Originally published on May 20, 2022. Updated: May 25, 2022
The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Vice President, Rev. Stephen Sunday Ajise and ECWA General Secretary, Rev. Yunusa Sabo Nmadu Jnr visited Deborah Samuel’s parents to pray for them and to console them over the “heartless” killing of their daughter.
ECWA Social Movement, the socio-political arm of ECWA, has donated the sum of N250,000 (two hundred and fifty thousand naira) to the family of Deborah Samuel, a student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, who was murdered over alleged blasphemy.
The group had set out to refund the N120,000 the parents of the deceased, an ECWA member before the unfortunate incident, had reportedly paid to retrieve her body to Niger State to give her a proper burial.
And in less than 24hours, the group was able to raise N250,000, which has since been handed over to her family courtesy of the group.
Deborah’s Father, who was overwhelmed by the gift, was full of gratitude to the group, stating repeatedly that he was short of words of appreciation.
He said: “I really appreciate what you did for me and my family. I don’t know what to say, I don’t have the right words, but I really appreciate you for your prayers and for all the works.
“May God bless everyone who intervened in Deborah’s issue. I really appreciate you; I don’t know what to say anymore.”
While expressing his gratitude, he disclosed that over 20 persons has given their lives to Christ in their house.
He said: “Because of this Deborah’s issue, over 20 persons gave their lives to Christ in this house.”
“As we speak, they are inside our house, in the sitting room. They came here and they are praying,” the bereaved father said in Hausa while his son interpreted.
Speaking on behalf of ECWA Social Movement, Rev. Julius Odofin (JP), noted that the unfortunate incident of Deborah’s demise will not stop the fire ignited by her passion for the gospel, rather, it will be reignited.
He said: “The ECWA SOCIAL MOVEMENT, on behalf of all ECWA Worldwide, pledge to sustain the fire Deborah’s glorious exit ignited amongst us.
“Accept our condolences and don’t quit as parents in not sending the rest of the children to school. If you do, you have handed over cheap victory to Satan’s mission ‘to steal, to kill and to destroy’. God forbid.
“Adieu Deborah till we meet to part no more, Amen.”
In a separate statement, ECWA President, Rev. Dr. Stephen Panya Baba, reminded all Christians in Nigeria that they should “Pray down God’s blessings” on the Party Primaries that are coming soon. He added that “Believers are the only ones able to stand on the gap for Nigeria and other nations at these critical times”.
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