BY AZEMOBOR GREGORY.
The people of Aboru community, a suburb on the outskirt of Lagos metropolis, on the 5th of March, 2016 witnessed the good deeds of The Good Samaritans as they stormed the area with comprehensive free medical services for the poor dwellers. In spite of the heavy early morning rainfall, the team was on ground, as early as 9 am to commence the exercise. The team of Medical personnel that comprise of Nutritionists, opticians, and physicians were dutiful and compassionate in administering medical care for the people that trooped out in their hundreds to be attended to.
The Good Samaritans, aka The Open Heart Samaritan Mission is a nongovernmental organization that promotes the biblical injunction of “Love your neighbor as yourself”. They don’t just sermonize about love to humanity, they demonstrate the virtue of love by reaching out to poor communities with free medical care; provision of free empowerment for youths and women; visitation to hospitals to show love to the sick; visitation to prisons to show compassion to those behind bars et cetera. The organization, indeed, is love personified. The “gospel” of their activities is to inspire as many people as possible to live in love with one another.
VOCNEWS, spoke with the Leader of The Good Samaritans, Mr. Favour Omomuwa, who explained the motivation behind their mission, “We believe as an organization, that the core ingredient the world needs to create a stable and a peaceful society is love. If many of our political leaders, for instance, have the heart of love, they would work for the good and wellbeing of the poor; they would construct good roads; build hospitals; provide free education for the poor; they would work compassionately to eradicate poverty. But this not the case! We are here today in Aboru community, providing free medical services, because of the failure of government.”
Speaking further, he said “ let me also tell you that what we are doing is exemplary, we want to inspire government to do what is right; we also want to inspire the individuals to show love to one another; the religious leaders should also show practical love beyond their ‘power sermons’. At this junction, let me sincerely appreciate Jesus Mission World Outreach and Pastor Dapo Ajike that facilitated and supported this free medical exercise in this community. And my thanks also go to VOCNEWS and Voice of Change Network for their presence. We are planning to do an elaborate free medical exercise in a local government in Lagos, later this year, that would span for one-week. I am using this medium to appeal to government and corporate organizations to support this project, so that we could reach as many people as possible”
VOCNEWS also spoke with a cross section of the people that came for the exercise. They were full of praises for The Good Samaritans and the church, Jesus Mission World Outreach, who jointly provided the free medical services for the community. One of the beneficiary, a pregnant woman spoke to VOCNEWS, “I am very happy today, for what these people( The Good Samaritans) have done. The doctors here attended to me. Aside from the medical checkup, they also advised me specially, on prenatal issues. God will bless this organization for the good works they are doing”
The exercise which started around 9 am in the morning lasted to about 7pm in the evening. Many people in the community: the old, the young all trooped out to receive the “compassionate touch” of The Good Samaritans. Many received “healing” counsels from the team of medical experts on ground. Indeed, it was a day to remember as The Good Samaritans left behind an impact of selfless service to the people of Aboru community. Over 500 people benefited from this noble gesture. The talk of the impact of the exercise will remain in the lips of residents of this locality, for many months to come!
To contact The Good Samaritans for support and other enquiries, please call the Coordinator, Mr. Favour Omomuwa on 08177518936