This Day (Lagos)

3 February 2013

Nigeria: Lutheran Church Marks 100 Years of Existence

Yola — The Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria (LCCN), Saturday kick-started activities for the celebration of 100 years of its existence in Nigeria with the theme "Celebration of a Century Grace."

The presiding Bishop of the LCCN headquarters, Rt.Rev. Irmiya Taddugoronno, told journalist that the ministry was founded in 1913 by Dr. Neils Bronnum, a Christian missionary from Denmark who started the ministry in Numan Local Government of Adamawa State where the headquarters is situated exactly 100 years ago.

He said the ministry was the one of the early churches in Adamawa State and has contributed positively to shaping the people's morals, characters and create a strong Christian values that have brought harmony, peace in homes and enhance ethnic integration that cuts across different ethnic groups in the state.

Taddugoronnu said because of the activities of the LCCN, many sons of Numan LGA and Adamawa State are educated and prominent in Nigeria today, adding that the ministry also influenceD development and has paved way for the smooth existence of other ministries in the state.

"We all know the story of LCCN as a story of grace; it was the grace of God that brought a humble servant in person of Dr. Neils Bronnum and his wife 100 years ago just for you to be seated here today as Christians.

"As a church and community, we owe him a great responsibility of keeping his dream of having a people that are ever ready to continue spreading the good news he brought to us by remaining resolute in holding fast to the most precious faith in God," he stated.

Bishop of Anglican Communion, Yola, Rev. Marcus Amfani, who was the guest speaker of the event, called on the leadership of the church to work assiduously to foster peace and unity in the ministry. He stressed that power struggle among leaders of the church is not healthy for the development of the society where the church is situated.

However, the clergy noted with dismay that the lingering internal crisis rocking the church could not make it spread as expected in the country and in other parts of the world subsequent to its existence in the country for 100 years of its establishment by the missionaries.

According to him, Nigerians and the members of the church should be grateful to the founding father of the church for immense sacrifice of love "by bringing our people out of darkness to light, by shaping their people's morals, characters and creating strong family ties based on Christian values."

He added that "the values have ultimately brought harmony and peace in their respective homes and enhanced ethnic integration that penetrates and increases the level of saltiness in their communities."

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