By Nick Chibunna
A non-governmental organization(NGO) engaged in charity and social work, Atta Renaissance Club of Nigeria (ARC) last December, held two days of activities comprising church worship at All Saints Anglican Church, Umuonuocha, Atta in the Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State as well as a visit to the child care centre, Ngugo, in the same local government area.
In his sermon, the priest in charge of All Saints Anglican Church, Umuonuocha, Atta, Rev. Frederick Ubachukwu submitted that the birth of Jesus Christ, celebration of Christmas, was God’s greatest gift to mankind as it opened the gate to salvation.
The preacher described Christ as the true light, adding that anyone who receives him or walks with Him would never stumble.
He counseled that Christmas was not a time for criminality, ostentatious life styles and other vices, but a period when brethrens came together to appreciate the great things God has done.
Rev. Ubachukwu profusely thanked their guests for choosing to worship in their church, praying to God to supply all their needs.
The highpoint f the worship was a special thanksgiving at which appreciable sum of money was realized.
Addressing the congregation later, the President of the club, Hon. John Duruji, said that they came to honour God in appreciation of His sparing the lives of the members of the club in spite of challenges, in obedience to Psalm 50:14.
He disclosed that membership of the club cuts across all strata of human endeavour, including politics, religion and others.
At the Child Care Centre, Ngugo, members of the club were received by the Matron, Rev. Sister Scholastica Okoroafor who, while appreciating the club’s visit, enumerated the woes of the centre, financial constraints being the major hindrance.
She described the inmates as children of destiny who the centre is giving a lifeline to become what God wants them to be, appealing to public-spirited individuals and groups for assistance.
The club president, Hon. Duruji, described the situation at the centre as pathetic, calling on privileged individuals to come to the immediate rescue of the orphanage.
He described the inmates as special and urged people to always visit them “instead of going to the zoo to laugh with monkeys and chimpanzees”.
He added that the club’s visit was in line with the motto – “Service to humanity” as he enjoined the matron and other care-givers not to be discouraged.