Janaury 13, 2016 By Alusine Sesay
The Light of Christ Fellowship Ministry International, a Sierra Leonean Church based in New Jersey in the United States of America with a branch in Freetown, Friday, 8 January presented assorted school learning materials, school fees, used clothing and crutches to over 50 vulnerable and less privileged school children during a ceremony held at the Polio Community Health Centre, Grafton.
The recipients were beneficiaries of the ministry’s scholarship and adoption scheme referred to as the Master’s Touch.
General Overseer and Senior Pastor, Evangelist Dr. Kolleh Kelly Samura, said the Master’s Touch scheme was borne out of feelings and love of Jesus for children.
“Suffer not the little children to come unto me for theirs is the kingdom of God,” he quoted the scriptures as among the reasons for the establishment of the Master’s Touch Scholarship Scheme, which he added has so far yielded fruitful results as the beneficiaries were making good use of it.
He said his ministry was pretty more concerned about the vulnerable and less privileged that are in dire need of help, and that the scheme involves the adoption of a child by any member of the ministry who sends a package for their adopted children each year, adding that the scheme has been ongoing since 2009.
“These children have potentials to become people [of high standing] in the future, which will be beneficial not only for themselves and their families but the country as a whole, provided they have the right support and tutoring,” he stated, adding that they intend to continue supporting beneficiaries until they complete their tertiary education.
Pastor Dr. Samura further revealed that they had earlier donated used clothing, medical items and money to the Grafton orphanage, a goodwill gesture he said they would continue as an assignment from God.
He informed his audience that as part of their call to serve and give back to society they were at the Connaught Hospital for four days, where they cleaned, painted and installed two plasma television sets at the children’s ward, and donated medical items and crutches, which according to him were well appreciated by the hospital staff.
He expressed appreciation to members of Mercy International Nurses Association (MINA), which forms part of TLOCI-USA, as pioneers of the cleaning, renovation and donation of the medical items to the Connaught Hospital.
“When we first arrived on the 15 December 2015, we embarked on ‘Operation Christmas Blessing’, in which we gave out assorted food items to church members and also to the Grafton Polio Camp and Orphanage as our own gifts for the holidays,” he stated.
Pastor Dr. Samura used the forum to express thanks and appreciation to members of TLOCI-USA for their continued support and answering the call of God to give back to society and better the lives of others, so as to make the world a better place for all to dwell in. He encouraged them to continue the good work, adding that the donated items came from members of the ministry without external support or assistance.
“We are doing this because we love God and our country and determined to make a change as Sierra Leoneans,” he noted.
The man of God pleaded with the government to grant them free access as most of their items are donated to the vulnerable and less privileged.
In his brief statement, Chairman of Polis Challenge Association (POCA), Simeon Kamara, said that since 2009 when they came in contact with TLOCI they have experienced greater transformation in their lives on a consistent basis, adding that they were grateful and promised to use every opportunity accorded them for the growth and development of their children.
“TLOCI has long since exceeded our expectations, for which we are grateful and praying for continuous provision so that our children who are beneficiaries of the scholarship scheme will in the end become useful people in society,” said Abu Kamara.