By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has on Sunday dolled out about N7 million as empowerment for no fewer than 46 poor members in Asaba, Delta.
Addressing newsmen on Sunday on the empowerment, Pastor, Olutomi Sodiende, Pastor in Charge of RCCG Dekta Province 3, Asaba, said it was in line with Biblical injunction to empower the very poor in the church.
According to him, RCCG has been committed to the empowerment of its members and will continue to so.
He said that a church is the gathering of those who believe in Jesus and quoting the books of Act 10:38 how God anointed Jesus with holy ghost and power and went about doing good.
“Doing good is something of emphasis, Jesus Christ empowered men and and women, healed the leper, the blinds and the sick who were integrated into the society, so, prosperity starts when Jesus touches life.
“There is so much trouble in the society today, and the church has become a solution center and that is the essence of fellowship.
“In church, those who have a little more to give, should do so to reduce this pains, and in the RCCG, we call it Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), if we are able to empower some, its multiplier effect would reduce poverty generally particularly when other churches copy our model(CSR).
Mr Kingsley Ofili, Chairman, Empowerment Committee, Men’s Fellowship of the RCCG, “Miracle Mega Parish”, said it was an annual programme of the Men’s Fellowship of church.
He said though the benefits were open first to members of the church but considerations were given to some visitors and new members with genuine cases.
“According to him the purpose is to enable beneficiaries stand on their own and run a successful business and to also support in subsequent empowerments.
“Today, we empowered over 46 persons who have genuine need with various items and it is to enable them start off life, run businesses and succeed”.
In an interview, 50- year-old, Mrs Rita Oboma, a mother of six expresses relief after been empowered with food Items worth over N200,000.
she said that with the empowerment, she would now rent a shop and expand her business of selling foodstuffs on table along the Okpanam road, adding that she hope to raise enough money to train her children.
Also, Mr Ifeanyi Chukwurah, who deals on spices, said he received material worth over N150,000 to support his business and to expand it.
According to Chukwurah, the empowerment took quite a process and at the end everyone who allied and with genuine need, got empowered.
The beneficiaries thanked the church and the Men’s fellowship for considering their request while calling on other churches to emulate the RCCG in healing the poverty in the land.
Some of the items given to beneficiaries include, sewing machines, generations, catering kits, Washing machines, hairdressing kits, Fishing kits, foodstuffs; bags of rice, cartons of indomies and, barbing kits,
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