June 10, 2015 By Mariatu Tamba
The Anglican Diocese of Freetown on Sunday 7th June dedicated and consecrated the newly reconstructed and refurbished St. Simon & St. Jude Church in Tombo after it had been left in ruins for years.
Giving the background to the project, Rev. Rt. Bishop Thomas A.I. Wilson J.P. (Co) said the Tombo church building has gone through rough times, citing the eleven years rebel war and SLRA road construction. He however noted that the church was compensated by the SLRA with the sum of Le21 million, which was paid in two installments.
During that period there was also an issue of the land dispute between the Parishioners and a community member. The church was taken to court where it took years for the court to arrive at a decision. He said that it was when Rev. Smart was made Vicar of the church that they were able to settle the matter out of court and the land was handed over to the Diocese.
The Bishop added that the contract to reconstruct the church was signed between the Anglican Diocese of Freetown and Sam-Kam Engineering on 10th March, 2004. After the foundation was done, he added, work started in earnest to some point but the Le21 million was exhausted which brought the work to a halt.
It was in his new dispensation as Bishop that the Andrew Keili Board administration was set up and ‘by the grace of God they have completed the work’. He praised the Board for its effort in bringing the work into completion because, as he put it, the budget for completion by the new contractors was Le15 million, which by his assessment was not even enough to finish the building.
Rev. Rt. Bishop Wilson J.P. (Co.) thanked Bishop retired J.O.P. Lynch, whom he referred to as the brain behind the building project. He thanked the current development board which he named the Andrew Keili Board, as well as parishioners of the Tombo branch for their relentless effort in the completion of the project. He said after God, it is these board members that have done their best in ensuring that the building was being dedicated that Sunday.
He gave special thanks to the Vice Chairman of the board, Mr. Olatunji Yaskey, who he said worked assiduously and relentlessly in seeing that the board fast tracked the work. He encouraged members of the board to construct more churches, especially in the rural areas and the provinces because, the primordial motive of the diocese is to build more churches so that souls can be saved and come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Delivering the sermon on the theme: “The Glory of This Present House Will be Greater Than the Glory of the Latter House” (Haggai 2:9), Rev. Rt. Bishop Wilson J.P. (Co) said today Christians have beautiful and standard houses but the houses of God they worship in are not of standard. He motivated the Diocese of Freetown to do more as nothing done for God will go in vain.
Quoting 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, he went on to say people need to be serious about the work of God, consecrate their lives and live more for Christ by building their lives on the word of God.
He called on Parishioners to have a relationship with Jesus (The King) by seeking the kingdom, purity and righteousness so that the church will be a place of prayer and healing.
The unveiling of the plaque was done by the current Board Chairman, Andrew Karmoh Keili and the vote of thanks by Evangelist Kinsley Anoh.