TREM calls for understanding of different cultures for unity



The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dream Centre, Festac Town, has called on Nigerians, particularly Christians, to learn about the uniqueness of other people’s culture, to help foster unity.

The Church made the call at its annual cultural day event, on Saturday in Lagos.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the event tagged, ‘Cultural Megafest 4.0’ was aimed at promoting unity in diversity and giving the members an opportunity to learn about other cultures.

There were six groups, representing African Union, as well as the North-Central, South-south 1, South-south 2, South-east and South-west zones.

The groups comprised members of the church, randomly selected, to brainstorm and come up with activities to showcase, from cultures within the zones they represented.

Some of the activities showcased included; dance, drama, food and customs.

The Parish Pastor, Rev. Iyke Osuji, said Christians need to understand that there would not be only one tribe, nation or race in heaven but a gathering of people, who came from different cultures.

According to the Pastor, the reason people fight or find it difficult living with others from different cultures is because they don’t understand the uniqueness of each others’ culture.

“What we actually set out to show is a taste of heaven, because heaven will be made up of all nations, people, colours, and culture.

“Heaven is an all-inclusive phenomenon for humanity, we expect that every person on earth will have a taste of heaven.

“We want to show people that heaven is great, enjoyable, awesome and full of joy;  everyone should look forward to it because no one should be excluded.

“We should all embrace ourselves and come together in unity, irrespective of our culture, languages and nationalities, because we are one just like everyone on earth is one under heaven,” he said.

Osuji said it took the church two months to put the fourth edition together.

“This is actually the fourth edition and it takes us approximately two months to put this together.

“All we see here is that everybody belongs to a group that is not necessarily their culture or nationality, which gives them the opportunity to learn from other cultures.

“We are trusting God that one of these days, we will be at the National Stadium where more Nigerians can see us.

NAN also reports that the church had earlier organised a sports competition among the groups, to further promote unity among the church members and also help to keep them fit.

The activities included football, volleyball and table tennis.(NAN)

Edited by Oluwole Sogunle

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Imo Special Adviser on Religious Affairs charges Christians on faithfulness, trust in God



The Special Adviser to Imo State Governor on Religious Affairs, Rev. Chidi Nwaneb, has advised Christians to always exhibit total faith and trust in God even in the midst of daunting challenges.

Nwanebu, a renowned evangelist with the Assemblies of God Church in Owrrri, gave the advice while ministering at The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) in Owerri on Sunday.

He said that God is too faithful to forget those who have implicit faith and trust in Him and is always ready to reward them.

Taking his text from John Chapter 5:1 through 10 of the Bible, the evangelist recounted how God provided help to the helpless and raised people from the dust to become those to be reckoned with.

He said that the impotent man at the pool of Bethesda had no one to help him out of his problem for 38 years, but when Jesus showed up his problem was taken care of and he admonished people to seek God at all times.

Nwanebu said that every problem had expiry date, so, there was no reason for anyone to contemplate committing suicide.

According to him, no human being has the right to write another off in life as God determines what everyone who puts his trust and hope in him will be in future.

The special adviser poured encomiums on Imo Governor, Sen. Hope Uzodimma, describing him as a God fearing man and a governor who has the best interest of the Imo people at heart.

Earlier, the Resident Pastor of TREM, Rev. Nnyene Etibeng, commended the special adviser for his well deserved appointment as a special adviser and for spearing his time to visit the church.

He described Nwanebu as a minister of God who knows his onus and who rose to his current position by the grace of God and wished him well onbehalf of members of the church.  

Edited By: Tajudeen Atitebi
Source: NAN
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Buhari salutes Bishop Mike Okonkwo at 75



President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Presiding Bishop of The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Dr Mike Okonkwo, on his 75th birthday.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina in Abuja on Tuesday, Buhari joined family, friends and associates of the Christian leader to celebrate with him.

The president said he believed that Okonkwo’s commitment to serving God and humanity would continue to inspire and attract people in their numbers, within and outside the country.

Buhari also felicitated with the Christian community and its leaders, particularly the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), for the milestone in the life of the bishop.

