Another Mother’s Day
Another mother’s day just passed, a day set aside to celebrate women/mothers throughout the world.
Mothers are special, they look after the home, their men and children. Mothers are selfless, they give more and more of themselves but thank God we have a God that keeps refilling them.
This mothers’ day, the women of my church decided to share ourselves into groups to visit the orphanage, old people’s home and the hospital. The idea behind this is to show motherly care to the less privileged in the society. In essence we went to minister to these groups of people.
I decided I was going to join the group visiting the old peoples home because I have been privileged to visit an orphanage and I also have been to the hospital (in fact I have been hospitalized severally too). Since I made that decision I have been extremely joyful, I have just been looking forward to the trip, it was like a little adventure to me.
We packed up our little donations and off we went to the old people’s home situated at House 1, 12 Crescent Kado Estate, opposite Kado Estate Police Post, Abuja Nigeria. It was such a memorable visit in so many ways. We went with the mind set of ministering to these old souls but they ended up ministering to us.
The owner of the home- Amazing Grace Foundation, Chief Hon. Dr (Mrs) Obegolu Ifeyinwa, a PhD holder in Political Science & International Relations, a true mother and most importantly a child of God received us warmly into the home. This sweet, sold-out lady (Dr. Mrs Obegolu) told us several inspiring stories of how the Foundation was initiated, the people they have helped, the cases they have handled, the testimonies they have recorded and the amazing ways they have received funding for the home.
The home is Dr. Mrs Obegolu’s vision is “protecting the rights of the Elders, Widows & Victims of domestic violence”. She also runs another initiative where her ultimate goal is to defend the rights of the poor.
For the elderly people, some challenges they face is neglect by family and even children, sickness, un-conducive social/public facilities, rape, abuse and ill-treatment from caregivers. I was in shock to hear that frail women of over 80 years were being raped, people accusing the aged of witchcraft etc.
The ill-treatment meted out to old people does not only apply to the poor and needy but also to the high and mighty within our society. If this is true imagine what it will be like for the poor and down trodden.
She recounted with displeasure and deep burning passion, how the whole initiative started. She was going for a social event when she drove past an elderly woman in front of a very beautiful bungalow, under the scorching hot sun, head bent and static. She watched with amazement because she wasn’t moving. She said she thought the old woman was asleep and she asked her driver to tap her so she could go and sleep comfortably inside her house. But as soon as she was gently tapped she collapsed. She and her driver quickly called out to the people in the house but there was no one, she walked inside the house to see if there was anyone there, still no one. She then decided to offer her the little help she knew how to from the advice she got from a medical doctor she called. Mama was carted inside the house, given a cold bath, given some milk to drink and she was revived.
The amazing thing about this woman is that she wasn’t a poor woman. The house she lived in was tastefully furnished with state-of-the-art equipment. When she opened the fridge it was stocked full to the brim. She was able to make colorful jollof rice for mama without having to buy anything from the neighborhood. Mama didn’t lack anything. When she didn’t see anyone to hand her over to, she picked up mama’s phone, she noticed a recurring foreign number, she decided to call the number. When she did, luckily it was mama’s daughter in America.
Mama’s daughter was in utter shock and disbelief because her and her siblings paid someone well to care for mama. Mama’s daughter explained that they ensure mama doesn’t lack anything good, in fact mama’s house was bought for her. When she called mama’s caregiver, of course she lied that she was at home and mama was asleep. By the time the caregiver got back, she was reeking of alcohol and the rest is history.
I asked Mrs Obegolu how she funds all her initiative and she said, for a long time she uses her money, she recounted how God gave her an appointment she didn’t lobby for and she entered into an agreement with God that she will split the income into 90:10 sharing formula, 10% for herself and 90% for the initiative as she no longer has anything pressing to do with money. But now she is retired from active service.
Dr Mrs Obegolu is no doubt a sweet soul, an angel walking amongst us. Today, not only has she been able to give succor to the people she picks off the street but to those whose children and loved ones are away in foreign lands or busy with other assignments.
It made me think long and hard about my future, and instead of me to be scared of what will happen to me in my old age I have decided to secure my old age by partnering with them. I know that whatever you give, you will receive. I am sowing mercy to our senior citizens so that in the very nearest future someone will show me mercy.
Several people and organizations have given support to this wonderful home in time past. I want to support this initiative and I want to request for your support as well, a golden opportunity for us all to make an impact.
I have decided to partner with this organization by making continuous donations to the home and I implore you to do the same, it will be tagged “MERCY PROJECT”. The plan is to help them gather as much as possible from friends and sundry and whatever we are able to raise through SWiM will be given to the home quarterly let’s support this great initiative by sending your donations with “Mercy Project” as the description to:
Acct Name: Precious Swim Concepts
Acct No: 2151832043
Be certain your donations are in safe hands and accountability is promised.
God bless you as all as we rise to the help of the aged and secure your own tomorrow, when you will be too frail to defend yourself.
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