RCCG thrills FESTAC residents with free medical screening, palliatives

Adeze Ojukwu 

Residents of FESTAC, in Amuwon Odofin Local Government Area(LGA) of Lagos State, had cause to rejoice recently, as they were thrilled with palliatives, free medical screenings and food items, at a programme organized by the Province 3 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God(RCCG).

The excitement was momentous, as beneficiaries, rent the air with songs, dance and adulations, as the beneficiaries collected packs of rice, medicines and refreshments at the center.

The outreach was organized to support free health services to the indigent, as well as to promote evangelism, morality, integrity and Christian virtues in society.

The two-day Let’s Go A-fishing exercise tagged: ‘Voice of Hope’ is one of the biannual projects organized, as part of the RCCG Corporate Social  Responsibility(CSR) scheme to  impact positively on the community, spiritually and charitably.

The event was hosted at the new City of Greatness church, headed by Pastor David Chigbu, established by Province 3 of RCCG.

The humanitarian and evangelical endeavour, often holds between December 25 and 26, during the Christmas to mark the birth of Jesus Christ. The next edition, usually holds every Easter to commemorate His resurrection.

Highlights of the occasion included a crusade and musicals, as well as distribution of drugs and bags of rice to all participants.

It  also featured counselling, soul-winning and mobilization for the establishment of new parishes.

The programme,  was coordinated by the Provincial Pastor Toyin Olugbemi, with participation of over 200 members from Province 3 parishes, including Annex 2, Zones 1, 4, 6 and 9.

Other clerics included, Pastors Sunday Avoseh (APICP-CSR), Tokunbo Subuloluwa, Mike Oginni, Kayode Yusuf and Olamide Osinuga.

Pastor Clement Olaade led the team from the RCCG Headquarters to the event.

Pastor Avoseh, of City of Light FESTAC and Head of CSR in the Province said ‘the program is in line with the mandate of Christ to expand the kingdom of God and reach out to the indigents in the society.’

His words: ‘This vision is in obedience to the teaching of Jesus Christ, as stated  in Matthew 25:44-45: ‘Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’

Also speaking, head of the medical team Pastor Yusuf, a pharmacist, highlighted the importance of regular medical check-ups.

‘COVID-19 has exposed the need to promote and sponsor public health campaigns, especially among the underserved in society,’ he added.

Pharm. Florence Nakpodia described the program, as very successful and edifying, given the huge turnout of residents.

‘Many people trooped out to receive free medical check-ups as well as the rice packs,’ Nakpodia added.

According to her, many of the participants were thrilled by the benevolence and show of love by the mission.

The health team also included  Dr. Olusola Awomolo, a Consultant Pediatrician, Dr. Femi Akinwande, Dr. Daniels Nwagbara, Dr. Emmanuel  Okubote and Dr Chuka Ojukwu.

Others were Pharm Ufoma Ayara, while the nurses included Beauty Maduka, Yuwa Aigbe and Precious Nwandi.

Similarly, Pastor Tokunbo Subuloluwa also encouraged participants to embrace Jesus and his teachings, as crucial to earthly  peace and eternal salvation.

Said he: ‘It is the hope of the church that those that gave their lives to Christ will remain steadfast and uphold the ideals of the Christian faith.’

‘Faith in God’s protection and provision is very important in overcoming the anxiety and fear over COVID-19 and its numerous economic challenges,’ he added.

A 50-year old beneficiary hailed the church for the gesture. She displayed the drugs and rice pack she also received.

Another resident, who accompanied his ailing father, described the programme as  ‘ soul-stirring, valuable and encouraging.’

Said he: ‘I am really impressed at the generosity of the church to sponsor such a huge medical programme at this period of economic hardship and inflation.’

A 60-year old widow, hailed the organizers for the gesture. Displaying the rice drugs and rice pack she received, she thanked the church and the planning committee.

‘I never expected this kind of love, because of general hardship across the country. May God continue to bless  the church and members for their philanthropic endeavours,’ she prayed.

Pictures by Emmanuel Idoko


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