REV BOLANTA OF RESTORATION MINISTRIES’ FOOD BANK FEEDS OVER 400 LESS PRIVILEGED FAMILIES WEEKLY CONSISTENTLY FOR OVER 4 YEARS IN KADUNA
*I have been a widow for 20 years. Every week I collect food stuff and me and my children eat. The Church has wiped my tears!”
-Mrs Agnes Godwin (A widow for 20 years, beneficiary)
*I was having high blood pressure, but the pastor Tunde Bolanta prayed for me it is gone and the pastor is always giving us foodstuff every Sunday. The food bank helps a lot. If all churches do this a lot will change.”
-Mrs Mary Paul (A widow, beneficiary)
The General Overseer of Restoration Bible Church and Ministries International, Reverend Tunde Bolanta, has consistently fed no fewer than 400 less privilege families weekly for 4 years and still counting through the scheme tagged, Restoration Ministries Food Bank, Barrister (Mrs) Obehi Ehizogie asserts.
The Barrister discloses this when fielding questions from newsmen whose attention were attracted to the point of distribution as people queued in orderly manner receiving packages of raw food. The newsmen had attended this year’s annual convention of the church, tagged “Celebration 2020”, which begins from November 1 and will run to 8 with the theme, “Arise & Shine” at Restoration Drive, Romi New Extension, Kaduna.
Barrister (Mrs) Obehi Ehizogie, the Coordinator of the Restoration Ministries Food Bank explains that the scheme is targeted at ensuring that the needy are catered for, the hungry are fed and the broken hearted are comforted both physically and spiritually according to Biblical injunction.
“The programme is called Restoration Food Bank to meet the needs of the needy around and has been running consistently since 2016. Reverend Bolanta has been making funds available for the food.
“He has been doing it even before COVID-19 and even during the pandemic, he sustained it,” she says.
Barrister Ehizogie who has been a member of the church for 20 years adds, “the gesture is in line with the scripture, that encourages Christians to reach out to the needy.
“Due to economic hardship, cost of a bag of rice has gone up which makes it more difficult to purchase. But God is still helping the pastor to keep it going.
“We also share macaroni, spaghetti, and other items. There are times we share eggs, some other times fish,” she emphasises.
Speaking further, she confirms that the items are distributed every Sunday.
“We have the names and addresses of all beneficiaries and still use it as contact to reach out to them for evangelism,” she adds.
She uses the opportunity to appeal to other public spirited individuals and churches to reach out by giving to the needy to reduce poverty in the country.
Also speaking to newsmen, a beneficiary, Akor Emmanuel, thanks Pastor Bolanta for the gesture.
“We are here to collect food from the food bank. It goes to over 300 people. It happens every week. I want to thank Pastor Bolanta for the gesture,” he says.
Also speaking, Friday Godwin calls on other churches to emulate the gesture.
In her remarks, Suzie Sunday simply says, “The food helps a lot.”
A widow, Mrs Mary Paul, who communicates with our reporters in Pidgin English says that besides the foodstuff, she has been experiencing better health since she started fellowshiping at Restoration Ministries.
“We thank God and the pastor. I was having high blood pressure, but he started praying for us, it is gone and the pastor is always giving us foodstuff every Sunday.
“The food bank helps a lot. If all churches do this a lot will change,” she adds.
Another widow, Agnes Godwin who also spoke in Pidgin English says she lost her husband 20 years ago, but her tears have been wiped by the church.
“Since I started coming to this church, I have rest of mind.
“I have been a widow for 20 years. Every week I collect food stuff and me and my children eat. The Church has wiped my tears,” she adds.
She however, prayed to God to provide jobs for her children, so that they can lead better lives.
“May God bless the pastor,” she concludes.
The General Overseer of the ministry, Restoration Bible Church and Ministries International, Reverend Tunde Bolanta, also affirms that no fewer than 400 families benefit from the weekly foodstuff distributed to the needy in the society.
He revealed this when fielding questions from newsmen on the sideline of this 2020 annual convention of the church
According to him, “beneficiaries are not just members of the church, but those who indicated interests to benefit from the gesture.
“The Church also engages in other humanitarian services to the society irrespective of their religion” (Christians, Muslims or whatever religion). These include but not limited to both free and highly subsidised medical intervention, surgery, reaching out to the Displaced Persons, serving the community through vocational training, school and running an orphanage.
“Apart from preaching and praying, these are also part of what God is using us to do to show His love to the society practically,” Dr Bolanta concludes