It pays to serve and give to God, says Gov Ortom
He made this assertion on Saturday at St John’s Cathedral, Gboko, during a reception to mark the 60th birthday anniversary of Bishop William Avenya, the Bishop of Gboko Diocese.
Ortom disclosed that this life experienced a turning point in 2004 when, in accordance with the Gospel of Saint Luke, Chapter 6, Verse 38, he gave to God’s work.
“I donated vehicles and property to the work of God and since then, I have never lacked,” he said.
He described the fundraising at the occasion as an opportunity to support God’s work.
“It is a noble course and I urge that all contribute their widow’s mite,” he said.
The governor, who said his government was still struggling with serious financial challenges, was unable to make any donation on behalf of the state government.
He, however, made a personal donation on behalf of his family, and pledged to partner with the church to deliver on his mandate.
“At the moment, our priority is to pay workers their June salaries and thereafter make efforts to clear the backlog of arrears.
“I also would love to appeal to the striking lecturers of the Benue State University to call off their strike in the interest of our children and their suffering parents,” he said.
He appealed to the youths to eschew violence, crime and other social vices and instead serve God who, he said, had the power to uplift them.
He described the bishop, Avenya, as a man of impeccable credentials; a man so disciplined with keeping time.
He prayed that God would grant him long life to continue to add value to the people of the state and beyond.
In his sermon, Rev. Fr. Henry Akaabiam, urged people privileged to hold positions of authority and those blessed with long life to attribute such to God and avoid being pride.
The celebrant expressed his gratitude to God for his calling, saying God’s grace was responsible for the person he had become.
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