By Emmanuel Egbuchinem
Over 300 widows at Owa-Oyibu, in Ika North-East Local Government Area of Delta State, on Saturday benefitted from the benevolence of Prophet Joseph Igbodo, when he visited and presented them with food items and toiletries.
Prophet Igbodo was received at the church auditorium of the Anglican Church, Owa-Oyibu, venue of the outreach by the widows who came from the various quarters of the community.
Presenting the items to the women, the renowned evangelist said they came from God through kind hearted individuals and organizations.
He appreciated the widows for attending the programme and thanked God for keeping them and their children alive in good health, just as he appreciated the Vicar and the leadership of the Anglican Church for the wonderful work they were doing in the community.
Prophet Igbodo, who is the proprietor of Job’s Orphanage and Saint Stephen’s Trust Widows’ Home, both in Agbor, also eulogized and appreciated the traditional ruler of Owa Kingdom, Dr. Emmanuel Efeizomor II, whom he described as a very good friend.
The Elect of God said his visit to Owa-Oyibu was in fulfillment of God’s injunction as written in the Bible book of James 1:27, adding that he was bound to visit the widows and orphans in their affliction, because they were very precious to God.
The Prophet disclosed that as widows they carried the blessings of God, which he had come to share from because any prayer they would pronounce on him must surely come to pass.
He further stated that the main reason for establishing the Widows Forum was to offer prayers to God for the widows and their children, pointing out that some persons would be selected as Coordinators for the area and urged the widows to be gathering at the Church hall for prayers every first day of the month.
Prophet Igbodo charged the widows to be fully committed to the service of God in order to enjoy His peace and blessings, emphasizing that God who is the husband of widows would comfortably take good care of them and their children.
The cleric spoke against idol worship and charged those of them engaged in it to renounce the practice and surrender their lives to God, promising to visit the idol worshippers to destroy their shrines and free them from the bondage of Satan.
He urged the widows to put their trust solely in God, assuring that He would never fail them, and used the opportunity to appeal to individuals and organisations who would want to identify with the Ministry, Orphanage or Widows’ Outreach Programme to call 08037452147
The highlight of the event was the selection of three young widows for empowerment by Prophet Joseph Igbodo, who requested the beneficiaries to look for stores which he will assist them in paying the rent and also provide them with goods worth over one hundred thousand naira each to enable them commence trading and take care of their children.
The lucky widows are Mrs. Blessing Goddy, Mrs. Ofuokwu Blessing and Mrs. Tina Aghaulor.
The event featured Praise/Worship and Prayer sessions.
Speaking on behalf of the widows, Mrs. Adaeke Ebeburue, Madam Katerine Mordi, Mrs. Romina Okoh and Mrs. Justina Sunday, thanked and appreciated Prophet Igbodo for coming to wipe away their tears by giving them food and prayed God to bless and prosper him.
The GO was accompanied on the visit by Pastor (Mrs.) N. Igbodo, Rev. Joseph Osayande, Pastor Austin Ikpegbu, Pastor Patrick Ojougboh, Pastor Favour Onyegwu, Pastor Williams, Pastor Sunday Usoni, Pastor Patrick Bassey, Pastor Peter Agidi, Pastor Ebite Chukwuka, Pastor Otekpen Humphrey, Evang. P. A. Enaruna, Pastor Amara Hezekiah, Pastor Augustine Asiwe, Pastor (Mrs.) Benjamin, Pastor (Mrs.) Joshua, ASP Godwin Obodo (Rtd), Prince Aliekwe, Mrs. Obayangbon and Brother Chuks Ossai.