Arch Bishop, Niger province distributes food to 100 parishes in Anambra
Paulinus Onah :
Awka, April 22, 2020 (MOI) Not less than 100 parishes on April 21 received some food items from the Archbishop, Province of the Niger and Anglican Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Alexander Ibezim.
The palliatives were to help certain grades of parishioners in cushioning the effects of lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic on parishes in Awka Diocese.
The items include 100,000 bags of rice, cartoons of noodles, cartons of biscuits, hand sanitisers and tubers of yam.
The items were to compliment those distributed earlier to alleviate the plight of the poor in the dioceses.
The distribution of the items through the Archdeacons in the 17 Archdeaconry in Awka Diocese at Emmaus House, was to ensure that the items were equitably handed out.
Bishop Ibezim explained that the pandemic caused a lot of hardships to people, especially the downtrodden, saying that the gesture was to keep faith and to show love to the flock.
He re-assured that their plight would not remain forever.
The bishop urged the parishes to work together as it was a time for churches to show their relevance to the followers, while the affluent should use their wealth to help to the poor.
He, then, commended the Women Ministry, headed by his wife, Mrs Martha Ibezim, the Knights of the Church and others, who donated the items to cushion the hardships occasioned by the pandemic.
Chairman, Diocesan Clergy Association and Archdeacon, Ichida Archdeaconry, Ven. David Monanu said that the relief items would be a source of encouragement to their members.
``Many are suffering in a moment like this, because the Coronavirus induced `sit- at-home’ has exposed many to untold hardships,’’ Ven. Monanu said.
He commended the Archbishop and wife for their kind gesture, which he said would go a long way in putting smiles on many faces and reduce hunger in many. (MOI)