Laying emphasis on the significance of lending to the needy in society, the good book encouraged Christian devotes in Proverbs 19 verse 17, that “whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.”
As a Christian devote who lives by the tents of what he preaches, presiding Bishop of God First Ministry, Isaac Idahosa on Sunday, April 12, the day Christian faithfuls across the world commemorate Easter – the death and resurrection of Christ – decided to call a feast inviting worshippers, destitutes and physically challenged within the Lagos metropolis; precisely Ajah, regardless of the lockdown order by the Federal Government in the fight against the global Pandemic, Covid-19.
Idahosa, speaking with ngg.ng about the charity ball explained that the Easter giving exercise stemmed from the fact that some persons are hungry and are lacking means of survival at this crucial period that doubles both as a time in the nation’s life when it is dealing with the Covid-19 global pandemic and Easter celebration.
“What we did was Jesus’s commandment to us as believers. We are to be our brothers keepers. The reason we’re blessed, is that we become a source of blessing to other people. We are have a mandate to replicate the goodness of God in the lives of others.
“This is a very crucial time for us as a people. The covid-19 lockdown is on, and there’s even an extension now. We are aware of the plight of some people, who do not have what to eat.
“What we did with the excercise was that we fed people today as an act of giving back from what the Lord has blessed us with. As the saying goes, charity begins at home. We started from our own Jerusalem, the church. In an organized manner, we invited most of our congregants to feast with us first.
“Then, we proceeded from there to other by-ways and then Ajah Round About, where we fed multitudes of needy people, destitutes and physically challenged people including the blind, those on wheel chairs and the likes.”
The Bishop shed light on why edible meals were distributed as against raw food materials. According to the Edo born clergy, he had embarked on a similar charity ball weeks earlier, as first phase of the exercise, where raw food stuffs including Bags of rice, vegetable oil bottles and hand sanitizers were distributed to hundreds of beneficiaries as lockdown relief materials.
However, his experience from the first phase of the exercise made him realize that some indegent persons who were homeless couldn’t even cook raw food, while some still asked for condiments including seasoning to cook with.
That for the clergy informed the decision to make and distribute edible food on the second phase of the exercise.
On ensuring strict compliance to the directive of the government on social distancing during the exercise, Idahosa explained, “we tried as much as we could to maintain orderliness while going about the exercise, however, I must confess that while we were at Ajah Round About, the crowd almost got of hand, but thanks to the security operatives who were with us, they helped us returned normalcy and orderliness, everyone had something to eat and were satisfied,” he remarked.
The clergy who expressed a deep sense of accomplishment and feeling of self-satisfaction from the exercise, enlightened that anyone who gave genuinely was bound to feel that sense of fulfilment, because giving was a lifestyle.
“Giving is living. All the millions anyone has wouldn’t amount to nothing if he could not share with people in need. Even God is a giver. The Bible said in John 3:16, For God so loved the world, and the ‘Gave’ his begotten son. It is also important to give genuinely. The heart determines the height.”
Sending a message of hope to Nigerians and especially, Christian faithful across the country and the world, Idahosa admonished all to keep hopes alive, as it is a requisite to benefit both from God and man. He emphasized that Covid-19, the pandemic threatening global peace, would and pass, it has not come to stay.