COVID-19 Lockdown: CAN Urges Christians To Show Practical Christianity By Opening Food Bank.
We give God the glory for the progress so far made in addressing this challenge of Covid-19.
On behalf of the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Kaduna state chapter, l wish to thank God Almighty for his protection, provision and the gift of life over his children in the state and the country at large.
The leadership of CAN in the state is not unmindful of what most members are going through during this time of COVID-19 lockdown. Though it is not easy but with obedience and strict observance of the laid down regulations of regular Staying at Home,washing of hands, avoiding large gatherings, ensuring social distancing and others as stipulated by the government and medical experts towards curbing the spread the virus,as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we would by God’s grace soon get out of this trying moment. As a body of Christ, we should be seen to be exhibiting high sense of discipline and maturity by complying with the laid down measures initiated by those in authority for our own survival.
While we remain obedience to constituted authority,we strongly employed us all to truly be our brothers’ keepers at this trying moment when many in our midst hardly have something to eat or feed their families. I therefore call on our Churches to please open Food Bank so that privileged members can bring food there to be shared to those who do not have so that they too will have something to eat.
This call is in obedience to scripture in Acts 4:32-35 where all the believers then were one in heart and mind, having everything in common and bringing from their blessings to the Church food bank so that there should be no one that is hungry.This spirit should be seen practically demonstrated in our lives, Churches and community at this critical time.Touching the lives of others no matter how little should not be neglected among us but we should help each other materially so that while praying and trusting God Almighty for divine healing and a permanent solution to mitigating this pandemic, our faith should be seen moving along with our works just as the Bible says Faith without works is death. It is selfish and ungodly to tell a hungry man to just pray without helping to care for his stomach.
Though the state government has given us two days every week to do our shopping, we should not forget that 90 per cent of our brethren cannot buy anything during those two days because they have nothing to go to the market to buy food with.This situation among our fellow brothers and sisters calls for serious reflection and the urgent need to take necessary steps to ameliorate the suffering of our beloved ones. We wish to appeal if it is possible for Individual to carry out this gesture from neighbor to neighbour. This gesture will make the world to see and appreciate how we are touching the lives of each other as each day goes by.
Though government at all levels are coming up with some measures to cushion the suffering Nigerians are going through, we should on our own take this help to go down to the real common people by ensuring every Nigerian has something to eat with his or her family during the duration of this lockdown.
It is alarming that in some parts of the country some people have started voicing their impatience to the reality of what they are passing through in life. We should not allow what we see or hear happening in other places come to our domain, in the spirit of togetherness, we should please endeavour to share the very little we have with one another believing that God loves a cheerful giver and has so many ways to bless the giver in return.
As we faithfully pray and obey all laid down rules guiding us on how to overcome the Coronavirus pandemic, we should not forget to pray for our medical workers and government for God’s direction, wisdom and understanding of how to successfully go about handling Nigerians on how to overcome the pandemic that has come the way of man so that together we shall overcome and have a story to tell tomorrow.
I strongly count on everyone and the Church to play our roles effectively and prayerfully through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we shall, God’s willing, overcome and return glory unto the Lord for His love and mercies to man at all times. Let’s keep the faith with practical demonstrations to one another, the good Lord will definitely see us through.
Rev. John Joseph Hayab,
Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Kaduna state chapter