A church, Givers Embassy which has the aim of not collecting tithes and offerings from members has been established in Abuja.
Elanza News gathered that Givers Embassy will be holding two services every Sunday and has tagged the afternoon programme, ‘business and investment service.’
Our correspondent reports that the maiden church service had a former presidential adviser, Dr. Sarah Jibrin in attendance where Widows were given forms to fill under a project called, “Father A Child.”
Widows who filled the forms will start receiving N20,000 every month starting from August, it was gathered.
“The problem of our society is greed. It’s not Boko Haram, it’s not Biafra. If we can solve the problem of greed in Nigeria, we will be better for it,” the pastor of the newly established church, Edward Olutoke said shortly after the first church service.
“In Nigeria, we don’t give back to the society. People who give back, gives peanuts. We don’t need to only feed the people who are in poverty, we need to give them life. Instead of giving them fish, we teach them how to catch the fish,” Olutoke said.
Speaking on why his church don’t collect tithes and offerings, Olutoke said the vision came from God.
“God told me that as the owner of the church who build and sustain the church asked me not to collect tithes and offerings. We are to help the needed. God said any member of the church who wants to touch other people’s lives can do it directly to the needed.”
“The holy spirit is leading us and we don’t want people to belief that they must bring offering to church before they are bless. No. If I give the offering in the church while a woman close to me is dying of hunger, what have I done? As a christian, I should not allow that woman to die. The God who created the woman won’t be happy with me if I packaged an offering to church while she is suffering,” the pastor said.
He called on christians to allow the holy spirit to lead them adding that, “People set up churches in the villages that don’t even have roads. They collect N100, N50 from them and take it to the city to people who are already rich. Something is definitely wrong because that community may not have water, electricity, good roads and other essential things that make life meaningful.”
“So, we are suppose to look at our environment. Let us learn to take care of our environment and that is what we do in Givers Embassy. If you want to be packing your tithes and offering directly to the poor, we don’t want to know, just do it.”
“This is not our project. It is God’s projects. We know that people make a lot of money in Nigeria. Some don’t even know how to help others. We will be reaching out to people who are doing well in Nigeria that can be giving widows N20, 000 every month.”
“I know over 500 people I have help who are doing very well in businesses. I’ve contacted some of them and on a monthly basis, as God is blessing them, some of them have taken the responsibility of given not less than five Women N20, 000 each every month. We have started with the first batch and as many that give, we will be expanding it to every community in Nigeria,” Olutoke said.
The pastor said apart from the morning services, they will be doing business and investment service in the evening of every Sunday to help in the empowerment of the widows and other Nigerians.
“We have state coordinators that will be training the Widows on how to do businesses from the the monthly N20,000 they will be receiving under the project father a child.”