By Sam EYOBOKA

Borno State PFN chairman, Pastor Haruna Maidoki entering his new car in front of the National Christian Centre, Abuja.

SEVERAL moments after the shock presentation of a car gift, the recipient and the Borno State branch chairman of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Pastor Haruna Maidoki who was just waiting for the appropriate moment to go to the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport en route the Borno State capital, Maiduguri became confused on the best means of transporta-tion for his return journey.

Pastor Maidoki had led a delegation from Borno State to the just concluded PFN 11th biennial confer-ence which held, for the first time in the history of the Fellowship in the North, but was scheduled to rush back on Friday to preside over that week-end’s edition of a weeklong interdenominational fasting and prayer session packaged by the churches to avert further sectarian killings in Borno State and in any part of the region. The theme of the program-me was; ‘Thy will be done on earth,’

At a point before the break period on that Friday, the National President of PFN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor had appealed to Christian leaders in the South to pray for their counterpatrts in the North who he said, had beern under siege due to no fault of their own.

He added that the Christ-ians in that region could do with an olive branch from the Church in the South, sayong that he had as an individual, reacvhed out to them, “but you know that the needs of the northern brethren are enormous and I appeal to Christians in the South to assist them to alleviate the pain, anguish, suffering and deprivation associated with the crises. Make sure you remember our brothers and sisters in the North.”

Oritsejafor explained that the suffering of the north-ern brethren is unthinka-ble and unbelievable, add-ing “when things happen my phones jam with peo-ple calling and sending me text messages. One fellow sent me an SMS without hus name and he said; ‘So, you have forsaken me.’ My heart was broken. Let us reach out to them because they are suffering over the-re.”

And as if in response to that appeal, the Rivers State PFN chairman, Apostle Zilly Aggrey, dur-ing the break invited the PFN president and a few other NAC members like Evangelist Umah Ukpai, Rev. Felix Omobude, PFN National General Secret-ary, Pastor Wale Adefarasin to the front of the National Christian Centre where he presented keys and docu-ments of a Toyota Camry car to his Borno State coun-terpart, Pastor Haruna Maidoki. The brief cere-mony was also witnessed by several other concern-ed Christians who exp-ressed gratitude to the donor.

The gesture took all the PFN leaders by surprise. While the PFN helmsman, who received the gift on behalf of the recepient, was shocked, there was no better way to describe the reaction of the Borno State PFN chairman who was transfixed and confused over whether to still go back by air or just take a cruise in the brand new car. Eventually, he settled for air while agreeing with one of the brothers to bring the car to Maiduguri.

Explaining the motivation for the gesture, the donor said he was moved by the extensive work Maidoki was doing in that very vast area, adding “it is some-thing that will enable him and his team to reach out to more of our people in that area.”

Describing Pastor Maidoki as a great leader, he said “it is only a great leader that stays at his duty post in times of crises. Leaders that are not great always abs-cond and leave the sheep, but he is always there taking care of the sheep in the midst of crisis. That is what motivated me.” He therefore urged Christian leaders across the nation to continue with brotherly love, saying “for us in the South here, we should be able to take up certain small responsi-bilities to encourage our brethren who are in those areas, where to preach the gospel is not just expen-sive, but sacrificial.”

Responding, Pastor Haru-na Madoiki said he was not expecting the car, “he only called me out and I was thinking, maybe he wanted to exchange greet-ings with me since he is one of the brothers in PFN, but to my greatest surprise, he led me outside and presented the car keys. I am completely surprised. He has shown that he has the heart of Christ and my gratitude goes to God who has used him and I believe that God will do much more beyond what he has done in all the area of his life and he will not regret what he has done for me today.”

Maidoki described the gesture as “an encourage-ment to me and all other men of God that we are not in the frontier of the gospel in vain. It will actually help, not in a small way, because you will know that serving Christ is not in vain. Secondly it will facilitate my movement in the course of the call of God upon my life and the responsibility of leader-ship that has fallen upon me.”

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