STILL in the spirit of the New Year, the General Overseer, Brethren Gathering Ministry,Bishop Ambassador Edith Elisha Ezenekwe has extended succour to about 1000 widows to assist them meet the prevailing economic challenges of the time.
Distributing the palliatives to the widows at Oko, in Orumba North Council Area, Anambra State, under the Bishop Foundation,the Gashen Family Foundation, the bishop handed out clothes, bags of rice, cash gifts and awarded scholarships to some indigent students.
Speaking while rendering help to the hopeless, the woman bishop, said that, “for over 10 years now, I have been doing this to better the welfare of the widows and other physically challenged persons in society.”
“Nothing gives me joy, peace and satisfaction like putting smiles on the faces of those who cannot pay me back”.
There is nothing that gives me joy like uplifting the down trodden, solving their problems and predicaments”.
She reiterated that God has lifted her up recalling that as a woman pastor, she was attacked by fellow Christians for being a woman pastor.
“When my ministry expanded and the venue was moved from my previous house at No. 5 Uba Street, Nkpor, to No. 10 Obosi Road, Nkpor, I experienced fully what the above statement signified”.
“Openly, a pentecostal pastor mounted microphones/speakers in front of our church with few of his colleagues and was enticing my members with words while criticising me, stating that a woman is not supposed to be a pastor and as such, they should leave me and join them”.
“It did not end there, many others rose up against me when my posters went viral and the only thing they had against me was that I am a woman and as such, not qualified to be called by God”.
“I never wanted to be a pastor. I refused the call to serve knowing that pastoral work has never been an easy task. My target of coming up to Onitsha was to trade and not for full time missionary work but little did I know that God had plans for me”.
She commended Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano, wife of Governor Willie Obiano for her foundation, Caring Family Enhancement (CAFÉ), which she said had made tremendous positive impact on the down- trodden and urged her not to relent even after her tenure in office.
She urged corporate bodies and good spirited individuals to emulate her gesture, adding that such people will never lack.