It was all jubilation as more than 3,000 elderly people, widows and the physically challenged in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, at the weekend benefitted from the goodwill of a Christian group, the Frontline Ministries International (FMI).
FMI under its Pioneer President, Apostle (Mrs.) Yinka John who also held a three-day evangelistic miracle crusade in Osogbo with the theme “The Mighty Hand of God” ensured that no one left the Union Baptist Church, Odi-Olowo where the empowerment programme took place empty handed.
Addressing the beneficiaries, Apostle John whose base was in the United Kingdom (UK) explained that similar events had been held by her ministries at Ede in Osun State and Ogbomoso in Oyo State.
She stated that it was God who put it in her heart “to help widows and those in desperate needs so that they can be able to take care of themselves and their families.
“It has been a burden on me to help deprived people. Even though, we may not be able to fully satisfy all what you desire but at least we will put smiles in your faces with these little,” the woman evangelist told the beneficiaries.
She later presented five sewing machines, five grinding machines and cash gifts to selected widows from Osogbo and Olorunda Local Governments and food items to over 3,000 aged, widows and disabled people.
Some of the beneficiaries who broke down in tears were encouraged by her to make maximum use of what they received by ensuring that they use them judiciously and profitably.
Apart from the gift items, selected ministers of God from the FMI also trained the recipients and other participants at the event on how to own their businesses, discover their spiritual gifts and manage their homes.
At the Crusade which was held in conjunction with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) at the Union Baptist Elementary School, Apostle John emphasized on the power of Jesus to bring salvation, hope, healing, deliverance and breakthrough.
Earlier, she had led her team to visit the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun and the State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye where she expressed her confidence in God’s ability to help the downtrodden in the state and her vision to assist people in discovering their potentials.
The Crusade Committee Chairman, Bishop Gabriel Adebayo who appreciated the committee put together for the success of the event in particular, the Osogbo Mass Choir and other guest artists thanked Apostle John, her husband and her team for their devotion to the service of the Lord, praised FMI for the support to the needy and prayed for continued sustenance of the programme.