It was a day for celebration as the Chapel of Salvation, National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, NIPSS, Kuru held a special welcome service in honour of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. David Pofi, the new Chaplain for the Institute.
The President of the Church of Christ in Nations, COCIN, Rev. Dr. Amos Mohzo who led the COCIN Management team to the event said the Church is deeply honoured to have one of her own serve in that capacity for the first time since the establishment of the Institute.
He described the choice of Rev. Dr. and Mrs. David Pofi as the working of God because God has a special purpose for calling them to that position. He said the couple have integrity and is zealous for the gospel of Jesus Christ and called on the members of the chapel to accord them the needed support to build the chapel.
While congratulating the couple, the COCIN President urged them to be resolute because their assignment is going to be tough and reminded them to always rely on God as their source of strength so that they can overcome at all times.
“We are all one because we believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and saviour, so I call on you to to formulate policies that will build the nation. Let us pray for Nigeria and also ensure that we are duly registered to participate in the forthcoming elections to elect leaders who will help us build a peaceful and prosperous nation”, Rev. Dr. Mohzo said.
In a sermon with reference to the book of Jeremiah 3: 1-15, former Vice President of COCIN, Rev. Dr. Obed Dashan mni called on the people to return to God in repentance so that God will give them leaders after His own heart.
He reminded the new Chaplain to note that they were not called by man or a clan but by God so they should ensure that they listen to God at all times in order to correctly shepherd the flock of God under their care. “The major function of the Pastor is not to entertain but call the people to repentance. It is so saddening that today we sin with courage and do not repent with the same courage. So I urge you to ensure that you call the people to repentance no matter the cost”, Rev. Dr. Obed Dashan said.
Responding, Rev. Dr. and Mrs. David Pofi thanked the congregation for the show of love and said they are like a donkey on which Jesus will ride on to do His work of building the church. They promised to operate within the confines of the Bible and called on the congregation to support them in prayers.
He said their desire is to raise a Church which is both “missional” (believers that will be salt and light wherever they go) and missionary inclined because they were not posted there by God to make the congregation happy but to tell them the truth so that at the end, they will all make heaven together.
There were goodwill messages from guests and dignitaries who graced the occassion.