Rev. Stephen Panya, President of Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA. (Credit: Google/ECWA USA)

By Marie-Therese Nanlong

Jos – The President of Evangelical Church Winning All, ECWA, Rev. Stephen Panya has tasked Nigerians to contribute to the sustainability of the media for development and evangelism.

The cleric spoke last weekend at the ECWA Headquarters Church, Jos during the 70th anniversary celebration of the Eternal Love Winning All, ELWA, the Radio arm of ECWA, and the launch of its history book.

He insisted, “Anybody that does not invest in media will not be relevant and cannot reach today’s generation.” He called on the Church to evolve and adapt to using all technological media channels to preach the gospel and reach out to people.

According to him, “There are places that the evangelist cannot go physically and there are also cases where some countries would prevent the spreading of the gospel but through the airwaves, the gospel is preached in the closed countries.”

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The Guest Speaker, Rev. Dogo Gani who is the Director of the Air Force Military Chaplain, spoke on The Power of Hearing and called for support for ELWA to realize the vision of the founding fathers.

Earlier, the Director of Radio ELWA, Rev. Abel Samu commended the resilience of stakeholders in sustaining the outfit in the last 70 years and stressed that dedicating the ELWA history book was apt, so everyone knows the impacts of Radio ELWA in the seven decades.

However, the book reviewer, Prof. Haruna Ayuba, who is the Vice Chancellor of Bingham University, said the 16 chapter-book Titled “ELWA Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” has 131 pages and appreciated “The thorough work done by the writers going deep into the history of the Radio ELWA.”

Meanwhile, the Plateau State Governor Caleb Mutfwang through his Special Adviser on Religious Affairs, Rev. Steven Dangana, the Gbong Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Buba represented by the Agwom Izere, Rev. Isaac Wakili, Chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council, (AMAC), Christopher Zakka among others appreciated the Church for using the radio station in preaching the gospel and spreading love and peace.

Awards were also presented to individuals and organizations who played significant roles in sustaining the outfit.



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