Pastor David Ibiyeomie in his book Demonstrating Love for your Nation opined that life becomes profitable when it is “contribution driven”. According to him, for any nation to develop and attain a sustainable level of growth, there must be genuine love demonstrated by her citizens. As an astute practitioner of his teachings, he ensures that Salvation Ministries touches lives and communities in many ways as led by the Holy Spirit.
Although the commission does not believe in showmanship and blatant display of her social responsibilities, her many charity works stand out wherever they are found. The spirit of excellence and compliance to global best standards in all her operations typify all her activities.
Her projects in the upliftment of the society cut across all facets of life including but not limited to, health, education, infrastructure, empowerment and social welfare amongst others.
Salvation Ministries believes that youths are the future of any nation.
As a result, the church in addition to her many teachings on the moral and spiritual development of the youths sent a good number of them to Israel. It was an all-expense free trip where the youths were engaged in leadership, mentorship and skills acquisition training superintended by experts of international repute.
In the sphere of education, the many local and overseas scholarships awarded to youths in reputable universities highlight the premium the Commission attaches to education. For the 2016/2017 academic session, the church earmarked over a hundred million Naira for scholarships for 634 students cutting across primary, secondary and tertiary institutions.
The towering results of the skills acquisition and empowerment programs of the church still resonate. The programs which is constantly being restructured and rejuvenated for greater impact is one of the many charity outlets that have benefited a majority of widows. The starter packs distributed upon completion of the programs is life transforming
ImAGES OF THE HOME FOR THE ELDERLY BEING CONSTRUCTED BY SALVATION MINISTRIES
Again, payment of lifelong stipends, upkeep and maintenance for the elderly is a social welfare scheme that Salvation Ministries relishes.
Consequently, many that hitherto had been abandoned, down cast and frustrated now have reason to not only live but live well. As a further demonstration of the Commission’s love for the elderly, the church has almost completed an ultra-modern, multi-million Naira world-class home for the elderly in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Interesting to note is the fact that in the spirit of cooperation the Commission’s goodwill transcends denominations and other earthly barriers as the facility is to be handed over to the Catholic Church, which has pioneered the care for the elderly through the operation of a modest facility that will be boosted by this gigantic intervention by Salvation Ministries.
The admonition in 1Cor. 3: 6 – 9 (NIV) was given practical and full expression by this action;
”6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7 So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9 For we are co-workers in
The Commission is a word based church under the tutelage of a pastor that is knowledge filled who teaches the congregation the right application of knowledge needed to excel in business. Consequently, Business summits that would otherwise have cost a fortune in the secular world are delivered pro bono; a gesture that has produced business giants and saved many from the woes of failing enterprises.
The continuing wave of the Salvation Ministries charity interventions recently touched Rumuoke community in Obio-Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State. It was all joy in the community as the hi-tech construction equipment of the church deplored to the community. The dilapidated Rumuoke road off Ada George road that has suffered prolonged neglect was totally reconstructed by the church. The commendations from indigenes, residents and the road users are both inspiring and humbling. Also, roads around the church headquarters are not left out of the commission’s infrastructure interventions, as a number of the roads are regularly giving a face-lift. The fence of Central State Primary School, Igwuruta was also reconstructed to give the school a face-lift and reinforce security.
In the health sector, Salvation Ministries recently spent over 200,000 United States Dollars to provide equipment and renovate a section of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital. The pediatric department of the hospital received an ultra-sound scan machine from the church. The state of the arts machine carries out Doppler scan, 3D and many other functions. This machine is unique because patients do not need to leave the department to somewhere else for diagnostic test. It is linked to the computer for data capture and archiving.
The children’s emergency room, particularly units A and B, also benefited from the commission’s good gesture. The section was provided with beds, window blinds, air conditioners, inverters and B40 monitor an innovative technology that has the capacity of checking noninvasive temperature, body temperature of the patient, electro- cardiograph, oxygen saturation of the patient, blood pressure and many others.
Also, created were the critical care unit for the very sick children, reception area for nurses equipped with consulting tables, television set equipped with cable network and air-conditioners. Consulting/treatment room for doctors and nurses were also fully furnished. Drugs and other consumables were also provided.
The Commission also organizes medical outreaches in various communities. At the outreaches free drugs, consultancy and surgery is availed the teeming population that usually turn up for medical attention.
Apart from the remarkable intervention of the church in Bayelsa State during the unfortunate flood disaster, Salvation Ministries is perpetually seeking ways of touching lives and affecting nations. Far away in Plateau, North Central Nigeria, the Commission has impacted lives. Before and even during the troubled times of the notorious Boko Haram, the Commission graciously intervened in wiping the tears of victims of the mayhem. Beyond the Atlantic Ocean, the western world has benefitted from the Commission’s generosity; truly God is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34).
The staff of the church is not excluded, as their welfare is very dear to the presiding pastor and the commission. They enjoy enviable and excellent condition of service comparable only to those of the oil industry. The opulence of the staff and pastors’ quarters is now a trending discourse. From the fascinating architectural design that has changed the facade of the streets where they are located to the exquisite and lavishly furnished interior, the staff and
SOME BENEFICIARIES OF THE 2016 SCHOLARSHIP AWARDED BY SALVATION MINISTRIES
their families enjoy a good residential environment. The perennial epileptic power situation in Nigeria is not experienced in the quarters as there is a twenty-four hour power supply.
As a church policy, from the least staff to the highest, any one due for a car is given a brand new vehicle, jeep inclusive for the senior pastors. This is the reason for the many new cars seen at the church premises during work hours. Also as part of her welfare packages, many of the senior pastors and family have enjoyed free overseas trip for their vacation.
The Commission’s Social Responsibility knows no bounds. It is not limited to members, staff, tribe, nations neither is it envisioned to woo converts but a true reflection of the giving nature of the presiding pastor and the genuine show of love for mankind and the society by the commission. Indeed, this is what Christianity is all about as demonstrated by our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.