By Gilbert Ekezie
In the spirit of Christmas, Founder of Grace Nations International Church, (aka Liberation City), Dr Chris Okafor on Friday, showed love for thousands of widows , members of the ministry, his neighborhood, community leaders, the police, traditional rulers and others with food items and cash gifts in Lagos.
Though the cleric with philanthropic heart, gives out to those in need on weekly and monthly basis to demonstrate the love of Christ, he deemed it necessary that this special time of Christmas, love should be demonstrated in a special way because according to him, Jesus Christ is Love and the reason for the season.
While distributing the items at his Ojodu Headquarters of his church, Okafor said that the mission of Jesus Christ according to John 3:16 as quote ” For God so loved the world and He gave his only begotten son, Jesus Christ for all .”
He explained that Love is about giving, so in the present Christmas period , even though his church gives out to the needy all the time, this season is special. “We need to give because Christ is Love. Also, looking at the present bad economic situation of Nigeria, we observed that a lot of people cannot afford something to eat, and as a person and as a church , we cannot sit in the comfort of our homes and say thank God for blessing us. We are not bless if people around us do not have anything to eat. It is only when we share to others, that we exhibit the love we have for Christ. We are not only giving to the widows, but to workers of the church and those who do not have enough to eat. We will visit other communities, police stations, traditional rulers etc. That’s what we do almost on weekly and monthly bases.”
Okafor noted that the bags of rice and garri to be distributed are over five thousand, among other things. “Millions and millions are being put into it to ensure that the less privileged in the society are well fed. Apart from giving the widows rice , garri and other items, we as well gave them some money to survive the hard times.”
He empasied that looking at the economic situation of the country, God is able to help save his people, if only they can bow down in prayers. ” I am not a politician, our work is to pray and counsel people. In the present economic situation, God is able to help when the people cry to God. Firstly, we must acknowledge the place of God because it is in His power to turn things around. We should know that except the Lord builds the city, the labourers build in vain. Also, except the Lord watcheth the city, the watchmen watcheth in vain.”
The cleric observed that Nigerians are not only battling with bad economic situation, but also insesecurity. “Obviously, the government has done her best yet things are getting worse. Now, all we need to do to save the situation, is to pray and support them. through prayers. I am optimistic that by so doing, the present economic situation in Nigeria will overturn. ”
He said God is everywhere, but does not manifest everywhere, so he needs to be invited to tackle every difficult situation. ‘It is illegal for God to show up if He is not invited. He has to be invited. As it is, we, as Nigerians need to come together and tell God that the present situation is beyond us, we need you to take over Nigeria, and you will see that the hand of God will be seen mightily like ever before.”
Okafor also used the medium to advise Nigerians not to be weighed down by challenges of every magnitude, but should be hopeful, prayerful and believe in God who has the power to change every situation.