Thursday, May 19, 2022, will not be forgotten in a hurry by widows in Umunede, Ika North East Local Governnent Area of Delta state, as over 300 of them, who were invited to the usual outreach programme of Prophet Joseph Igbodo, Founder of the Divine Faith Evangelical Mission International, Agbor, had every reason to be happy.
Believers Gospel Church, Ile Quarters, Umunede, was the venue of the programme, where Prophet Igbodo preached undiluted word of God to the widows and distributed food items, including rice, Indomie noddles, salt, biscuits, fruit juice packs and toiletries to them.
In an exhaltation, the Prophet said God loved widows and orphans in a special way and encouraged the women not to be weighed down by the death of their bread winners, as God was there to protect and provide for them.
He told the widows to abhor sinful acts and idolatry, which could attract the wrath of God, urging them to keep a distance from false prophets and fake pastors who would want to take advantage of their vulnerability.
The renowned clergyman reminded the women that they owed it as a duty to raise their children educationally and morally in the fear of God, and condemned the maltreatment meted to widows by some families of their late husbands, which he said dehumanized and made them vulnerable in the society.
While not exonerating some of the widows from being responsible for the death of their husbands, Prophet Igbodo cautioned men to abstain from extramarital affairs, which could engender several consequences, leading to untimely death, adding that they should regularly monitor their health status while pursuing the things of life.
He prayed for forgiveness for those who had hand in the death of their husbands and charged them to repent of their evil ways and be reconciled with God, just as he appealed to the families of the widows’ late husbands to show them love and care and not deny them access to their husbands’ property.
Prophet Igbodo, who is also the Proprietor of Job’s Orphanage and Saint Stephen’s Trust Widows’ Home, Agbor, urged grown up children who had lost their fathers to take care of their mothers who took pains to bring them up, as many were known to have abandoned their mothers on the assumption that they were witches.
He urged public spirited individuals and organisations, who would want to identify with his Ministry, Job’s Orphanage and or the Widows’ Home, to call 08037453147, assuring that any donation made was for the advancement of the work of God.