Yola, 20 August, 2020 / 8:01 pm (ACI Africa).
How we relate with the needy in society amid COVID-19 challenges can be a good litmus test of the extent to which we value our Christian faith, the Bishop of Nigeria’s Diocese of Yola said this week.
“The quality of our Christian faith will be shown in this difficult time that some of our neighbours go to bed hungry," Bishop Stephen Mamza said Wednesday, August 19 during the dedication of the Chapel of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Adamawa State.
“We as Christians have been challenged by the difficulties brought by COVID-19 pandemic to be compassionate and charitable to the needs of our neighbours,” Bishop Mamza explained.
He highlighted some of the challenges faced by Nigerians amid COVID-19 saying, “Some have been thrown out by insensitive landlords for their inability to pay their rents; others have resolved to trekking long distances as transport has become unaffordable.”
Referencing the Gospel of Matthew where Christ speaks about charity to strangers, the Nigerian Prelate underscored the faith practice of sharing with the needy saying, “For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in.”