Dampar, a Jukun community situated on the Northern bank of River Benue has become the first community in Taraba State to gain the status of a Regional Church Council, RCC under the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN.
Speaking during a glamorous event which was well attended by both Christians and the Muslims of the community, President of the church, Rev. Dr. Amos Musa Mohzo said the purpose of the creation of the RCC in the locality is to remind the believers in the area that the gospel needs to advance.
Going down memory lane, he praised the efforts of the pioneer missionaries saying their sacrifices have yielded great results and urged the people to understand that the responsibility of spreading the gospel is everybody’s business. He warned the new leaders to understand that their duty is to evangelize and not to load it over the people.
While calling on the people to work together with their leaders, Rev. Dr. Amoz Mohzo said God will bless the land in diverse ways and they will enjoy tremendous growth. “I urge you to support the new RCC with your wealth just like the pioneer missionaries did so that you will experience growth beyond your imaginations”, the leader said.
In his remarks, the Governor of Taraba State, Architect Darius Ishaku represented by the Chairman of Ibi LGA, Hon. Bala S. Bako expressed happiness with the creation of the new RCC saying it will greatly alleviate the suffering of the people who until now had to cross the river to attend functions at their former station, RCC Mabudi in Langtang.
The Chairman expressed optimism that his people will ensure that the baby RCC grows and in no distant future birth other RCCs. He called on the Christians, Muslims and traditional worshippers to live in peace and eschew tendencies that will cause disunity which is a major cause of retrogression to any people.
The Nke of Jukun Dampar, Alh. Hashimu Muhammad Adinga praised God that the Dampar Church has been elevated to the status of an RCC and warned the people shun the life of hypocrisy which brings about back biting and setback to any community.
He expressed his willingness to support the church where necessary in order to ensure that RCC Dampar one day grows to the status of a Provincial Church Council, PCC and reminded the congregation of the need for a peaceful coexistence.
In a sermon from John 21:15-17, the guest preacher, Rev. James Ayizeh said to become a Christian today is a rare privilege for anyone because it liberates people from the olden ways of life when people lived in ignorance and bondage of sin.
Rev. Ayizeh spoke on the topic, “Do you love Christ, take a look at the olden days” and urged the people that since they now know that Christ has brought liberation to the people, there is need for us to work together in love and kindness so that the work of God will be built on earth.
“Wherever you find yourself, walk together with Christ because anywhere the footsteps of the gospel have reached, there also you will find the abundance of God’s blessings. We should use our God given abilities to further expand the gospel of Jesus”, Rev. Ayizeh said.
There was a welcome address from the Chairman of the Provincial Church Council, PCC Langtang, Rev. Joel Bako Mwangong, the COCIN General Secretary, Rev. Associate Prof. Benjamin Pokol and the newly inducted RCC Dampar Chairman, Rev. Joseph M. Matawal who sued for prayers as they take on the leadership of the RCC.