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Why Religious Bodies Need To Do More For The Needy

Posted: Apr 10, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)


To reach the unreached in the society and minister love to them, The Foursquare Women International (FWI), Ebiere Lagos, an arm of The Foursquare Gospel Church, held a free medical service in collaboration with Charity Mission Empowerment Foundation (CMEF), for Isolo community dwellers.

The medical outreach, which was described as the first of its kind drew throngs of men and women, including children to the premises of the church as early as 9am.

The beneficiaries, who showed up in their numbers, were received by the host church and founder of CMEF, Princess Nqozi Oluwagbemiga alongside the medical teams.

Starting off with opening prayers, the participants engaged in mild aerobics, with a talk on health and short exhortation on spiritual matters before going into the free eye screening, free blood pressure check, free sugar level check and distribution of free drugs and free reading glasses.

Giving her remarks, Pastor (Mrs.) Bunmi Oni, wife of the senior pastor of the church said the initiative is to help the community and humanity.

“This is the first of its kind and we are doing this to help our community and humanity. As we are ministering to them health wise we are also ministering to them in spiritual things.

“Both of them matters because when you are healthy you will be able to focus and serve God well. The plan of God for us is that we live healthy lives and be able to serve Him well,” Pastor Oni said.

On why the church should attach importance, to caring for the needy, she stated: “Churches should know that part of God’s attributes is that He is compassionate and caring. This means that churches should be compassionate and caring for the poor and the needy in the society.”

In addition, the clergy advised people not to neglect their well being but to always check to know their health status so as to forestall evil.

“I advise people to always check and know their health status, as doing so will increase their longevity. I feel illiteracy and finance make people not to take care of their health.”

Speaking with Independent, the financier of the outreach, Mrs. Becky Ashion, affirmed that a lot of people are going through pains hence her decision to reach the unreached and put smiles on their faces.

She also charged churches to seek to be impactful in the environment they are planted and also harness same to win souls for God’s kingdom.

Her submission: “I chose to give in to this initiative because I realised that a lot of people are going through a lot of pains so with the resources God Has given men I chose to come in to ameliorate the pains people suffer.

“Jesus Christ took care of the needy. As Christians, He wants us to do the same. This is the only way we can win souls for Him. It is not about carrying Bible around but about impacting the lives of people around us. As churches we should meet the needs of the community where we are planted.”

Corroborating what Pastor Oni and Mrs. Ashion, founder of CMEF, princess Oluwagbemiga who lamented the present economy, called on religious bodies and individuals to do more for the needy.

She also encouraged Nigerians to adopt wholesome lifestyles and steer clear of anxiety.

“People are sick, the economy is very bad and it is affecting people mentally. Imagine people who do not need a particular drug, insisting to get it. Religious bodies, even individuals can collaborate to help people. Let us walk in love. Let those who have support those who do not have.

“I also encourage Nigerians to pursue healthy lifestyles. We are living in a hard time; we want to make people to take things easy, stress is not your friend. Lets us imbibe healthy lifestyles, some are near dead but they don’t even know. We should take our health seriously and take things easy. Those who claim to be Christians are being killed by anxiety, which is contradictory to the Bible we carry.”

Speaking further, she said that: “We are looking forward to doing more, so we ask for support from individuals and organisations. Mrs Ashion is one of the Nigerians who is saying let something be done for the masses. I pray that God keeps her and touch more people to help the less privileged.”