Paul Obiajunwo, Port Harcourt
It was a great celebration of testimonial thanksgiving when the family of Mr. & Mrs. Precious Dikewoha dedicates their baby Miss Chimburuoma Ogechi Dikewoha to God at Redeemed Christians Church of God, (RCCG) Abraham Villa’s Parish after five years of marriage.
The Church which is located at 6th Avenue, Ada-George Road, Rumueme Community in Obio/Akpor Local government of Rivers State was filled to its capacity with friends, relatives and well-wishers who came from far and near to celebrate with the family.
In a revival sermon titled “Return to God” Pastor Reginald Mbah, a Senior Pastor with the church said many people have been disappointed with their gods which at the end made them to realize that there is no gods greater than the almighty God. He said whatever being man’s problem God has the solution.
He called on Christians to trust and rely on God in everything they do, adding that there is no God elsewhere that can answer prayer like the almighty God who gives without expecting reward.
Mbah said: “ I want to Thank God for the baby dedication today, it shows that God is ever faithful, I don’t know the God you serve but as for me, I served the Almighty God, when you have problem, when you need a baby go to Him because he has never failed. But first of all we must return to Him and seek Him first in everything we do. God is ever ready to honour His part but are we ready to do our own part. When God is with us nobody will be against us and God can only be with us when we return to him. Are we ready to return to him,” he asked”
Speaking during the thanksgiving and separate testimony the couple said for them to be remembered by God after five years of marriage their hearts are full of joy and appreciation, especially as God has decided to bless the family on His own appointed time.
Mrs. Nkechiyere Dikewoha, the wife of Precious Dikewoha who thanks members of the church and well-wishers for continually praying for her, said God has shut the months of people by the arrival of the baby. She said many people have said one negative thing or the other while she was patiently waiting for God’s blessing to carry her own child.
She said the baby came at the right time, “ My heart is full of joy to today, thank God that He has done what he promised. It is His will that I conceived and delivered safely without operation or any complication. In these five years I didn’t visit any spiritual or healing home because I know that someday God will clean my tears and today my baby is the evidence of our five years enduring hope in God. My own case was somehow different because I don’t have mother –in -law who could have mounted pressure on me. My husband never bordered me or attack me because I have no child instead he encourages me to have patient. I want to thank God for using my friend to keep the pregnancy.
“Though, God has destined that the baby would not be flush out. When I was sick I didn’t know it was the sign of pregnancy, so I took malaria and typhoid tablets which were too strong for early pregnancy. Why I was trying to take the drugs for the second day one of my friends came and suspected that I was pregnant and stopped me from taking the drugs. She immediately ordered me to undergo a pregnancy test and behold when I did the test it was positive and that day was my husband birthday. So when I broke the news to him he described the news as his highest birthday Gift. Today all that are now history, what is remaining now is God grace to honour His part. It is very important to always remember our promises to God as to seal the covenant we entered with Him.
When the husband was given opportunity to give his own testimony he said what happened was not a delay but an extension of a grace by God who understands his predicament after he got married. He confessed to the church that after he got married things were very difficult for him so he was reluctant in joining his wife in prayer for a gift of child in the family.
He said“ Untill when God started blessing me, it was then I saw a reason to join my wife in prayer for the gift of baby in my family. I was afraid of having baby when there is no provision for them because I know what I suffered when I lost my parent at the age 14. So I didn’t want my children to suffer the same. I want to thank God that He respected my wish and brought the baby when I am ready to take care of them. As far as I am concern the baby came at the right time. I want to use this opportunity to thank the governorship candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC) Dr. Dakuku Peterside, Hon. Lucky Worluh and other dignitaries that in spite of their tight scheduled decided to be with us.”
The reception which took place at the couple’s residence in Ada-George Road, Rumueme community was a carnival –like. Some of the dignities who embraced the occasion were politicians, relatives, journalists and friend. The couple was also given the opportunity to dance.