He affirmed that Okonkwo’s focus on God, advocacy for practical, balanced Christian living and large-heartedness, had influenced many lives and brought succour to innumerable people.

The president noted with appreciation, the contribution of the Christian leader to lifting many out of poverty, his strides in tackling diseases and other health challenges.

Buhari further said that Okonkwo had provided opportunities for many to get education through scholarships and vocational trainings.

He prayed that “the light in the life of the Presiding Bishop of TREM will continue to shine, and that he be endued with good health, strength, and longer life.’’

Edited By: Ejike Obeta
Source: NAN
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COVID-19 Lockdown: TREM distributes food items to members, others



The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM), Festac branch, Lagos, has distributed food items to no fewer than  100 of its members and others families in the community.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the food distribution took place over a period of two weeks to ensure that the public adhere to the government’s stay-at-home directive to  combat the spread of COVID-19 .

The food items distributed by the Church include: rice, beans and ‘garri’, noodles, spaghetti, sardines, tomato paste, vegetable oil and seasoning.

The Parish Pastor, Rev. Iyke Osuji, said that  the gesture was to ensure that its members had food to eat while staying indoors during the lockdown.

“As a church, we deal with a whole lot of issues; we understand what people are feeling, we know where they’re coming from and the challenges they have.

“Everyone is not equal, there are many people who cannot afford to be under any form of lockdown without assistance.

“It is very important to have something to eat when you are in your home, so we decided to help the most vulnerable among us who don’t have enough to eat.

“I believe that is one of the cardinal reasons we exist as a church, that is one of the things our Lord Jesus Christ ordered that we should fulfill,” he said.

Osuji commended the members who assisted the church to make the project possible.

Mrs Helen Ebodiwe, a church member and a beneficiary, said that some food items were received before the lockdown, but got some more recently since she wasn’t sure if the restriction of movement would be extended.

Ebodiwe said: “What the church has done  is very encouraging and it helps me believe that I have a family that cares about its members.

“With this, I believe I have enough that will keep us at home for two weeks by God’s grace.”

Also, Mr Benjamin Imonah, who repairs generators for a living, said he wasn’t finding things easy because he was  no longer getting patronage   since the lockdown.

“People who would usually bring work to me are all indoors, they’re also keeping money to take care of their families,” he said.

Another resident in the area, Munachimso Umudu, a businessman, commended the Church for helping to reduce the burden of the lockdown on its members.

He said the lockdown had affected him because he no longer got daily income from his lubricants and car accessories business.

“This is okay for me for now, at least I will manage it until next week,” Umudu said.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Peter Dada (NAN)
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Employability programme: TREM trains 200 people in Lagos



The Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM) said it had trained over 200 graduates under its Employability Programme in the past four years.

TREM Resident Bishop, Peace Okonkwo, said on Saturday at the 4th graduation ceremony of the programme that the programme had stopped many graduates from going into crimes due to unemployment.

“The TREM Employability Programme (TEP) is an initiative of the TREM career academy and was borne out of the major concern to address the employment challenge among our young graduates at TREM.

“The training is to assist our members and others interested, including Muslims, gain necessary skills and competencies required to enter and succeed in the world of work.

“In just four years since its inception, about 200 candidates have enrolled in the training programme, where they have received qualitative and quantitative classroom trainings, provided by HR facilitators and tutors of great repute.

“All these trainings have consequently prepared and positioned the students to be the preferred candidates in the highly competitive job and employment market,” she said.

Also, Mrs Olufunke Amobi, Chairperson, TREM career academy, said that the training was the way to go now that unemployment had become big challenge to Nigeria.

“This is why Bishop Mike Okonkwo created the training in TREM to assist members and others in this regard. Every stakeholder must contribute their quotas to address unemployment problem in Nigeria,” she said.

A human resources expert, Mrs Lola Esan, said that Nigerian graduates were employable, stressing that the challenge was the relevance of their courses of study to the job they applied for.

She also said that some of the courses being studied in schools were no longer relevant to some jobs available today.

Esan commended TREM for the training, adding that more of such programmes was needed to assist many Nigerians to be employed in the right place.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that 35 persons who graduated from the programme in 2019 were presented certificates by Bishop MikeOkonkwo at the occasion.

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