By Sam Eyoboka
TO mark this year’s World Evangelism Day or Global Outreach Day is a day set aside for every believer to share the gospel on the last Saturday of May each year, the Word of Life Bible Church, Warri announced the award of scholarship to 184 indigent students in Warri and its environs.
The vision of the Global Outreach Day, (G.O.D) is to mobilize Christians in over 200 nations to bring the Gospel to everyone, everywhere – whether online and on the streets, to the neighbors. Effective evangelism, according to the immediate past National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, is taking the initiative to share the gospel by the power of the Holy Spirit with inspiration from Matthew 25:35-40.
The passage says: “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:….” Oritsejafor who was dragged into CAN politics because of his philanthropy, stated.
Over the years, he has condemned wastefulness and encouraged giving back to the society, regardless of religion or race. He and his wife, Pastor (Mrs.) Helen Oritsejafor have offered scholarships to indigent students in various tertiary, secondary and elementary institutions both within and outside Nigeria irrespective of tribe or denomination.
The benevolence programme is in keeping with the core value of the Word of Life Bible Church which places high premium on salvation, repentance, holiness, deliverance, and empower-ment of the less privileged through social responsibility programmers.
A statement from the office of the Eagle Hand International Foundation (EHIF) made available to Sunday Vanguard by the project manager, Mrs. Oreva Usolo at the ongoing Making the announce-ment during the ongoing monthly
According to the statement the awardees are two batches; 100 candidates were selected from indigent members of the church seeking admission to tertiary schools in the country or those already in schools but are having difficulty in paying their school fees.
The remaining 84 candidates were randomly picked from six different markets in Warri and its environments during evangelical crusades in such markets by the martriach of the Word of Life Bible Church, Pastor (Mrs.) Helen Oritsejafor.
A breakdown of the second batch mainly primary school children who had accompanied their mothers to the market, for one reason or the other, include 50 children from nearby Ajamimogha Meat Market and seven from Ugbuwague Market.
Others include seven indigent children picked from Ekurede Itsekiri Market, seven from Ekurede Urhobo, five from Boloko Market and eight from Milla Waterside.
Over the years, Papa Ayo and Mama Helen Oritsejafor through the Eagle Hand International Foundation, EHIF, have offered scholarships to over 700 indigent students in various tertiary, secondary and elementary institutions both within and outside Nigeria irrespective of tribe or denomination.