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Charity: Catholic Bishop of Shendam Diocese donates 15 Wheelchairs to physically challenged



Catholic Bishop of Shendam Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Philip Davou Dung and the Beneficiaries

In an act of compassion the Catholic Bishop of Shendam Diocese, Most Rev. Dr Philip Davou Dung has donated 15 wheelchairs to the physically challenged persons in the diocese to facilitate their mobility.

The Bishop while presenting the wheelchairs to the beneficiaries at the Divine Mercy Catholic Hospital Luuwokur Total Shendam said the gesture was to ameliorate the plight of the beneficiaries as part of Church’s work of charity and commitment to better the lives of the physically- challenged in the diocese and to give them a sense of belonging.

He appreciated the intercessory role of blessed Mother Mary as we celebrate her birthday and he advised the beneficiaries not to be discouraged by their physical challenges but be focused and determined to achieve their goals in life.

The sister in charge of Divine Mercy Hospital Sr Bernadette Duru OP, in her remarks, lauded the Bishop for putting smiles on the faces of the beneficiaries and pray God to continue to bless the diocese of Shendam.

Also Speaking, the JDPC Coordinator Rev Fr Silvanus Ali, said since the inception of the Diocese, the church had worked with several partners at the state, national and global levels toward the inclusion of people with disabilities in its programmes, that the Muslims and other Christian denominations have always enjoyed the generosity of the Catholic Church.

The representative of the CAN chairman Shendam Local Government Mr Mathias Dajan thanked the church in Shendam for this kind gesture.

The JNI chairman of Shendam Local Government represented by the Secretary, Alhaji Sarajo Babayo also commended the Bishop for rekindling the hope of the people with disabilities to live their dreams and calls for unity and peace.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr Yohana Paishol thanked the Bishop for donating the wheelchairs to them.

The beneficiaries were drawn from Kwande, Langtang, Shendam and Kwa, deanaries, two Muslim from Shendam and Wase and two members from other christian denominations.

The beneficiaries, who before the gifts had faced challenges moving from one place to the other, could not hide their joy, while others were overwhelmed with emotions as they broke down shedding tears of joy in the process.

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Daniel Okoh is the New CAN President



New CAN President, Rev Daniel Okoh


Rev. Daniel Okoh is now the new president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN).

The announcement is contained in a statement made available to Newsblast in Abuja by the CAN General Secretary, Mr. Joseph Daramola.

Okoh is the General Superintendent of Christ Holy Church, also called Nation Builders (Odozi-Obodo).

The Christian body comprises five blocs: Christian Council of Nigeria (CCN); Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN); Christian Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (CPFN)/Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN); Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC); TEKAN and ECWA Fellowship.

The umbrella Christian body in Nigeria is scheduled to hold its General Assembly today Wednesday ,July 27, which will usher in the new administration.

The assembly also marks the end of the tenure of His Eminence Samson Olusupo-Ayokunle and other members of the National Executives in his team.

The outgoing CAN president thanked all Nigerians for their support and prayers, which he said led to his successful tenure.

Today, CAN’s pre-assembly, symposium and NEC meeting will begin, while the general assembly, sent-forth service and dinner will hold tomorrow.

The handover ceremony and beginning of a new regime will take place this coming Friday July 29.

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Legendary South African Gospel Singer, Pastor Lionel Peterson Has Passed Into Glory



Lionel Petersen


Legendary South African gospel singer and Pastor Lionel Peterson has passed on to glory at 74, following undisclosed health issues.

The gospel singer passed on to glory on Thursday the 14th of July. SelahAfrik had reported on “Peace(Jehovah Knows)” crooner health issues in 2017, reporting that he needs assistance.

This was after the post made by Producer, Wilson Joel  aka, Music Magnate.

The late gospel singer, also served as a pastor at Rhema Church. He was popularly known for his Folk gospel music.

He became a pastor while performing Gospel music at the church due to his commitment to his religion and music.

His first single “Come Back Liza” received an award in South Africa..

Lionel Peterson who was in a band named Thunderballs and later joined a unique group named The Miracles in 1969. He also joined a Soweto group as he later joined the Rhema Church, where he recorded many of his songs and album.

Lionel has stopped performing since 2016, when his health deteriorated.

Although the cause of death has not been revealed by his family or friends, As Lionel Peterson dies, he leaves behind a musical legacy that will be remembered for years to come.

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Easter: Kumuyi preaches righteousness, peace, patriotism



Pastor William Kumuyi


The General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church, Pastor William Kumuyi, has advised Nigerians to shun vices and embrace righteousness, which the event represents.

Delivering his Easter message, themed “Risen with Christ,” the cleric urged that the significance of the celebration must be internalised through renewal of lives.

“As the power of resurrection comes upon your life, it comes with renewal.

“The renewal is not limited to individuals, but available for the nation of Nigeria, continent of Africa, Asia, America, Europe and others

“Such renewal has the capability to affect your mind, heart, energy, vision, conscience, among others.”

In the same vein Pastor Adonri Osaretin of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Spring Forth Zonal Headquarters,  Lugbe, Abuja has urged Nigerians not to give up as God has not finished with them.

Osaretin gave the advice at the RCCG Spring Forth Easter Music Concert titled; “The Galilee Experience”.
He explained that the Galilee experience was what happened to Apostle Peter, who had denied Jesus thrice during the Crucifixion.

He said that Apostle Peter returned to Galilee and he did not give up, he still waited on the Lord and returned to Him.

The cleric said that “the truth is that the time for waiting is a period that your faith and patience are put to test.

“Your reliance on the Almighty God must be total.
“Things may happen in the country as you don’t want, or expect but don’t give up.”

He acknowledged that it was good to give God thanks for all the good things “we have received”.

Osaretin urged Christians to believe in God and all His deeds with all their faith firmly in place, adding, “we are bound to have greater testimonies this Easter and beyond”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that various parishes made songs presentations as various Bible verses were read.



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