By Bose Adelaja
TO most staff and children of Hearts of Gold Children’s Hospice, Surulere and Heritage Homes Orphanage, Anthony both in Lagos, it was joy all the way when publisher of the popular daily devotion Our Daily Manna ODM, Pastor Chris Kwakpovwe took time out of his busy schedule to put smiles on the faces of the abandoned.
Kwakpovwe and his team visited the orphanages last weekend in celebration of his birthday and doled out food items and clothings for the abandoned children. Making the donations, the publisher encouraged Nigerians to create time to visit the homes no matter the situation. Speaking with Vanguard Metro shortly after the visit, he said the occasion was an avenue to give back to his immediate community.
“I felt I should give part of what God has given me to the less-privileged, I would have died about 10 years ago but God preserved my life. I discovered ODM on the day I ought to have committed suicide. Something just ministered to me to go out and bless those who were lonely or those who didn’t have a helper, this is just to pay back what I received from God,’’ he said.
Kwakpovwe said: ‘’The gift of life is from God and anybody can celebrate his or her birthday the way they want, but celebrating it with the abandoned portrays the love of God to mankind. Every birthday draws us nearer to the grave, so it must not be spent amidst vanity but be an avenue to say ‘thank you’ to God.
“By the grace of God, ODM is in over 55 countries, we have just started, we want to cover the world for Jesus Christ. I want to preach the gospel in White House; many people are suffering today, Europe is in crisis; about 50 per cent of our people are jobless, there is chaos everywhere. We want nations, Heads of State, senators, lawmakers and the likes to serve God.
‘’Nigerians should not lose faith in God, Boko-Haram should not divide us; above us, America was once like this but today, the citizens are enjoying. I see Nigeria becoming greater than America. The best is yet to come. The church should not preach politics but the word of God, President Goodluck Jonathan should look unto God, be truthful, focused, upright and sincere’’.
Responding, Funke Bankole of Hearts of Gold and Akinola Kola of Heritage Homes praised the gesture of the publisher and said the items would be used for the betterment of the children.