In keeping with the divine mandate of preaching the Gospel of Christ and making of disciples, the Diocesan Bishop, Rt. Rev. Innocent U. Ordu, JP created this special unit - PUBLIC/PRIVATE SECONDARY SCHOOLS MINISTRY (PPSSM) to help with the task of specially reaching out to the staff and students of all government and privately owned Secondary Schools within the Evo ecclesiastical jurisdiction.
To take the gospel of Christ to all staff and students in Secondary Schools within the Evo kingdom.
To make the Good News of Christ known to all Secondary School staff and students within Evo kingdom through proclamation, capacity building, partnership, purposeful Bible engagement, relevant Christian literatures, special holiday camping, quiz competitions and debate so as to help them experience the new birth and lay a solid foundation for growth to Christian maturity and service for God and humanity.
One cardinal responsibility of the church is TEACHING. Incidentally, an essential part of the motto of Evo Diocese is Teaching (“To Love, teach and preach Christ”). This teaching duty is not meant to be only within the confines of the four walls of the church. In fact, the Public/Private Schools Ministry affords us the opportunity to reach out to thousands of people at no cost, which is seen as a gold mine!
The estimated number of public and private schools in Evo kingdom is 250 with about 75,000 students! This is perhaps up to five times the population of all our churches put together. We must confess that at the moment, we are not even reaching out up to one tenth of this population. The harvest is ripe, but we do not have sufficient “foot soldiers” to engage in this enormous but noble task.
Presently we have only 33 committed evangelists, who are covering a total of 38 schools only. Some of these school evangelists are youths from our various churches with few Church Teachers across the Diocese.
Each evangelist holds a ministration in the school of his coverage at least once in a week, being the day and time the school management would assign to him/her. Some have only 20 minutes in a week to do this. In addition to the devotions, they also undertake any other task or assignment like Counseling and Staff Fellowship at the discretion of the school administration.
The schools’ quiz/debate/holiday camps are centrally planned and the evangelists serve as agents of mobilization, to mobilize various schools towards mass participation.
The Public Private Schools chaplaincy is calling on those with passion of reaching out to the youths in our various Secondary Schools with the Gospel to identify with us. It will cost you only 30 minutes of your time per week! It is one task that God will surely reward you for making yourself available for the salvation of souls. Only time will reveal the quality of impact you would have made in some one’s life.
All you need to do is identify a Secondary School close to you, contact us and collect an Introduction letter signed by the Bishop with the ministry’s Handbook, take it to the school management and get their feedback on days they would permit you to minister.
We also plead with pastors to take advantage of this opportunity and locate Secondary Schools near them and see such as a mission field. It is a task that all must join hands to accomplish.
“I thank God for the privilege of being involved in this ministry. When I brought the Introduction letter to Paternoster Schools, initially I was rejected because they told me they are Roman Catholic; but I knew God has an assignment for me there.
It wasn’t long they called me back and I really thank God for the transformation of lives taking place there. It is so serious that at a point the school authority wanted to start paying me. To God be all Glory” – Bro. Jonathan Obianochie, St. James’ Iriebe Parish.
“I encountered Christ at Abuloma Girls’ during the ministrations of our then visiting school’s chaplain, Rev. E.E Ngaha” – Hon. Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, Former Commissioner of Information, Rivers State
Rev. Ozioma Iheanetu Rev.John Eze
Chaplain I Chaplain II