The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God International, Pastor E. A. Adeboye, based in Nigeria and in partnership with the African Mission, has donated several relief supplies to countries affected by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). The countries benefitting from the Pastoral gesture include Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea.
The items, including Ebola medical kits, sanitary items, rice and Ebola preventive tips, are all geared towards empowering congregational members of the church and affected communities to combat the spread of the deadly Ebola virus that has ravaged the West African Sub-region, with Liberia being the country most highly affected.
Making the presentation on behalf of Pastor Adeboye, the Redeemed Christian Church of God Liberia National Pastor, Olatunde Olugbenga, explained that the church General Overseer envisaged the suffering of the people of Liberia amidst the Ebola epidemic and decided to bring smile on their faces.
Pastor Olugbenga said the church has begun distribution of relief supplies to its 14,000 members across Liberia, with affiliates receiving 5kg bags of rice each, a set of Ebola medical kits, sanitation materials and Ebola preventive tips. Although the cost attached to the relief supplies was not disclosed, it is believed to have cost thousands of United States Dollars.
He said Pastor E.A. Adeboye donation was in line with his work for God, stressing that “the children of God need to live healthy and stay safe from the evil disease”. The Nigerian prelate said Pastor Adeboye is deeply concerned about the condition of Liberians in the wake of the Ebola virus that has taken the lives of many in the country, including nurses and doctors.
When quizzed by journalists with regards to the timeliness of the donation, given the reduction of confirmed and suspected Ebola cases in Liberia, Pastor Olugbenga noted that the church had several consultations before making the donation and that reaching out to the people of Liberia is the sole desired of the General Overseer, Pastor E. A. Adeboye.
He then called on congregational members to continue the preventive measures as put in place by the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and also World Health Organization (WHO); adding that they should shun physical contact with sick people and to also avoid touching people while casting out demons during prayers.
He disclosed that the Ebola virus is devilish and is meant to destroy the people of God, but it was time for God’s people to wake up and defeat the virus. “This virus is devilish because God cannot use such a virus to kill his own people; as children of God we must rise up to overcome this disease,” Pastor Olugbenga concluded.
Congregational members lauded the church General Overseer, Pastor E.A. Adeboye, for the donation.