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Prayers Alone Not Enough To Transform Lives – Oso

Posted: Jun 12, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chinyere Abiaziem


General Overseer of Dominion Harvest International Church, Akoka Yaba, Pastor Abiodun Oso has told church leaders to key more into transforming lives by way of providing skills acquisition opportunities for members of their congregation.

Stressing that faith without works is dead, Oso expressed that prayers combined with works (skills empowerment) will translate to transformation of lives.

This he stated during the church’s inauguration, his ordination and graduation of participants at the skill acquisition workshop organised by the church.

Speaking with journalists at the event, the Micro Biology graduate of the University of Lagos said he surrendered his life to Christ in 1989 and has planted several churches but was divinely mandated to commence Dominion Harvest International Church around March 2014 during a conference in Jos.

Oso also explained that the skill empowerment initiative was prompted by God for him to impact lives, adding that soft loans will also be provided for the graduands to start practicing what they have learnt.

“God spoke to me about empowering the people and it’s all connected to the big harvest. I know one thing that God does not give money, but he gives power to make wealth. I am a business man. I am into software design. At the same time God told me to impact the lives of people. If you are generous towards people, they would be generous towards God. In today’s world, it’s not enough to pray for people; you need to give them skills. When you give them skill combined with prayer, there would be transformation.

“So we have been able to organise skill acquisition programme which has benefited 500 people who are graduating today. As we were planning for the inauguration of this ministry, we started the free skill acquisition workshop.

“We are starting an entrepreneurial school to teach people how to start and run a business. So for those who cannot afford start-up capital, we intend to give them interest-free loans. So it’s not just about having the skill, the essential part is for them to practice and turn it to wealth. But to get the loan, they have to go through our school. The school will teach entrepreneurial and leadership skills and it is also free,” Pastor Oso stated.

One of the beneficiaries, Osuji Maomi, a 200 level Mass Communication student from Yaba College of Technology who took part in the photography section at the workshop, testified of the impact and encouraged churches to do more in investing in lives.

Sections at the workshop include Ankara tie and die, book publishing, photography, make-up, catering, and hall decoration.