By Smile Igbekele
The best thing a person can do in his or her life time is to build a worship centre for God, the Prelate, Methodist Church Nigeria, His Eminence, Dr. Samuel C.K Uche (JP) has asserted.
The Prelate made this assertion in a sermon he delivered at the service preceding the foundation laying ceremony of a new ultra modern church, at Wesley Methodist Church, Ode Aye, Ondo State on Friday.
The construction of the church estimated at about three billion naira (real figure not given) and expected to be completed in six months is at the instance of a Lagos based couple, Sir. and Mrs. Seinde Oladapo Fadeni.
Uche observed that if members of the congregation should donate cash to build the church, no member will pay less than fifty thousand naira.
“When completed, this church will forever encourage members to come and worship
“I know that this couple are not the only people who have money in this town. What are the rest people doing, why do parents not encourage their children to come and develop their town,?” he queried.
He prayed for the couple for long life and prosperity, adding that those willing but do not have would be blessed by God.
Mrs. Ebunola Fadeni who represented her husband at the ceremony said: “We thank God for giving us the grace to build a church for Him. We thank Him for counting us worthy to do just this and more in the future.
“By His grace, the project will be completed in a period of six months,” she confirmed.
The Baba Ijo, Wesley Methodist Church, Ode Aye, Sir (Chief) Moses O. Akinmade in his welcome address traced the genesis of the gesture to the thanksgiving service during his seventieth birthday in present church in year 2015.
“At my birthday thanksgiving service in 2015, during the course of raising funds for the building of conveniences for our ministers, Sir Fadeni was touched and moved by the spirit of God to announce the goodness in building a new church that we can bequeath to our children just as our fathers bequeathed the present one to us.
“He subsequently released some funds to the church for this project, and here we are today, the foundation laying ceremony,” he informed.
He added that Sir Fadeni has engaged in a lot of humanitarian services silently to the community, young and old especially indigent persons in the town and beyond which have impacted positively on them and the community.
Akinmade expressed gratitude to the conference of Methodist in Nigeria and the prelate for approving the construction of the church as well as the time spared for the foundation laying ceremony by the latter.
“We pray that God, in His infinite mercy, will give you, all you require to accomplish the developmental plans and programmes you have enunciated for Methodist Church Nigeria, in Jesus name,” he prayed.