The Christ Image Assembly (C.I.A), based in Lagos, carried out its annual Community Based Outreach (CBO) program, empowering over three thousand less privileged individuals in Jos, the Plateau State capital, with smiles on their faces. The event, held at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium Jos on Saturday, witnessed a diverse crowd of beneficiaries from various faiths receiving special gifts in preparation for the Christmas festivities.
Addressing the excited audience at the venue, Reverend Bode Orekoya, the Senior Pastor and General Overseer of Christ Image Assembly worldwide, emphasized the role of individuals in representing God on Earth. He stated, “God is not only God in Heaven, but God in Heaven and Earth and on the earth, He created men to represent Him.” The Pastor highlighted the importance of the Church in carrying out the will of God on Earth, expressing joy in fulfilling the commission to connect people to God and demonstrate His love through practical actions.
Orekoya further shared his belief in the universal love of God, asserting that the gesture was for everyone, irrespective of religious affiliation. He said, “God came for everybody, be it Muslim or Christian… God loves every mankind, and He wants every man to come to Him.”
Representing the Nigerian Evangelical Mission Association (NEMA) in Plateau State, David Okoye commended Christ Image Assembly for their compassion, noting the alignment of their actions with the teachings of Jesus. He quoted the biblical verse, “Since you did it to the least of His people, you have done it to Him,” emphasizing the demonstration of love witnessed at the event.
Providing insight into the extensive program, Evangelist Lekan Amusa, the International Director of Mission and Network for Christ Image Assembly, revealed that the initiative included counseling, ministering, and administering medical attention to over 25,000 people. The program culminated in the presentation of items, marking the 19th edition of the annual outreach.
The Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos, the State capital, became a scene of celebration as beneficiaries danced home with new wrappers, bags of rice, and other items. Expressing gratitude, beneficiaries like Aisha Yahaya Ahmed, Martha Aniha, and Samuel Dadung prayed for God’s continued blessings upon the Ministry, enabling them to extend their support to more less privileged individuals in the future.