WOMEN of different sizes and shapes gathered
for four days in Warri in Delta State to seek
heavenly solution to prevailing socio-economic
challenges. From the six geo-political zones of
the country and neigbhouring countries of Benin,
Togo and Cameroun, they came for one purpose;
to ask God to give us this day our daily bread
under the aegis of Daughters of Sarah annual
convention.

Daughters of Sarah Fellowship, also known as
Proverbs 31 Women, is an arm of Word of Life
Bible Church consisting of women above 25 years
of age, married and unmarried, under the
leadership of the Pastor’s wife, Mama Helen
Oritsejafor. Its primary objective is to assist the
church to actualize her vision of Building the
people, that build the nations and empower
women spiritually, physically, materially and
economically by providing an avenue where
women could stand and function amongst others.
The annual event is not only a talk shop for
women as Men, Youths and Children are
encouraged to be part of the life-transforming
spiritual fiesta. It also features an International
Trade Fair where Christians have the opportunity
to showcase their businesses to the world and
take advantage of the convention to make brisk
business.

This year’s DOS convention, described by the
immediate past National President of Christian
Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo
Oritsejafor as the best women convention in the
history of the church, featured Came-rounian
rising star, Rev. Ayuk Raymond Ayuk and
seasoned motivator, Rev. Nkechi Anayo Iloputaife
who joined the church matriarch to assist
delegates realise their potentials to be the best
they can be by beating the rest. It was a time to
refocus on what’s really important in their faith,
family and future as well as a time of healing,
deliverance and salvation.

The opening day was a spectacle as Cameroun-
based Rev. Ayuk Ayuk flagged off the four-day
event with four nuggets on how to give your
Samuel, emphasising that until they change their
approach like biblical Hannah did God will not
remove their re-proach. According to him,
anybody in need of Samuel must adopt the four
cardinal approaches of Hannah of worshipping
God; making a vow; must not be weary if the
priest misunderstand you; and must of necessity
change his/her counterance.

Day two opened with another exposition by the
young charismatic spiritual grandson of Papa
Oritsejafor from Cameroun before the entire
congregation filed out to the exhibition area
outside the auditorium for the dedication of the
trade fair. Guests were treated to several
exhilarating dance performance typical of the
Niger Delta as Edo Dancers, Igbo Dancers, Ijaw
Dancers; Urhobo Dancers and the aristocratic
Itsekiri group all clad in very colourful traditional
attires. Immediately after the highly entertaining
dances with the host couple, Papa and Mama
Oritsejafor actively participating to the delight of
the Word of Life family, Chief Tunde Smooth cut
the tape to declare the trade fair open.

As part of the emancipation of the convening
women materially and economically, there were
two sessions of health and business talks to
enhance skills and to stay ahead of evolving
trends and build their careers while strengthening
others’ small scale businesses; and health talk to
assist them discover less expensive ways to live
inspiring lives through natural beauty, nutrition
and diet, an active lifestyle, and better
relationships.
Rev. Iloputaife started her ministration with words
of encouragement for the women, saying “men
are not superior to women.” But before the
ovation that greeted that assertion died down, she
added: “They (men) are not inferior either. They
are just different from the womenfolk. Women are
builders. If you want to talk about bravery you
talk about women.”

According to her, it’s no longer news that the
world is experiencing economic crisis “but in
every crisis there are opportunities. While Nigeria
is facing economic recession and everybody is
dejected, the current situation provides veritable
opportunities for some to think better and make
breakthroughs.
“Poverty is a sign of a curse. Lack is a sign of
mismanagement,” she said, enjoining her
listeners “they say necessity is the mother of
invention. The theme of the convention, ‘Give us
this day our daily bread’, is very apt because fear
is already exploding in the land. Anxiety is
increasing but the Bible has a word for every
situation. You only need to locate the word for
each day.

In her own ministration to crown the four-day
event, the matriach of the Word of Life Bible
Church, Pastor (Mrs.) Oritsejafor told the
womenfolk that their number one enemy in life is
themselves, stressing “one of the ways we work
against ourselves is when we doubt ourselves
and capabilities. When you doubt your ability, you
are invariably doubting God.”
The Ekiti-born Mama Helen who has spent about
20 years in Warri and still unable to speak pidgin
English fluently, noted that the company the
womenfolk keeps, most likely will determine how
far they would go in life, “follow who know road
and remember to always give God worship at all
times.”

One of the highpoints of the four-day event was
the empowerment programme, where 100 less
privileged members of the church were selected
through balot for N50,000.00 each to either
revamp their businesses or start one. The gift of
the N5 million didn’t come as a surprise to many,
as its one of the core values of the church.
In addition, nearly all the female delegates from
different parts of the country were given a
wrapper each as a memento.


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