By success Akende Akpera
When the news of his passage into glory filtered the air on November 19, 2010, Mkar community became cold. Rev. Pastor Iyortyom Achineku , a thorough bred NKST pastor, former General Secretary of NKST Synod, father and grandfather left behind his wife, Atese Rachael who has just passed to join his dear husband.
Pastor Achineku’ s life has taught many of us to be resilient. He had tall records of trying times. Born in a polygamous family of Late Achineku Gusha who married ten wives, Iyortyom suffered difficulties associated with the nature of African polygamy. His father resisted western education, with belief that Iyortyom would be corrupted by it.
Iyortyom secretly enrolled into western education and dearly paid for going for the new system of life. He battled lack of school fees in his Middle 3 class, suffered unknown disease in 1955 which made him bedridden for almost a year and despite all these, Iyortyom was ever ready to face tougher wars.
Iyortyom’s resilience started bearing fruits in 1956, after his water baptism in September at Jato Aka by Rev. Erico Casaleggio, a DRCM missionary.
Casaleggio’s book, THE LAND SHALL YIELD IT’S FRUITS must have been written partly due to experience the missionary got from the likes of Iyortyom Achineku, David Shinyi Ugo, Tar Shande, Ishoribo Sai and a host of other saints.
Rev. Achineku completed his secondary education at Mkar Teachers College, Mkar, briefly worked and enrolled at Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Bukuru, TCNN. The Lord keep Rev Achineku throughout pastoral training even at Kuyper College, Grand Rapids, Michigan throughout his Diploma studies in Theology.
On returning to Barrington College, Rhoda Island for undergraduate degree, the Lord was even more faithful to him and his Atese, Rachael. Rev Achineku furthered his education by Masters degrees in Systematic Theology and Apologetics. Later, he also mastered in Missionlogy.
Akpera writes from Makurdi, Benue State capital city.