COVID-19 LOCKDOWN: Pastor donates food items, cash to church members
By Gabriel Chy Alonta
The pastor of Rhema Deliverance Mission, Awka, Dr. Amaechi Nwachukwu, has donated bags of rice, bottles of vegetable oil and cash gifts to members of the church to help mitigate the harsh impact of government’s order to stay at home in order to curb the spread of COVID-19.
It was gathered that members of the church, Friday, thronged to the church premises, after Nwachukwu announced on the church’s Facebook handle, inviting members to come for food items in the church.
The pastor said that the reason for the gesture was to ensure that members stayed well, even as they stay at home. “The support will be given in families. We shall observe social distancing and hand sanitizing. Everybody should not come at the same time. May God keep us alive to declare his good works in the land in the land of the living. Amen.”
Meanwhile, the disbursement which took place last Friday and snowballed into Saturday as members jettisoned the appeal for social distancing and besieged the church for the food items. This paper reports that members went home with two bags of 5kg rice, a bottle of vegetable oil and cash gift of N1, 000.
Members of the church praised the pastor for his magnanimity, while also stating that he has proven that the church is not only a place to donate, but has shown that the church cares for its members too.
“He is the new pastor here, and has not even been two weeks he started pastoring the church before this Coronavirus broke out, forcing us all to stay at home. We thank him because he wants his members to stay alive and see the end of this scourge, and be alive to praise God again,” a member added.
Another member of the church, Joe Chikidi, said that what was heartwarming was that the items ended up being distributed to all, even none members of the church, as the pastor refused to discriminate in the process of giving out the items.