By Mary Agidi
As part of the annual social responsibility programme of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter days Saints where humanitarian services are rendered to the vulnerable ones, members of the church in Akure at the weekend visited the children home Oba-ile to beautify the compound and the hostels.
The programme tagged, ‘Mormon Helping Hands’ featured both young and old, males and females painting the walls of the two hostels of the home, cutting of grass and cleaning of the inner and outer parts of the home.
Speaking with The Hope during the exercise, Mr Frank Okorie the first Counselor of Ibadan Mission Presidency of the church said the exercise is in line with what Jesus preached in the Bible to help the needy.
“We think we can give back to the community, help out with projects and that is why we choose this particular home to do a lot of painting and decorations, making the place conducive for the children to stay”, he said.
According to him, the church, which has been in existence since 1830 has been embarking on the Mormon Helping Hands programme about 15 years ago in Nigeria on where they feel people need help.
Also speaking, Mr Oyewole Osoro the first Counselor to the district president of Akure district, noted that the Mormon Helping Hands programme is being carried out across the West Africa countries on the same day.
He noted that the Mormon Helping Hands programme is to preach the gospel at the same time show love by rendering humanitarian services.
Speaking on behalf of the Home, Master Temitope Richard, the Second in Command to the administrative officer of the home lauded the initiative and appealed to other churches to emulate such.
A female member of the church, Miss Kehinde Olusoga said the All African service project of the church entails that members of the church come out to give service to the community in which they are located irrespective of their status, hence the reason for women’s participation in the painting exercise.