Pastors Wives were not left out in the blessings of the 2023 edition of the Ministers’ Conference. The good tradition continued as the Women’s Training Centre (WTC) Alumni Fellowship held during the Ministers’ Conference at the Seminary Chapel on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. It was a gathering of both WTC Alumni and pastors’ wives. There were pastors’ wives of many years standing as well as recently called pastors’ wives and those still in training who all met to fellowship and pray to be honourable vessels of God in the contemporary Nigerian situation.
The general theme of the conference, “Vessels for Honour” and the various challenges confronting women or pastors wives informed the choice of this topic. The conference text 2Timothy 2: 20-21 was read by Rev. Abigail Dariya after which the guest minister, Rev. Dr Sola Lawal, while taking participants through the topic, emphasized the fact that Pastors Wives’ ministry in the church is multi-dimensional; ministry to God, to the self, the husband/pastor, children, families and communities. For this reason, the pastor’s wife must desire and pray always to be an honourable vessel in the household of God.
Some of the prayer points raised by Rev. Sola Lawal and on which all participants cried out in prayers were for:
- Fresh fire to fall upon our prayer altars as pastors’ wives
- The power of the Holy Spirit to fall on us afresh
- Protection of God on Pastors’ Wives, our husbands and children from arrows of enemies warring against the ministry
- Wisdom in the face of contemporary challenges
- God’s provisions for all needs for the ministry
- Our children to know, love and have the fear of God
- God to raise burden bearers and prayer partners for us for the ministry
After the prayers, Mrs ’Kunbi Ajao, a former President of the WTC Alumni gave a presentation on tips for the pastor’s wife, home management and the ministry in this period of economic hardship in Nigeria. Some of the tips to managing our homes and ministry at such a time as this included;
- being organized in meal planning
- Maintaining a (weekly) budget to cut down on unnecessary spending
- Maintaining a routine for doing house chores by involving everyone
- Being up and doing, not being lazy and avoidance of procrastination
- Being prayerful, committing all things into God’s hand
Other activities during the fellowship were moments of appreciation to God for Dns Titilayo Nihinlola, on the successful tenure and retirement of her husband; the former Seminary President, Rev. Prof Emiola Nihinlola and for Rev. Susan Olatoorera Ayankeye for her assuming the position as wife of the new Seminary President, Rev. Prof Stephen Ola Ayankeye. Prayers were offered by the Convention President’s wife, Pastor Mrs Victoria Akanji.
In their speeches during the fellowship, the WTC Alumni Fellowship President, Dns Yemisi Fatiloro, the WTC Supervisor, Dr Olukemi Adejuwon and wife of the Seminary President, Rev. Susan Ayankeye admonished pastors’ wives to be available vessels for honour in their various homes, churches, places of ministry and communities by praying without ceasing for positive transformations in our society.
The fellowship ended with the singing of the conference theme song, “Have Thine own Way, Lord” led by Pastor Mrs Emmanuella Talla; appreciation, praises, and thanksgiving offered unto God for His faithfulness to the WTC, the Seminary, our Convention and the nation at large. Closing Prayers and the Benediction were pronounced by Rev. Susan Ayankeye.