Centre for Blissful Home Initiative trains, commissions 140 Community change Actors in Ondo
A Non–Governmental Organization known as the Centre for Blissful Home Initiative has trained no fewer than 140 Community Change actors and disciples in Ondo state, for the rehabilitation and transformation of people for a better Society.
The trainees that came from different zones from across the state on Saturday graduated as the first cohorts having gone through a nine- month intensive training to disciple Christians for greater societal impact through the Master Life Training.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony and commissioning of the first cohorts in Akure,the state capital, the Executive Director of the Centre, Revd. John Oladapo said: “This training of the Cohort of Community of Change Actors started on 4th July 2021 with 192 participants and ended on 3rd of March 2022 with 140 participants:
Akure -40 people, Owo – 29 people, Ondo -27 people, Ore – 23 people,Ikare – 12 people, Akungba- 9 people making it a good nine months of intensive coaching, using the Master Life Discipleship Training manual of the Nigerian Baptist Convention. 52 people were unable to complete the course.
“Through this course, the disciples have been taught to be well informed responsible followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, to social change agents, dependable ambassadors of peace who are equipped to go into the society for the rehabilitation of people so that lives of people can be transformed for a better Society.
“We call you cohort because we know and believe that with the training you have received, you are becoming companions and supporters of Centre for Blissful Home Initiative in transforming lives of people around you, that is what we have been emphasizing since the beginning of the training that we are sending you out to replicate the training in your different communities across the state.
“I must appreciate all the facilitators that were engaged to train this first set across the state, you have done tremendously well in making your contributions for the promotion of a better Society.I must hugely appreciate all those who believe in us and support this Initiative and her Programmmes, may God continue to bless you all. I appreciate your love and support.”
In a remark, Dr. Saturday Obateru, President, Ondo State Baptist Conference charged the change agents to go back into their various communities to disciple others, as discipleship was the hallmark of the christian faith.
In his charge, Revd Father Anselm Ologunwa, Ondo State CAN Chairman represented by his deputy, Bishop Daniel Akomolafe congratulated the Centre For Blissful Home Initiative for coming up with the programme, expressing optimism that it will further strengthen the gospel of Christ.
The Chairman, Governing Board of the Centre, Rev. Dr. Amos Omorisemi commended the founder, Rev. Oladapo for the initiative, saying it will go a long way in nipping in the bud social vices at the grassroots.
Dr. Omorisemi who also charged the change actors to go into their various communities to replicate what they have learnt, further urged them to live a life of impact
Also in a charge read from Matt.28: 16-20, and titled ” Community Change Actors: Knowing,Being and Doing, Rev. Dr. Foluke Ola charged the agents to become “a being and doing disciple” wherever they find themselves.
She urged them to be slower in reading the Bible and prayers but must be deeper in thoughts so as to get the message of God.
She said: “Having gone through this programme, People must see the changes in you and share good testimony about you.
“You must be relational as change agents and sustain your relationship with others cohorts. You must be give to others what has been given to you through this training.”
Some of the graduating disciples shared their testimonies on the impact of the training.
A trainee, Pastor Samuel Oluyomiju said he had learnt the importance of aligning ones self to God’s purpose saying he is a changed man who now derived so much joy in impacting other lives.
Another trainee, Mrs Omowumi Oluwabusuyi from Ore town recounted her encounter with a drug addict who is a student and how God used her to change his life for good.
Also sharing, Mrs. Solademi Victoria said she is now well informed as a leader, accomplished and ready to serve others.
Highlight of the event was the presentation of certificates to all the trainees.