Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Catholics urged to come to the aid of flood victims

Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama
ABUJA, NIGERIA - The President of the Catholic Bishops` Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama has called on all Catholic and other good spirited Nigerians to come to the aid of thousands of Nigerians displaced by flood that has done havoc in many states of the country.

The appeal was contained in a statement issued recently in Abuja, by Rev. Fr. Evaristus Bassey the Executive Secretary of Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN) the Non- Governmental Organization of the CBCN.

Expressing deep concern about the recent flooding of different parts of the country, as a result of excessive rainfall in the country and the release of excess water from Ladgo Dam in Cameroun and Niger/Jebba Dams in Nigeria, Fr. Evaristus noted that this has caused devastating damages in some states of the country, including destruction of several farmlands and deaths of about 2000 people.

According to Fr. Evaristus Bassey, the capital cities of Makurdi in Benue State and Lokoja in Kogi State were reported to have been greatly devastated while no fewer than 25 million Nigerians living along the country`s coastal line of Anambra, Niger, Benue, Sokoto, Katsina, Lagos, Ondo, Delta, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa and Cross Rivers States are threatened by displacement as a result of the flooding. He added that over 38,000 people have been displaced in Kano, Jigawa, Cross River, Taraba, Adamawa, Niger and Anambra States.

The Executive Secretary disclosed that Idah Diocese has confirmed that 30,000 persons are now living in 13 camps in Idah, with the number increasing by the day. He continued: `The floods have caused untold hardship to many persons, families and communities in Nigeria. Property worth millions of Naira has been destroyed and many displaced persons are stranded and faced with hunger, disease, lack of shelter and lack of clothing etc.`

While calling for solidarity and support for the affected persons, Fr. Evaristus listed the dioceses of Idah, Lokoja, Auchi, Makurdi, Oturkpo, Yola, Issele-Uku, Bomadi, Jalingo, Kano and Sokoto; as well as the Archdioceses of Onitsha and Owerri as greatly in need of assistance to bring succour to the affected victims of the flood.

Noting that support in cash and kind can be forwarded directly to the Archdioceses and dioceses listed above or CCFN, Fr. Bassey concluded that `the CBCN President has requested that awareness of the untold sufferings of the victims should be created among Catholics, nationwide,` for immediate assistance.

Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)'s President - Oritsejafor To FG: Declare Affected Areas Disaster Zones

President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, said the recent flood that submerged houses across Nigeria and displaced thousands of people was horrifying.

In a statement signed and made available in Abuja by his Special Assistant, Media and Public Affairs, Kenny Ashaka, yesterday, the CAN leader said his organisation shared the traumatic moment with victims of the disaster.

He said it was worrisome to see that places such as markets, major roads, schools, bridges, houses, farmlands, among others were submerged in the flood.

Ashaka said: ”Pastor Oritsejafor sympathizes with victims of the disaster and prays that God will protect them from all hidden dangers and deadly diseases that may have come with the floods.”

He prays also that God will grant them maximum security wherever they are settled.

Don’t wait for job, create one, says Adeboye at the 4th Convocation of Redeemers University

Cross Section of graduands
As calls for self reliance continue to pour in, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye over the weekend joined other stakeholders in the education sector to urge Nigerian graduates not to wait for job, but endeavour to create jobs and be employers of labour.

Adeboye who is a visitor to Redeemer’s University (RUN) during their 4th convocation ceremony where 24 graduands made First Class said; “You have graduated into a world of uncertainty, don’t wait for ready-made job, create one.”

The clergyman charged unemployed graduates to be bold enough to start their own businesses instead of waiting for unavailable jobs. He prayed that within three months, if they hold on to the wisdom of God, they will succeed in their aspirations.

How To Succeed at Being Yourself - Joyce Meyer

It's tough to enjoy life when you don't like yourself. People who haven't learned to accept and get along with themselves tend to have more difficulty accepting and getting along with others. Yet, the Bible repeatedly tells us to "love your neighbor as yourself." I personally spent years having a hard time getting along with people, until I finally realized through the Word of God how my difficulty with other people was actually "rooted" in my difficulties with myself.

The Bible says a good tree will bear good fruit, and a rotten tree will bear rotten fruit. Likewise, the "fruit" of our lives comes from the "root" within us. If you're rooted in shame, guilt, inferiority, rejection, lack of love and acceptance, etc., the fruit of your relationships will suffer. However, once you have a revelation of God's unconditional love for you and begin to accept yourself and others, eventually these new roots will produce good fruit, and your relationships will thrive.

Here are a few tips I believe will help you succeed at being yourself.

1. Never say or think negative things about yourself, such as, "I never do anything right." "I'll never change." "I'm ugly." "I look terrible." "I'm dumb." "Who could ever love me?" Matthew 12:37 says, ...by your words you will be justified..., and by your words you will be condemned…. Proverbs 23:7 says, …as [a man] thinketh in his heart, so is he. In other words, the way we talk and think about ourselves reveals how we feel about ourselves.

The Importance of Having the Right Attitude in Life - Vikram Gokhale- N. Nanda

Our attitude is what influences all our actions. It is only the right attitude, which gets us good results. All the smiles and hand-shakes are not going to get you far, if you do not have the attitude to help others, without any selfish expectations in return. If you expect something in return, then it is not help, it is only a favour, and you are only interested in your own selfish desires.

It has been said that Opportunity ‘knocks’ at every door. If we utilise it, it leads to success. Otherwise, we just complain about the ‘noise’. Every problem that we face is nothing but an opportunity, to success, by learning how to conquer it. The better we get at problem solving, the more successful we are.

Theory is only fully understood by solving problems. One cannot succeed in life with mere theories; it is only the application of theory, in overcoming problems, that brings the desired results.

To a ‘positive’ person, a problem is not only a temporary set-back, but also a stepping stone to success. To a ‘negative’ thinker, every problem only confirms his pessimistic view, that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. So every problem becomes a stumbling block, with the inevitable result, that he/she soon stops progressing. Human nature has inertia, i.e. it resists any change. We like to keep within our ‘comfort zone’, even to the extent of not trying to change a bad habit, that we are only too well aware of. However, should one desire to improve, there is no stopping you, on your path to success.

Forgiving Yourself

If you look in the mirror and look yourself in the eyes but you don't like the person you see, then you need to forgive yourself and learn how to love the person that God has made in you! This is what we call a stronghold, or an incorrect thinking pattern that needs to be torn down in your mind. If you have repented of your sins, and taken them before the Lord, then you are forgiven... and now you need to come to realize the power of that. You need to stop associating your failures with your "new creation" image, for God's Word says...

2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."

Can you honestly look in the mirror and tell yourself, "I love you" and mean it with your heart? I'm not talking about a prideful way, but a humble means of accepting who God has formed in you. We need to love and accept the person that Christ has made in us, and forgive ourselves as Christ has forgiven us!


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