By Olayinka Latona
In obedience to biblical injunction of lending a hand of fellowship to less privileged brothers in the society, the co-ordinator of Assemblies of God, Apapa district women ministry, Evangelist (Mrs.) Esther Olubunmi Ogunbola has explained reason for the establishment of a women empowerment initiative foundation, saying it was to bring succour to the hopeless in the society.
Speaking during the official inauguration/launching of the foundation as part of activities marking her 60th birthday, Evang. Ogunbola who doubles as the founder of the Apapa District Women Empowerment Initiative Foundation believes that the church should be the last hope of the poor in the society and for that reason the foundation was established to touch lives of the less privileged in the society.
Continuing, Ogunbola said the foundation is designed to bridge the poverty gap thr-ough the introduction of sound education and skill acquisition to the less privileged, stating that if the less privileged are not catered for by the few privileged, the society cannot be peaceful.
The woman of God disclosed that some church members especially widows’ children have benefited from the foundation’s scholarship scheme while others have received vocational training, stressing, “if the Church fails to touch lives of the less privileged in the society, it only makes mockery of them who preach prosperity and wealth.”
Highlighting objectives of the foundation, the president, Pastor (Mrs.) Nnoma Amae-fula said it was established basically to assist the poor, hoping that in 10 years time, the foundation will become a global one and set a standard for other foundations
As part of the foundation’s objectives, Amaefula confirmed that some children are already enjoying the foundation’s scholarship scheme and will continue to award scholarships to qualified less privileged in addition to building a motherless babies home and a vocational centre.
According to her, the empowerment initiative of the Apapa district women “is not founded for gratification purpose but basically human-centered; and we believe God that in a few years time we are going to build a motherless babies home for which the disctrict has already given us a piece of land.”
Worried by recent bomb blasts in parts of the country, Amaefula described the acts of vandalism as unfortunate, saying the perpetrators only want to obstruct the peaceful atmosphere in the nation and distract the president.
She, however, prayed that God will expose those behind the bombing, stating that churches should not relent in their prayers for the peace of Nigeria.
“We are worried but we are praying, because we know that the perpetrators are detractors who only want to distract the president. As a church, we are praying and we believe that God will expose and discipline those behind the bombing,” she said.