Well over 300 widows, as well as orphans across all the local council areas, were hosted to Christmas Joy party by God-the Rock of Ages Empowerment Foundation in Jos, where foodstuff were distributed to them.
While delivering her speech during the occasion in Jos, the Plateau State Coordinator, God-the Rock of Ages Empowerment Foundation, Lady Florence Hassan Abadom, encouraged all the widows to brace up and not to see their situation “as an end to your lives, but rather a challenge to do extra and continue to push on as life has for you in stock greater things”.
Abadam assured the widows that the challenges they passed through in bringing up the children will yield the desired results if they endured. “The hardship, frustration, disappointment, rejection and other issues related to widowhood are mere shadows because tomorrow is full of greater hope,” she assured.
She urged them not to fold their arms in this era of recession but work harder to better their lives and that of their children.
The septuagenarian Lady Abadam, a widow herself, was brought up by a widowed mother and had been doing the event in the past nine years.
“I do this once a year. What I am praying is let God talk to other people. I plead on people to give me so that I can put smile on the faces of widows,” she appealed.
Spiritual exhortations and health talks were held to help the widows cope during their trying times as well as refreshments and entertainment in the spirit of the season.
Some widows showered praises on the foundation and urged others to emulate their gesture.
Mary Louis Mokeo from Jos said the “men should emulate her footsteps” while praying for mummy, as they call her, to do it again.
“I want to thank God for giving her the strength. I really thank her and pray to God to give her more strength to do it again,” says Felicia Bako.
For Anna Gyang, since her husband passed away nine years ago, she hadn’t experienced such kind of love. “If there’s anything to say, it is thank God,” she concluded.