By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – As part of daily activities to mark the 2022 Interfaith Week and Harmony, Senior Pastor of Christ Evangelical and Life Intervention Ministry in Sabon Tasha, Yohanna Buru, and his Team visited some Government and private hospitals in Kaduna.
The clergy disclosed this on Wednesday, at one of the Government’s hospitals visited – Yusuf Dantsoho Memorial Hospital in Tudun Wada, Kaduna South Local Government Area to distribute free drugs and also offered special prayers to patients.
According to him, this exercise is carried out every year during the Week to pray for the sick for Divine healings in the hospitals visited.
He said the importance of prayers cannot be overemphasized, hence the need to visit hospitals to pray, encourage, strengthen and show love to patients.
Buru added that the Interfaith Week provide huge opportunity for him and other Church members to take the 7 days campaign to many places of worship including Temples and other traditional believers, promoting the culture of love and tolerance across the nation.
The clergy averred that prayers may result in benefits that are due to divine intervention, and one of the unexpected benefits of visiting the sick is that we are reminded of the frailty of our own lives, not only of those whom we visit.
He further explained; “While it is the duty of all Christians to visit the sick, it is especially the responsibility of the Elders and Deacons in the Church; as we seek to fulfill our Lord’s call for us to care for those with mental illness or those in distress.
“There is a reciprocal benefit of pastoral visitation to the sick when. We do so with an eye to God’s Sovereignty and the biblical truth about ourselves. When we purpose to visit those with physical infirmities in order to call on the Lord for them, to bring them the precious truths of His word and to walk beside them with compassion and empathy.”
A patient in one of the private clinics in Sabon Tasha, Chikun LGA, Mr Samson John, thanked Pastor Buru for the visitation and urged other faith leaders to follow suit especially to those patients in critical condition and needed support and prayers.
He equally appeal to Governments at all levels for assistance to the poor with free medical drugs.