Bayelsa Times

Cleric tasks widows on children’s education, moral upbringing

The Founder of the Divine Faith Evangelical Mission International, Prophet Joseph Igbodo has advised widows that they owe it as a duty to raise their children educationally and morally in the fear of God.
Igbodo through his monthly outreach programme, which was took place at Believers Gospel Church, Ile Quarters, Umunede, in Ika North East Local Governnent Area of Delta, said that this was the best legacy the windows could leave for their children.
The clergyman who condemned the maltreatment meted on widows by some families of their late husbands,  said the act was dehumanizing and made them vulnerable in the society.

He however said that God loved widows and orphans in a special way and encouraged the women not to be weighed down by the death of their bread winners, as God was there to protect and provide for them.

Igbodo advised the widows to abhor sinful acts and idolatry, which could attract the wrath of God.

He also advised them to keep a distance from false prophets and fake pastors who would want to take advantage of their vulnerability.

Igbodo who did not exonerate some of the widows from being responsible for the death of their husbands, cautioned men to abstain from extramarital affairs, which could engender several consequences, leading to untimely death.

He advised them on regular check of their health status while pursuing the things of life.

The clergyman prayed for forgiveness for those who had hand in the death of their husbands and charged them to repent of their evil ways and be reconciled with God.

Igbodo appealed to the families of the widows’ late husbands to show them love and care and not deny them access to their husbands’ property.

Prophet Igbodo, who is also the Proprietor of Job’s Orphanage and Saint Stephen’s Trust Widows’ Home, Agbor, urged grown up children who had lost their fathers to take care of their mothers who took pains to bring them up, as many were known to have abandoned their mothers on the assum

Meanwhile, more than 300 widows who were invited to the monthly outreach programme had every reason to smile home as the clergyman distributed food items, including rice, Indomie noddles, salt, biscuits, fruit juice packs and toiletries to them.

He urged public spirited individuals and organisations, who would want to identify with his Ministry, Job’s Orphanage and or the Widows’ Home, to call 08037453147, assuring that any donation made was for the advancement of the work of God.

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