. . . Receives Various Gift Items
By Chioma Ndife
Participants of 'A Day with Jesus' programme has vowed to intensify prayer for her sponsors, saying that their prayers had the ability of attracting more wealth and blessings to the donors.
They made the resolution recently after receiving a cow, 10 bags of rice, 2 bags of salt, a basket of onions, 5 cartoons of tomatoes, 5 cartoons of Dano milk, 5 cartoons of Power groundnut oil, 5 cartoons of Ovaltine malted food drink and about four thousand Naira each among other gifts items from the donors at SS Peter& Paul Parish, Isuofia, Anambra State.
Fides gathered that the programme being organized by SS Peter & Paul Parish, Isuofia, Aguata LGA, Anambra State was solely designed to assist the elderly with no source of income and other vulnerable persons in the parish.
Some of the participants who spoke to Fides during the distribution of the donated items commended the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Christopher Nonyelu, who was the brain behind the initiation of the programme, noting that some women had started small scale businesses with the fund which they monthly from the donors.
Speaking to Fides, a beneficiary of the programme, Mrs. Bernadette Okafor, expressed happiness over the kind gesture which the donors had been demonstrating towards others with limited resources in the parish. She prayed God to keep the donors alive and shower unlimited blessings upon them. She disclosed that the programme which started 6 months ago had been made better through the introduction of gifts items, saying that the participants had been receiving only money in previous months.
She maintained that the money which she had been receiving from the priest on monthly basis had assisted her greatly in meeting up with her family responsibility. She called on the organizers of the programmme to include others in the community who desire the type of help which they had been receiving.
On their part, a blind man, Mr. Lawrence Udechukwu who was represented by his unemployed daughter, Miss Ogechukwu Udechukwu and Mrs. Joy Nwafor, a widow with two adopted kids following the incident that claimed the lives of her biological children, while thanking the donors said that they were not expecting such quality and quantity of gift items, saying that their Christmas had been made worthwhile.
Also Speaking, the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Christopher Nonyelu revealed that the programme which was started with 50 persons had been increased to 90 persons. He maintained that the gift items which were donated by two parishioners were geared at assisting those who have less resources in order to make their Christmas celebration worthwhile. He said that the programme was solely designed for those who were facing life difficulties, saying that the parish was able to access those people through their various zonal leaders.
He noted that the programme had the primary aim of bringing indigent brothers and sisters in the parish together to seek the face of God for a change of situation. He said that the members meets once a month to say prayers, adore God, celebrate mass and eat together after which money meant for monthly upkeep would be given to such persons. He disclosed that unlike other months, various food items were distributed during the Christmas edition of the programme to ensure that the participants experience love and joy that comes with the season.
He said that the main aim of the programme was to share the financial blessings which some people have in abundance with the less privileged.