‘Woman What Do You Want?’ As Gov’s Wife Hosts CRS Women In Solemn Assembly

To enable women come together to seek the face of the Almighty God on behalf of the State, Wife of Cross River State, Dr. (Mrs) Linda Ayade has organized a two-day Solemn Assembly for women and mothers in the state. In a welcome address at the event tagged ‘Cross River Women Pray’ with the theme, ‘Woman what do you want?’ (Esther 7:2) and held at the U.J. Esuene Sports Stadium, the Governor’s wife stated: “As the mother of the state, l have invited you all, women and mothers to pray for Cross River State. If we do, God will hear and heal the land. Our prayers will bring a positive change to the economy of Cross River State. Our prayers will grant speed to the developmental programs and projects
in our state.”

According to her, God has always responded to the prayers of his people, adding that, “our prayers will even bring revival to the churches in our state, providing for God’s servants and helping church leaders to develop proper perspective on those things that will bring expansion to the kingdom of God.”
Referring to 1 Timothy 2: 1-3, Dr. Ayade further enjoined all to cultivate the habit of giving thanks to God for those in authority as well as pray for them, rather than criticize and praise them unnecessarily. She maintained that God will respond to corporate prayer and heal nations that humble themselves, recognize as well as turn to him in true repentance from sin out of a pure heart (2 Chronicles 7:14). The Governor’s wife stated that CRS women can equally make a difference through their prayers, like Esther,
Hannah, Virgin Mary and other godly women in the bible. She therefore used the occasion to express thanks to all those who contributed in one way or the other to the success of the solemn assembly,
especially the ministers, members of the central planning committee, staff of her voice, various choir groups, among others and prayed God to bless all present. In their exhortation, Rev Father Bob Etta and Rev. (Mrs.) Theodore Effong noted that the theme for the solemn assembly itself is an open cheque that God has given to every woman in CRS. According to them, women have always played important role in the salvation of mankind since after the fall of man in the garden of Eden and that whenever women gather all over the world to pray, definite things do happen for nothing is impossible with God. They therefore admonished CRS women to learn to pray with burdens in their hearts such that will produce tears from their eyes, for a broken and a contrite heart God will not despise, he will surely answer and turn again the captivity of the state. In the same vein, Rev. Nsa Eyo, Apostle Trinity Ogar and Rev. Father Anselem Willie called on women and Cross Riverians in general to maintain a personality and posture that is acceptable in the sight of God shunning all forms of vices such as disobedience to God’s
word, stubbornness/rebellion and also maintain a right standing attitude with God in order to obtain favour from him for answered prayers, as recorded in Esther 7:1-3 and psalm 66: 18). Father Willie said that God has given women the power to be bridge builders, able to change situations in the family, state and nation and called on mothers to set godly examples to their children so that they could become good citizens of the society. On behalf of the participants, Rev. Sister Roseline Okon expressed appreciation to
Dr. Linda Ayade for her thoughtfulnessin organizing such an event, while also thanking her husband, Governor Ben Ayade for his support. She appreciated all who contributed to making the solemn
assembly a huge success. The solemn assembly featured intercessory prayers led by Rev. (Fr.) Patrick Eneyo, choir renditions, praise worship and exhortations among others.

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