CHRIST Embassy Church, during the week, flagged off its nationwide free distribution of over 30 million copies of Rhapsody of Reality, a daily devotional of the church and Bibles, in commemoration of Nigeria’s 53rd Independence anniversary celebration, reports PETER DURU.
Speaking at a ceremony in Makurdi, the pastor-in-charge of the church in Benue State, Gbuyi Olubitan said; “the free distribution of the devotional and Bibles is part of the church’s deliberate effort to galvanize the prayer life of Nigerians as we celebrate our independence as a nation.”
While pointing out that the church and its partners had invested huge funds on the project, he said , “over 150,000 copies of the prayer book would be freely distributed in Benue state.
“The Benue church will in the next few days also kick start its free medical outreach services in some communities in the state just as we will also embark on the completion of construction work on some blocks of classrooms in Makurdi town, all in commemoration of the celebrations,” he said.
Olubitan said the church had also undertaken to positively impact the lives of the youths of the state through periodic seminars and workshops that would prepare them for the challenges of becoming useful to themselves and the society.
According to him, “the church is deliberately reaching out to Nigerians as part of its social responsibility to people and the benefitting communities.”
In his speech, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Dr. Samuel Ortom who was the spe cial guest at the ceremony, urged the various religious groups in the country to always uphold the tenets of religious tolerance and harmony, which he said was key to checking the security challenge facing the country.
Represented by his wife, Mrs. Eunice Ortom, the minister said, “our country is today faced with a lingering security challenge which is a strange phenomenon in our body polity; while government strives hard to check the menace, I urge religious groups in the country to eschew those tenets that tend to divide our people along religious and social lines. I would also implore other churches that do not reach out to the people to emulate Christ Embassy.”