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"Light The World" Succour Reaches The Under-Privileged

NTA Channel 10 Christmas party recognises the disabled.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints joined the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA Channel 10, Lagos) in celebrating and donating gift items to some physically challenged students and humanitarian institutions at the television station’s 2018 Christmas Party. The Church employed this platform to reach the needy and underprivileged members of the society as part of the 2018 “Light the World” initiative..


Efe Soriyan, the General Manager of NTA Channel 10, opened the program by encouraging the specially invited guests to approach life believing that there is no hindrance in disability. “What you can achieve if you believe in yourself, some of us (that are not disabled) cannot achieve. Do not even see the sky as your limit. As high as the sky can get, that should be your starting point” She noted.

Efe Soriyan also expressed gratitude to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other donors, on behalf of the beneficiaries recognizing herself as the voice of the voiceless, for the kind gesture of providing for the needy; "the seed you have sown will germinate and help this generation because you have helped people who are seemingly helpless".

The director of the National Public Affairs Council of The Chuch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Ikpe George Nkanang, explained how the Christmas reminds us of and brings hope not only to the less privileged but to all. “We are all beggars, we have to depend on someone to help us”. He said.

Ikpe Nkanang encouraged the physically challenged; “I see in your midst great men and women. There is nothing stopping you from being the best that you can be. A time is coming when you will be called upon to help this country to become better. Remember, disability is not a hindrance”. He concluded his address by calling on well-meaning Nigerians to emulate the initiative of NTA; “Every Nigerian can give something out. All of us can give hope”.

Mr Chidinma, on his wheelchair, provided motivation for other physically challenged attendees by narrating how he acquired formal education against all odds. “If you believe in yourself, nothing can stop you”, he concluded the speech receiving a standing ovation from attendees.

Before the handing over of gift items to the beneficiaries, Pastor Fred Odutola- the former Secretary of the Bible Society of Nigeria, shared some inspirational thoughts on the essence of Christmas. The beneficiaries are Modupe cole school, Bethsaida Home for the Blind, Atunda Olu Home, Heart of Gold, Wesley Schools 1&2, The Nigerian Society for the Blind.

The 2018 “Light the World” initiative focused on serving and giving globally, as Jesus Christ, “the light of the world” (John 8:12) did. Hence, the 2018 theme was “give as He gave”.

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