Giving is in my nature, blood and Gene. Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere of OPM (Orange exclusive interview)


The covid-19 pandemic hasn’t slowed down as it topples governments as well as economies all over the world, the church isn’t left out of the pandemic either as a lot of religious activities have been on hold while others perform skeletal services.


However Omega Power Ministries Under the leadership of its General overseer, Apostle Chibuzor Chinyere has continued to spread the word of God as he practices what he continuously preaches, “Giving”, which is Done through the  OPM foundation,  Apostle Chibuzor’s humanitarian services through  OPM have bagged international and local awards from Prestigious institutions and organizations including the Honorary Doctorate Degree in Theology from the Freedom University and Theological Seminary, Philadelphia USA in 2011.


In a chat with orange Team, he answered a few  questions and gave his opinion on how he sees the pandemic.


Here are the excerpts from the interview.


Question ;
How Has this covid-19 pandemic affected the church, the ministry and the message ?

Answer:
For the past three months we have not had a normal church service and it is really worrisome but we give God all the glory, it has affected some many Jobs, businesses and it has really affected the church.

Question;
Sir, despite the covid-19 pandemic and complaints about the economy, you still continue to give out palliatives and you haven’t slowed down on charity, how has this been possible?

Answer;
In times of need, that is when you know “who is a giver” not in times of surplus,  I don’t give because I have surplus, I give because it is my nature, it’s in the blood and in the gene.

The first house I rented in Lagos which anybody can go and visit is at no 38 omidaddy street, mafoluku in Lagos state, I lived with 8 people in that one room, so it is my nature, eight people were living with me and these people were not related to me, they came from different tribes Yoruba, Delta and so on, the first shop I rented at 608 Ikwerre Road, I was selling recharge card there and one day as I was passing by I saw a pastor with wife and children, his landlord threw them out and I was living and sleeping in my shop, and I called him to come and live with me, so imagine in a small shop, I and my brother with the man and his family staying in that small shop, then I was not a pastor I was selling recharge card, I have not opened OPM so it’s my nature, to accommodate people.

As I  am talking to you now I have about 92 to 93 children living with me, these were children living on the streets, so during the pandemic that is when these people needed help more. So that’s why I opened free school and I gave out palliatives first round, second round, third round, to the police men on the street, we even gave out randomly.


Question:
The covid 19 is disrupting activities and events all around the world, what message do you have for The people of God ?

Answer:
The bible says in Psalm 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, From whence cometh my help, My help cometh from the Lord, who made heaven and earth, I have never seen the righteous forsake him. God can never forsake you if you put your trust in Him, listen the storm will be over very soon, that is why you need to have Jesus on your boat, as long  as Jesus is in your boat there will be calm, so my message for everyone if you don’t have Jesus on your boat go and drag him to your boat not forcefully, so that he will be on your boat during this stormy pandemic, some say that covid-19 is a fraud, its either ignorance or selfishness that makes them to say so.

So you are ready to risk your life and members just because you want to make money I cannot do that this covid-19 is real, I have lost a very close friend so I know is real.

Question;
Talking about covid-19 and how real it is, do you think the government has  actually taken the right steps in what they are doing to curb the spread of covid-19 ?

Answer;
They have tried but if they really did what they wanted to,  a lot of people will cry out because we need a lot of restrictions, this is an air-borne disease, the government have tried but they still have to do more because prevention is always better than cure, you know people need to be aware of covid-19 some people still thinks that it is a scam, so they need more enlightenment and awareness, because covid-19 is real.

Question:
What steps has  the church taken to protect the members in this covid-19 era? –

Answer;
last Sunday we shared face masks, currently we have rules that as you are entering  the church you must wash your hands with soap and water and you can’t come to church without your face masks and we also maintain social distancing.

Question;
Has  the covid-19 affected the message (The word of God) – ?

Answer;
yes, the covid-19 has affected the message because we spent more time in the church but for now, in each service we spend one hour and one hour is not enough to pass the message but because we have to give to ceaser what belongs to ceaser so we have to break down the services and hurry up, even The night vigils we don’t even have it anymore, so yes it has affected the church.


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