Churches in developing economies are stepping up on their role in Social Responsibility Actions. The Apapa Family of Parishes, which includes over a 1000 parishes in Nigeria, Europe and the USA, is part of The Redeemed Christian Church of God – one of the largest Pentecostal fellowship of Churches – and is making bold moves in Social Responsibility initiatives as it plans this Sunday 5th June 2011 a special Crusade which merges ideals of Social Responsibility and Holy Ghost Revival.
Pastor E.A. Adeboye will be ministering to hundreds of thousands at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos in Nigeria and over 50,000 hungry poor souls will be fed, clothed and helped to receive a perhaps more practical ministration – alongside the word of God which we pray ushers in a city wide Revival. The theme for the Crusade is “ Leading Change”
A Cancer Screening and Treatment Centre will also be opened as part of several initiatives in the Redeemed Christian Church of God which includes weekly feeding of the poor and hungry, free medical and other services and educational endowments and empowerment programmes for those who urgently need help to get back on their feet.
I John 3 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Nigerians – a people blessed with a thirst for God and wealthy natural resources – are praying, as President Jonathan is sworn in for a new four year term of leadership, for a revival that transforms the hearts of men to seek God afresh and see the healing of a nation which over the years has been plagued with mind-boggling corruption, inept leadership, weak governance institutions and an overwhelming decay in infrastructure.
Pastor Idowu Iluyomade the Pastor-in-Charge, speaking for the family of Parishes noted recently in the Punch Newspapers:
“Our main focus right now is Christian social responsibility because we believe that every organisation has an obligation to give back to the society and over the years, people know churches as organisations collect tithes and apart from some of the big orthodox churches that have done quite a lot in the society, Pentecostal churches, not many of them have been impacting on the society as such. So that is the thrust of the RCCG now, and particularly the Apapa Family. We believe that we should be involved in solving the social needs of the society and in that mode, sharing the love of Christ. So that is the heartbeat of the church right now. We believe that the church as change agent, should take the lead to sensitise and galvanise and challenge our nation’s spiritual, business and political leaders to be new champions of the new Nigeria. …
Through the years, through various programmes by the church, we have impacted various sectors of the society. We’ve done a lot of work in the education sector, but the major initiative is the cancer screening and treatment centre. From the statistics that we have, between 100 and 500 Nigerians are diagnosed every year with all manners of cancer and we believe that is one of the ways our church can contribute to complement what the government is doing. The government can’t do it all alone. The centre will be highly-subsidised and equipped with top of the range equipment. Right now, we have acquired a property in Surulere, it is being refurbished; the equipment are already in and we’re believing God that on June 5, Pastor Adeboye will dedicate the centre. It is going to be a full-fledged diagnostic centre and our plan is that wherever Apapa Family is represented in Nigeria, there will be each of these initiatives that we have started. “
On June 5, 2011, at the Apapa Family EXCEL Crusade in Tafawa Balewa Square, Pastor E.A. Adeboye will minister on the theme “Leading Change”. As other interest groups traditionally outdo themselves in fawning adulation and undeserved praise singing of status-quo, many observers are praying this leap will also be the advent of a new enlightened advocacy and better positioning for the church in Nigeria as a catalyst for improved governance, leadership accountability and social harmony even as a new chapter in a fledgling democracy unfolds.