ECWA President Marks 63
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Malankaltho, the ECWA President, a cleric with vision, zeal and an unrelenting passion for the work of missions, an icon of peace and a clergy with a great sense of humour turned 63 on March 5.
He would have wanted a quiet thanksgiving but like the Golden Fish, he could not hide hence a planning committee made up of some ECWA headquarters staff put together a birthday celebration unlike other birthdays this was slightly different as it served as a moment for prayer and thanksgiving.
It was also a celebration that the guests and celebrant will remember for years to come as they converged on the ECWA Headquarters to join the Gados in celebrating God’s faithfulness in the life of a Sexagenarian minister of God, an icon of peace and a visionary leader.
Guests had come from far and near to celebrate with a pastor, a friend, brother, father, mentor and a man of vision, full of passion for God’s work.
Entrenched in the over one thousand, five hundred seat-auditorium of the ECWA Headquarters International Conference Hall, the guests, friends, family, fellow ministers of God and well-wishers-gathered in honour of the servant of God, the ECWA President Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gado, who clocked 63.
He marked the day with his family members, friends and well-wishers at a thanksgiving service held at the ECWA Headquarters International Conference, Jos, Plateau State.
Rev. Dr. Gado, radiated joy throughout the event, expressed gratitude to God for His faithfulness and mercy upon his life from childhood through life struggles to his present position.
The occasion was graced by top Government functionaries, traditional rulers, Pastors and past and present ECWA leaders and members who came from far and wide including the celebrants’ kith and kin from Gombe state.
The celebration also witness song renditions by the Choir of ECWA Bishara 2 uniformly and beautifully dressed in the choir rope as they rendered melodious songs to the praise of God and admiration of guests.
On the reasons for the thanksgiving, Rev. Dr. Elijah Ipole, Special Assistant to the ECWA President, said “We are here essentially to thank God on behalf of the ECWA President. He has been traveling, escaping accidents, attacks and several challenges of life. Hence the need to thank God for His faithfulness”.
In his goodwill message, Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Hon. Silas Ali Adara extolled the good virtues of the celebrant which according to him, brought about several developments in ECWA AND thanked God for adding another year to the ECWA President.
While thanking for adding another year to the celebrants’ age and prayed God to grant him many more years ahead.
Hon. Adara said “His leadership and service is propelling ECWA to greater height. I want to assure the ECWA President of our support towards becoming the leader of Christians in Nigeria”.
Congratulating the celebrant, Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau State who was represented by Director of Press and Public Affairs, Emmanuel Nanle described the ECWA President as “a living witness of God’s faithfulness”.
Rev. Dr. Gado’s joy knew no bounds as many including his wife Grace testified to the excellence of his character, to his humility and to his being a forthright leader with vision.
In her goodwill message wife of the celebrant Mrs. Gado expressed gratitude to all those who came to rejoice with them as they expressed their thanks to God for His faithfulness in the life of her husband. She also gave testimony of how God has saved the celebrant and saw him through when he faced ups and downs during life struggles from his childhood to his present position.
Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gado brought the occasion to a close as he returned the glory to God for His mercies and faithfulness describing the celebration as a coronation. He rather refused to bask in the euphoria of the day, preferring to talk about what God has done, is still doing and will continue to do in his life
High point of the celebration was the cutting of the birthday cake as special prayers were also offered for Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Gado and his wife.
The event featured a photo slide show that captured the life and times of the celebrant from his childhood to his current position.