Church Facilities: Give them as isolation centres, Bakare pleads with churches
The Serving Overseer of Citadel Global Community Church formerly known as Latter Rain Assembly, Dr. Tunde Bakare has pleaded with churches to make their facilities available as isolation centres to covid-19 victims
He made the plea in an online broadcast today May 10 via the church’s social.media platform.
He said rather than criticize government, churches should make available their facilities to help in the care of victims of corona virus.
According to him, his church has taken a step in this direction. ‘two of our facilities in Ogun state have been handed over to the Ogun state government as isolation centres. I hope other churches will follow this example’ he said.
He likened the church to the inn that the Biblical good Samaritan took the man that was attacked on the highway by armed robbers to, saying the inn is the church while the attacked man is the sick world adding that the 2 denarri paid by the good Samaritan is the wage for 2000 years since a thousand years is a like a day before the Lord.
He said this covid-19 season is an opportunity for the Church to demonstrate the love of God to a sick world.
Bakare who prayed for health workers and those in the frontline combating the pandemic said the church should begin to strengthen its home fellowships and make itself relevant in the neighbourhoods rather than moaning over the lockdown of Church buildings.
He explained that the markets had to be opened because government can’t meet the food need of everyone pointing out that the Church is not the only religious body that is shut down.
He called on believers to take on the challenge of the season and spread the good news in their communities and offices recalling that the Church became stronger after the martyrdom of Stephen the first Christian martyr.
The Church writes further on its social media wall:
‘We, the Citadel Global Community Church (formerly, The Latter Rain Assembly, hereinafter called the CGCC) offer our heartfelt condolences to the grieving families who have lost loved ones as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. We pray that God will comfort and strengthen those left behind in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
‘Our community has held daily prayers across electronic channels to unite various households together in pleading for the mercies of God to triumph over judgement, and for Christ to heal the sick and shorten the scope and impact of this plague on Nigeria, and the nations of the earth.
‘Drawing inspiration from the parable of the Good Samaritan as told by our Lord Jesus Christ, the CGCC launched a campaign #IamMyBrothersKeeper to provide meal support to Lagosians irrespective of faith through the houses of our members. This campaign has already been launched and we encourage others to join us and do the same.
‘To further spread the mandate given by the Good Samaritan in the parable, the CGCC offers parts of our current Church facilities located at Plot 4 Akilo Road Ogba for the use of the Lagos State Government as an isolation Centre for the treatment of Covid-19 cases. The CGCC Medical Missions shall onboard LASG officials to ensure the best utilization of this space as an isolation centre.
‘We commend the Lagos State Government and well meaning individuals and corporate bodies for the spirited efforts at controlling the spread of this pandemic in Lagos and by extension in Nigeria. We pray for divine health, wisdom and energy for the leadership of Lagos State and frontline healthcare workers.
‘We continue to urge obedience to social distancing regulations by the people of Lagos and urge well meaning Nigerians to self organize and fund meal support initiatives to the less privileged members of our communities as part of #IamMyBrothersKeeper campaign.
‘May God extend mercy to Nigeria and the nations of the earth at this challenging time.’