AGED MINISTRY

 

DIOCESE OF IGBOMINA WEST

AGED MINISTRY IN DIOCESE OF IGBOMINA WEST ANGLICAN COMMUNION

 

The aged ministry started in the Diocese of Igbomina West in the year 2010 and we want to glorify the name of the Lord, that the Anglican Communion is taken the lead in Evangelism. The work of Evangelism which was started by our forbearers over 150 years ago had witnessed a renewed energy over a decade ago. We are on the race to bring and witness Christ to every soul. The race for total salvation must be finished on a strong footing. What then are we witnessing in the church, if we witness to all to the exclusion of the aged, there is the race to save the youths through the Anglican Youth Fellowship, Boys and Girls Brigade, Ladies and Girls Guild. There is a race to save all women, there is a race to save the middle aged through various church societies and activities. But nobody really before now has mark the track to start the race to save the Aged or Elderly ones among us. Some may contend that Aged Care has been on in the church, given the history of the once in a blue moon annual party or visitation or pittance given as subsidy to some indigent members. No doubt this was in existence but we all know it is not enough neither are there collective standard policies as to the welfare of the members of our aging congregation.

Nigeria is a multi-cultural society with about 426 Ethnic groups spread over a geographical area of about 93.6m km of approximately a 140 million people and she is noted for her cultural background which gives prominence and respectability to Aged. In the Yoruba area, Elders are highly regarded, so also in the Igbo Eastern area, the Hausa/Fulani of the North are no exception to the respectability and honorary roles played by Aged. The aged are regarded as custodians of societal values and knowledge for the younger generation. Ironically, the prevailing economic hardship in the country has however affects this traditional practice, couples with the effect of urbanization and societal changes which have also negatively affected the kind of care the Aged receive from the families. Consequently, the Aged are being left with no options than to tend for themselves through various means which may be less dignifying.

In the Diocese of Igbomina West Anglican Communion, Health and Welfare were treated communally in the aid of the Aged with free medical check-ups, food and money with material needs.

Our vision and policy under its specific objectives, among others, advocates:

-          Making available to every Aged in our communion, adequate physical and mental health care facilities wherever he/she may be living

-          Providing geriatric services to the very old

-          Arranging training in various aspect of life

-          Ensuring the integration and participation of the Aged in the mainstream of national life among others.

So far, many aged people, especially those with one liability or the other, still live in unthinkable conditions which betray the lofty goals and objectives of our policy.

The Anglican Church which is a premier spiritual institution should continue the "Aged care" campaign from the church to the nation. The voice of reason is the voice of wisdom. No nation can afford to neglect its Aged. A Hausa proverbs literally translates that "it is in old honey that one gets good medicine" the reasoning behind this is that it is from the aged that the society taps its wisdom and values.

May the Lord God that has started a good thing in the church continue it to the day of Christ. May He enlighten the eyes of our mind so that we can see what hope his call holds for us; What glorious riches he has promised that the saints will inherit. (Eph. 1:18)

Ps. 92:12-15.

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree
they will grow like a Cedar of Lebanon,
Planted in the house of the Lord
They will flourish in the courts of our God
They will still bear fruit in old age
They will stay fresh and green;

Proclaiming, the Lord is upright.

       

Ven. R. O. Ajibola

Coordinator for Aged Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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