About nine widows, including some deserving members of the church smiled home with bumper rewards last Sunday, when the senior pastor of the Word and Spirit Assembly church, Satellite Town, Lagos, Dr. Chris Eke, blessed them with both material and financial gifts in the spirit of reaching out to the poor.
The event was the 5th edition of the church yearly traditional Sunday, and it was one to remember.
Held at the church’s auditorium, the event featured fashion show, breaking of kola nuts, cultural dances and praise worship. It was part of activities marking the end of the church’s family month tagged “Traditional Sunday.”
According to pastor Eke, the essence of the celebration was to reunite the congregation with their roots. The stylish pastor believes that there is nothing wrong with a Christian participating in traditions and cultures that are not fetish, demonic or superstitious.
Dressed in traditional attire alongside his amiable wife, Chioma, pastor Eke posited that celebrating the people’s cultural heritage in the church is not as demonic as many have perceived it to be. The colourful event was spiced with cultural performances, praise and worships led by Evangelist Dan Ike alongside Oluchi Gold.
The elated members dressed in their different traditional outfits, depicting their roots and worshipping God in different ethnic languages and tongues.
It was a celebration of the people’s culture in the house of God. The experience was awesome and would surely remain evergreen in the minds of the excited congregation.
But beyond the razzmatazz, the highpoint of the event was a traditional fashion parade, which saw the winners in the different categories: men, women, youths and children walking away with prizes ranging from bags of rice, bags of beans, tubers of yams, gallons of oil, cartons of noodles and spaghetti, live chickens, household provisions like Tins of milk, Milo, tomatoes among others.
To cap it all, the pastor splashed various gifts, including cash of N25,000 each on the nine widows who attended the service to uplift their living standards.
The ecstatic recipients literally rolled on the floor in tears of joy, expressing gratitude for the unexpected gesture. One of the recipients, who was uncontrollable in her expression of joy, prayed ceaselessly for the man of God.
However, speaking after the event, pastor Eke said the gesture was in line with his vision of reaching out to the poor and needy in the church of God.