By Sam Eyoboka
AS primary and secondary schools resume for the 2016/2017 academic calendar, Senior Pastor, Daystar Christian Centre, Lagos, Pastor Sam Adeyemi, has said the value of any church is measured by its impact on the society where it exists and not the size of its cathedrals.
Pastor Adeyemi stated this, weekend, when the church gave out school materials to various pupils and students across the state as they prepared to resume for the new academic session. He said: “As a church, we believe and practice the teaching of Christ of being responsible to the society where we live. We noticed the gap and a unit in our church started it over seven years ago and it has since become an annual event for us.
“This year, we decentralized around six various locations like Idimu, Agege, Ikorodu, Lekki, Badagry and Oregun, all in Lagos so that people can benefit. We are doing 20,000 children this year and the reports getting to me show the pupils and their parents are happy. What is the value of a church if it can’t contribute to the society?”
Pastor Adeyemi said government was trying its best, but urged other church leaders to support government in dealing with the societal issues, particularly the educational challenges. He noted that the country needs to be deliberate in taking care of the most vulnerable people as such portends dangers ahead. The cleric charged government officials, at all levels, to maximize the opportunity to create lasting positive impressions.
“Leadership is a phenomenal opportunity. Selfishness and leadership don’t go together. It is sacrifice that makes the best of a leader’s opportunity. I want to encourage our leaders to pay more attention to these younger lives because they are our tomorrow as a nation.”
Head of the church’s benevolence unit, Mr. Akinwande Ademosu, said “the passion behind the programme annually is tied to the commitment of the church to raise the next generation of leaders.” We are committed to seeing transformation in the true sense of it not just in words.”
“This massive expense is solely powered by the church without any agency’s support. However, we are opened going forward to such so we can touch more lives in the society. It is about the people not the church.”