When Rev. Daniel Istifanus Lumi, the Provincial Council Chairman (PCC) of Tafawa Balewa, Bauchi State left home to bring Pastors for licensing at the COCIN Headquarters in Jos, little did he know that it was the last time he would see his wife, Elizabeth alive.
Shortly after arrival in Jos, he got a call that his wife whom was down with diabetes had been hospitalized and there was an urgent need for him to return home immediately, but his wife had died before his arrival.
Speaking during her funeral service at the Regional Church Council RCC Tafawa Balewa, President of the Church of Christ in Nations COCIN, Rev. Dr. Amos Mohzo reminded Christians of the need to see themselves as one, work together and live in peace with one another so that the glory of God will manifest in them.
The Church leader read from Genesis 13: 8-9 and urged Christians to know that their existence on earth has a time limit hence every believer must strive to make the most of the time allocated to him by God. “It is sad to know that some people failed to utilize the gifts God deposited in them while they were still alive and took it to their graves. But mama was industrious and worked hard to support her husband both in ministry and otherwise.
“The devil usually puts us at loggerheads with one another so that we cannot actualize our potentials but when we learn to sort out our differences and unite, we will be comforted and succeed in everything we do”, Rev. Dr. Mohzo said.
While comforting the husband of the deceased and the entire congregation, the COCIN President reminded Pastors that their primary duty is to prepare people for heaven hence, they must ensure that they do not fail in this great task.
Husband of the deceased, Rev. Daniel Istifanus Lumi in his testimony described his late wife as his source of strength in the pastoral ministry through her understanding and motherly advices. He appreciated all those who supported him in his moment of grieve and prayed for God to bless them.
In a sermon from Luke 7:36-50, the Chairman RCC Lusa, Rev. Shem Sumumma spoke on the topic, “Preparing for Death”. He urged the congregation to emulate the good virtues of the deceased who did not consider her earthly position but supported her family through her petty business.
He lamented at the level of hatred and envy exhibited by those who call themselves Christians stressing that earthly possessions and positions will not take us to heaven but only true repentance.
The funeral rites were performed by the COCIN Vice President, Rev. Dr. Timothy Nwan while condolence messages came from the Chairmen of Tafawa Balewa and Bogoro Local Governments.
Mrs. Elizabeth Daniel died at the age of 55 years after an illness and left behind her husband, three children and many relatives.