Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has urged Christians to contribute generously to God’s work in order to reap manifold blessings.
He made the appeal at St John’s Cathedral Gboko during a reception to mark the 60th birthday celebration of Bishop William Avenya in charge of the Diocese.
The Governor stated that the turning point in his life came in 2004 when in obedience to Luke 6: 38 he donated vehicles and property to the work of God adding that since then he never lacked.
He described the fundraising in support of God’s work at the occasion as a noble cause and urged that all should contribute their widow’s mite.
The Governor said his government was not buoyant at the moment to make contributions but he made a personal donation on behalf of his family promising to mobilize his friends to also contribute.
According to him his priority at the moment was to pay workers June 2015 salaries and thereafter make efforts to clear the backlog of arrears even as he was appealing to striking lecturers of the Benue State University to call off their strike.
He appealed to youths to eschew crime and rather serve God who he said had the power to uplift them.
Governor Ortom pledged to partner with the church to deliver on his mandate.
He described Bishop Avenya as a man of impeccable credentials with the discipline to always keep to time and prayed that God would grant him long life so that he would continue to add value to the people of the state and beyond.
In his sermon Rev Fr. Henry Akaabiam urged those in positions of authority and those blessed with long life to attribute such to God and not to be puffed up.
The celebrant expressed his gratitude to God for his calling on his life saying His grace had been responsible for what he had become.
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