Residents of Ibafo community and its environ on Saturday March 16 trooped out en mass to Ibafo Community High School, Ago Igbala, Ogun State the venue of RCCG National Counselling Department Light Up Programme.

Tagged, Light Up Ibafo with the theme, ‘Wind of Change’, the programme aimed not only to eradicate darkness from the community, but also take care of the people physical needs.

Addressing the residents, National Coordinator of the Counseling Department, Pastor Ben Adewole Ajayeoba said salvation is the first step of empowerment noting that there is nothing anyone can do to succeed outside Christ.

Pastor Ben Ajayeoba

In his words “We are to take the light of Christ to every community; that is the great commission. The community of Ibafo here is so large and we believe that is why quite a number of people are still in darkness and we should light up the entire community with the light of Christ.”

The clergyman who also doubles as the Pastor in Charge of Lagos Province 36/APICR 11 noted that the programme was in accordance with the mandate of General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church, Pastor Enoch Adeboye. He also said the programme was to mark the annual evangelism weekend.

“Like our father in the Lord, Daddy G.O has launched the Christian Social Responsibility project, so we have brought to the city of Ibafo a lots of foodstuffs.

“We decided to use the programme in accordance with the mandate that Daddy G.O has given to us to bring the light of Christ to every community. We believe God is going to do a greater thing,” he added.

Medical professionals on ground conducted free medical examination and administered drugs to those who needed it as well as distribution of varieties of foodstuffs to attendees after the programme.

The people were sensitized on the need for healthy living and to speak out each time they are faced with health challenges that are beyond them.

A social health worker, Mrs. Olumi Josephine Titilayo, when asked what factors are being considered while bringing the drugs to the community, said that the environment is a key factor.

Pastor Toyin Olugbemi

She said: “Based on information when we are going for any medical outreach, we first of all consider the environment. The environment determines the type of illness we are going to treat there. We also look at it if it’s an environment that is porous to malaria, then we know that that type of environment will need treatment of malaria. We also consider the age of people living in the environment. If they are people who are in habit of not exercising their bodies, we will look at it that the people in that environment might be prone to hypertension. We also consider children in the environment that they might have low immunity.”

Some beneficiaries of the free medical examination while reminiscing on their experience expressed satisfaction at the level of professionalism exhibited by the medical teams.

According to Mr. Adesola Sunday, “attending the medical programme for the first time is nice, and all the test results explained to me is what a doctor at a private hospital have told me before. Even the drugs given to me here is what was initially prescribed for me to buy when I went to the hospital. And the organization is very nice.”

Mrs Olumi Titilayo

Another person named Eunice Adeleke stated that she was happy to have attended the light up because there are some things she didn’t know about her health that was revealed to her after she met with the medical experts.

“I am happy to be here because there are some things I didn’t know was wrong with me that was explained to me today. Though, I have been feeling some symptoms but didn’t know what it was. I was given some drugs that I should be using that it will make me to be okay. I pray for more strength for the organizers,” She said.

Eunice Adeleke

Pastor Toyin Olugbemi, Deputy Coordinator of National Counselling Department while reacting to the financial menace biting deep into the country appealed to other religious bodies to emulate what RCCG is doing.

Residents of Ibafo community during the Light UP

“We thank God for what the Redeemed Christian Church of God is doing worldwide. It is not only the counselling department that is doing it. The same thing is done in some Parishes, Area headquarters, Provinces and Regions. Some parishes are even doing the Christian Social Responsibilities every Sunday, giving food support to people. I appeal to other religious organizations to do same with what RCCG is doing,” he advised.

The Light Up was rounded off with a crusade in the evening.


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