The General Overseer of Resurrection Praise Ministries International for Africa, Archbishop Samson Mustapha Benjamin, recently in Lagos distributed food items, hand sanitizers and face masks to members of the local security agencies as well as the Muslim community in CBN learning center, Ar Rahman Central Mosque, Satellite Town Community Mosque, Ifelodun Community Mosque, Oluti area of Navy Town, Ogo Oluwa Mosque, Central Mosque Festac Branch and Ifelodun Central Mosque.
Archbishop Benjamin who distributed the palliatives in the state, noted that the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a challenging time when charity has to be done practically more than ever before. The Clergyman added that even though everyone is hit hard by the pandemic, some sections of the society are worst hit and even though it is not possible to reach out to all the people, it is very important to reach as many as possible even if with just a meal.
“It is a sad reality that we have come to stay with this pandemic that has turned life upside down especially for the less privileged sections of our society. Human life and value is put to the test , it now shows how fleeting and transient life is. This is a time, more than ever before, to show charity in a practical ways, no matter how little.
“My Church is reaching out to the poorest and most vulnerable in our parishes and everyone because we are practicing being our brothers keeper. We are also reaching out to our Muslim brothers and sisters through the Muslim Council, as well as those in the frontline such as security agencies and nurses. It is a sign that we live in solidarity. It is during such difficult times that we are called to put our faith to practical use”
He urged the people to “obey constituted authorities and imbibe good hygiene while practicing social distancing” while expressing confidence that the lessons to be drawn from the COVID-19 pandemic experience would help to make the nation stronger and better, if only the leaders would genuinely chose to chart a new and better course thereafter.
Some of the beneficiaries who spoke to our correspondent expressed gratitude for the gesture of the Church at the trying moment. Our Correspondent also reports that the foodstuff was shared to about five Muslim communities, while hand sanitizers and face masks were given to security agencies and other sections of the society.