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Emulate Anna, shun immorality, Cleric advises widows

Widows have been advised not to see their present situation as an opportunity to indulge in immorality .

Reverend Gabriel Ologun, gave the admonition at the annual celebration of Women of Valour, a programme organised by Chief (Mrs) Rachael Olufunke Olujohungbe at St Thomas’s Church Hall last Saturday in Akure.

About one hundred and fifty widows present at the gathering were given food items.
The man of God who represented the Vicar of St Thomas’s Anglican Church, Isinkan, Akure, Venerable Thompson Olu Akinboro, took his message from the book of Luke, Chapter 2 verses 36- 37, pointed out that Anna only lived with her husband for seven years before he died adding that she was so young at that time.

According to him, “She never used the opportunity to start sleeping with different men like some widows were found doing then, instead she devoted her time to the work and services of God. She served God with fasting and prayer night and day.”

He enjoined young widows to emulate Anna by surrendering themselves to prayers and fasting.

Also contributing, Reverend Ologun enjoined the old widows that the Lord have helped to train their children and whose children are now doing well in their places of work to assist in catering for the needs of the young widows.

The Cleric added that, since God had really helped them, they too can also be a blessing to the young widows and the elderly ones whose children are still struggling.

Cross section of widows singing at the event

He said there were some women who were too young to be widows, their children were still of school ages and some of them did not have anywhere to go to or anyone to run to, to nurture their children like they would have expected.

He therefore called on well-to-do widows and well meaning people in the society to rise up for the help of widows that have no children or whose children were still young to look after them together with the orphans and the vulnerable.

The Visioneer, Chief (Mrs) Rachael Olufunke Olujohungbe, in her words of encouragement urged them to embrace numbers of works to feed and train their children.

“That your husband is dead does not mean your children must not go to school and become great in life.

” Don’t rely on anyone that promised you heaven and earth when your husband died and don’t see anyone as your enemy. They also have their own responsibilities, instead, face your work and be committed to God who is the husband of the widows, don’t start patronising men.

” That is how I trained my children and because I know the plights of widows, hence the need for me to give out the token I have with a view to putting smiles on the faces of the widows and the vulnerable.”

Responding on behalf of the widows, Mrs. Fagbamila thanked Mrs Olujohungbe’s good gesture and prayed that God Almighty will continue to lift her up.

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