SPEECH DELIVERED BY:- ARCHBISHOP AFILAKA AYODELE LAWRENCE THE PRESIDENT AND THE GRAND COMMANDER OF CHAPLAINS FELLOWSHIP OF NIGERIA, INC. AT COMMISSIONING CEREMONY
THE CHAPTER COORDINATOR
MY LORD SPIRITUAL
THE OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS OF CHRIST
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
ALL OTHER PROTOCOLS OBSERVERED.
On behalf of myself and the governing body of chaplains fellowship of Nigeria, I have joy in welcoming all of you to chaplains commissioning and promotion ceremony of today.
God bless you richly as we march together in prayers for nation Nigeria.
We greatly appreciate you and all you do for the kingdom of God and the body of Christ jesus, our soon coming king and our supreme commander.
You are highly welcome to this laudable occasion of the matriculation and commissioning ceremony of the successfully trained and worthy ministers of the gospel as chaplains.
I am happy to confirm that the chaplain officers presented to for – matriculation and commissioning are ministers of proven intergrity and highly committed to the course of the gospel.
It is my utmost delight to congratulate you on your successful completion of the training programme.
You are therefore, expected as you go out from here, to roll up your sleeves and engrave you names on the sands of time on the minds of this generation.
The chaplains fellowship of Nigeria is non-governmental, non-denominational and non-profit making organization, which commenced operation in 1998 and was incorporated in the year 2000 with registration number 13004. The terms complain comes to us from a fourth-century legend of martinof tours. St. martin of tours a member of the roman province that included modern hungary, to a pagan family. Appropriately, at age 2, one very cold day he passes the gates of amiens in Gaul (what is today France) and saw a man freezing on the side of the road. Martin moved with compassion after seeing and hearing the pleas of the beggar being ignored by several others who had ridden on their horses, he decided to help. Martin had little himself, he took the one valuable possession he owned his cape- and cut it in half. He kept half as shelter from the cold and gave the other to the begger.
That night, as the story goes, Martin had a vision in which he came to understand that the begger was none other than Christ Himself! The vision shook Martin to the core.
After that experience he decided to follow the Christian faith and was baptized by Bishop St. Hilary. When he related the story to others, the remaining half of the cape became a relics and an object of value as a reminder of the event. The cape (Latin Cappa) was kept in a special container made for it. The container was called the cappella. Thus, we get the term chapel-that pace where the robe of Christ is shared not stored. The keeper of the cape was known as the cappellanus. The cappellanus is where we get the wordchaplain, for chaplains are ones who share God’s love and care with those in need wherever people are.
People who are strong in deeds, on the other hand, tend to be administrators, organizers, doers, helpers, supporters, builders, ministers of mercy, and givers. Stephanas and his family, Onesiphoprus, Phoebe, Onesimus, and the women who contributed to our Lord’s ministry were all recognized in the New Testament for their loving service to others, not their speaking ministry (1 Corinthians 16: 15; 2 Timothy 1:16-18; Romans 16:1; Philemon 10:13; Luke 8:3). Of Onesiphorus, Paul writes. “….. when he was in Rome. He eagerly searched for me, and found me – the Lord grant to him to find mercy from the Lord on that day ……….. and you know very well what services (diakoneo) he rendered at “ Ephesus” (2 Timothy 1:17;18).
The chaplains work is supportive as well as functional within the interdisciplinary team.
Wishing you God’s Divine Grace as you enlist in God’s Army. Our prayers are with you.
Yours in Training of God’s Army.
ARCHBISHOP AFILAKA AYO LAWRENCE JP
CFN Grand Commander.