminder that proactive planning and commitment to personal development are vital components for a successful and fulfilling year ahead.

The transition to 2024 at Emmanuel Cathedral was marked by the Ebenezer show, featuring local gospel artists. The atmosphere was filled with joy and celebration, culminating in a spectacular display of fireworks at midnight. This festive occasion brought the community together in a spirit of unity, hope, and shared faith.

Fireworks Explosives animating the new year celebrations

Bishop Andaku's powerful message and the perspectives of individuals like Pimer Hope Alipa and Ephraim Acidri set a positive tone for the year 2024. As individuals and communities embrace the call for spiritual strength, forgiveness, and proactive planning, this new year holds the promise of growth, resilience, and spiritual fulfillment. The events at Emmanuel Cathedral serve as a beacon of hope, guiding the way for a year where faith and community support lead to personal and collective success.

BY: Matata Benjamin, dailywestnile.info 
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