Umuezeala Village in Eziobodo Community in Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State erupted in celebration weekend when a six bedroom bungalow belonging to an indigent widow, Mrs Patience Eke was commissioned.
The bungalow was built and donated to the widow by an Anglican priest, Rev Dr. Uchenna Uchehara.
Uchehara, an indigene of Eziobodo Autonomous Community, Owerri West LGA, is the Assistant Chaplain to His Grace, Most Rev Dr Isaac Chijioke Nwaobia, Archbishop of Aba Province and Bishop of Isiala Ngwa South Diocese in Abia state.
The parish priest of St Mark’s Anglican Church Eziobodo, Rev Canon Joel Chima, who dedicated the bungalow, said that his colleague had provoked God’s blessings.
Chima said that the financer of the building had displayed the biblical teaching that, “It is good to give effortlessly to the downtrodden without expecting anything in return. There is a blessing in giving than in receiving. You have by this act of charity displayed that God lives in you. He will bless you bountifully.”
The traditional ruler of Eziobodo Ancient kingdom, Eze Dr. Lucky Okoro, who commissioned the bungalow, said that the priest “has altered the status quo.”
The monarch said, “I am happy that this is happening in my community and during my reign as the traditional ruler. I am elated that Rev Uchehara has built a six bedroom bungalow for this indigent woman at a time when priests and pastors take more from the people.”
The widow, said that the priest had wiped away her tears, saying that she and her children had no hope of living in a modern building.
Speaking to newsmen, the priest said that he had to sell his land to build the house for the widow.
The priest said, “I was moved by the woman’s plight. I told my wife, Lady Cynthia Uchehara, about my plan to sell my land in order to build a house for the indigent widow and she supported me. I am happy that today, this woman and her children have a six bedroom modern bungalow over their head.
“I am only doing what God has instructed me to do. Helping the downtrodden, the have nots, especially the widows who are very close and dear to God. This is also my little way to show that priests and men of God can give to the people, especially the needy than receiving. My joy today is that dream of making sure that the widow lives in a modern bungalow is a reality, today. I can only say, to God be the glory.”