WHAT IT IS TO BE 60 IN NIGERIA?
Perhaps this depends on who you ask. however for The Most Rev. Benjamin A. Kwashi, who turned 60 on 23rd September, the question is full of mixed feelings.
In a country which plunged into a catastrophic civil war three years after independence, went through over thirty years of dilapidation in the hands of 8 different military dictators that dragged the country into a quagmire of corruption which has bred politicians scavenging for spoils of an inefficient social structure, one will think that the Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi would see his 60th birthday as a life lived through tough and hard times. The story for him is quite different.
even after being targeted for death several times and castigated for standing out for truth, Archbishop Benjamin A. Kwashi is full of praise and adoration to God for the grace and opportunity to serve his Lord and Master Jesus Christ through all these challenging years.
Bishop Benjamin Kwashi simply counts the blessings, showing them one by one.
From the time God called him into the ministry on the streets of Lagos Nigeria, to the blessing of meeting and marrying Gloria the blessing of children including over 70 adopted children he now lives with in his house, besides the over three hundred he personally cares for in Nyango Gyel Community. He keeps counting!
It is not however, what Benjamin Kwashi says of himself that shows the grace of God in his ministry and life. It is the testimonies of people; – It is the three diocese that were created fro Jos Diocese when he expanded and grew it as an evangelistic outreach and mission field. It is the lives of men and women that have been transformed when he brought them to Christ who gave them reason to carry on. It is at least, now, the hundreds of children who would possibly have been killed or would have been exploited and whose lives would have been made useless by a society that does not seem to care.
This is the life of a man worth celebrating indeed. And the family and friends did.
BACK STORIES AND EVENTS
Theme: Making Disciples of All Nations (Matt. 28:19-20)
PROTEST FOR PEACE ON THE PLATEAU
The Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Kwashi, defied the early morning rain, monday 31st August to join protesters on the streets of Jos to cry out against the incessant killings on going in Jos without any effective intervention by either the Federal or State Governments, despite the presence of the Special Task Force posted in Plateau State to curb the killings.
A team of young men and women called the Plateau Intelligencia, organised the protest march to the Plateau State house of Assembly and the Governors office in Jos to lay their protest.
Between January and August 2015, over 500 people were killed by Fulani gunmen but reports either by the media or security officers simply attribute the atrocities to ‘unknown gunmen’ that have so far not been seen or arrested. This has led many to believe that there is a conspiracy of silence to ignore the problem in Jos or to simply allow it to deplete and destroy the communities in question.
Hundreds of women and children has been mercilessly butchered in their sleep while hundreds have been driven from their homes and the villages destroyed with impunity reports have shown over time.
MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2015
The Jos annual Missions Conference has once more raised the challenges facing families and the trauma many people face both within families and societies which challenge our faith as Christians.
Dr Mrs Ruth Senyoyi challenged christians to inculcate family values in children. She challenged families to not be carried away by the appeal to types of education given in schools that remove God from the equation. She said God has designed the family in such a way that family members should find happiness, joy, fulfilment and contentment within the family.
Dr. Ruth Senyoyi advocates that intending couples should prepare adequately for marital life through effective counselling.
3RD SESSION OF THE 12TH SYNOD OF THE ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF JOS