* Comments, replies and input to this mail and the issues raised herein are requested. Please say something; let us know your mind on things. Thank you.
The 2005 Reunion of the Evangelical Christian Union has come and gone, and the blessings of the program remain for all time. It was indeed a great time with God and each other and to relive great memories and fellowship together in unity as a special family, and to students, it is a testimony of what God can and will do through the spiritual training of today.
All sessions of the Reunion took place at Oduduwa Hall, OAU Ile-Ife, and the trend-setting Ife Chapter really made it an event with a grand welcome. To put it mildly, they were great hosts! The welcome pack was a composite – the Reunion program embedded in the special 44-page Reunion Edition of Informat, the ECU Magazine.
The Reunion started with a special outreach, TURNING POINT, which was an interactive discussion moderated by Mr Victor Oladokun and which featurted Mrs Emmanuel [IPFY Music], Prof Kunle Kehinde and ‘Gbenga Sesan. It featured the lessons learnt from the lives and experiences of the resource persons, the Turning Points in their lives, and interactive sessions with the audience. It was an outreach indeed and many were prayed for and delivered from both physical and spiritual short-sightedness. Also featured were ECU Choir & Drama Units, among others.
Time and space would not allow me to elaborate on this – but the VCD and Audio CD are available. Get yours.
Friday night got off to a running start as Rev Peter Ozodo ministered on ‘The Ancient Landmark’, bridging the divide between what is perceived by people when they hear the word ‘Ancient Landmark’ and chronicling the development of our faith through different times.
On Saturday morning we had a long and interesting session, starting with a super drama presentation by the Free Gift Drama, followed by ‘Ancient Landmark II’ and immediately after that, we had a Business Seminar given by Mr Bunmi Oni, on ‘Time-tested Principles for Christian Professionals’.
After this we had the Alumni-only session, where we deliberated on the issue of the ECU Bus. The substance of our deliberations is in another missive, but our conclusion was that every alumnus of ECU should deposit whatever he can give within 4 weeks in the Alumni account towards the procurement of a bus for ECU Household. Pledges were made there and then. For details, watch out for ‘Bus Project’ mails.
The Alumni President also announced a donation of N200,000 towards the purchase of a bus for CACSA, a sister fellowship whose bus had a fatal accident while assisting ECU, and our commitment to helping the student fellowship on other issues.
Next on the Agenda was Elections into the National Executive, and at the end of various nominations and ‘miracle bags’, the following brethren were charged with the responsibility of moving the Alumni Body forward for another two years :
PRESIDENT - Dr Tope Oni
V-PRESIDENT - Mr Sola Olayanju
GENERAL SECRETARY - Pastor John Ewa
ASST. GEN. SEC. - Mrs Bukola Kolajo
FINANCIAL SECRETARY - Mrs Bidemi Temisanren
TREASURER - Mrs Bisi Olugasa
REUNION COORDINATOR - Pastor Ibukun Odusote
ASST. REUNION COORD. - Arc. Mrs C. O. Osasona
PRO - Bayo Olotu
EX-OFFICIO - Rev Rotimi Andu
After this, we broke up for a late lunch and which was provided at the venue, and resumed for a short night session which featured Mr Oladokun ministering on ‘The Lessons Jesus Taught Me’. There was also a ministeration by ECU Drama Alumni and Choir too. The meeting ended with a long dinner during which lots of person-to-person interaction took place.
By the time the sun rose on Sunday morning, our first Sunday session was over. 6-7am was time for early morning prayers, and brethren were around with a great attendance to show that the lessons learnt in ECU are still being kept. The Prayer meeting was great, and it set the stage for a glorious communion service which started at 9am with many features, including a Final Charge, music ministerations, discussions and presentation of gifts to outgoing executives and the student leaders who greatly assisted in organizing the Reunion – as well as donations to the student fellowship.
There is no gainsaying that this has been a time of destiny with the Lord. We are steadfastly looking to the Lord to lift us up and make this a greater place, and Reunion 2007 MUST be much better.
Please give something, no matter how small, towards the Bus Project. Deadline is December 5. Encourage us by being at Chapter Meetings. Be more interactive by mailing us comments, articles etc from time to time. Lets raise this body even higher!
Finally, here's a 2-year invitation: Reunion 2007 is on October 26-28, 2005 in Ife. It's not too early to make a note of that in some diaries. You are invited and expected. Do tell someone; and send in a donation towards the programme. We want to publicise it in the dailies, magazines, cable tv, etc etc...
This is a place of destiny; once again, we will meet Him here.
God Bless You.
* Here's saying a special 'Thank You' to all who were able to make it to the Reunion and to all who sent in their regrets for their unavoidable absence.
WATCH OUT !!!
Please watch out for corporate auctions of buses - 18 or 32 seaters. If your office is auctioning such anytime between now and January 2006, we would be happy to have the information, in furtherance of our present drive to procure a bus for the student fellowship within the next two months.
For those who would like to donate but were not at the Reunion and so didnt fill the form, a full briefing will be sent out next week. Please note that all donations towards this effort are to come in latest by the end of November. An extension till the first week of December is possible but not likely.