There is only one way to console a widow, but that one way is by being able to remember the risk. Corporate religious citizen and world renowned KICC Senior Pastor, Matthew Ashimolowo, has been taking the risk for over a decade.
Come this Saturday, the record breaking event holds at the bustling remote town of Odeomu in Osun State. The Annual Widows Empowerment Event organized by Matthew and Yemisi Ashimolowo, founders of Kingsway International Churches, is an event always looked forward to by not only residents in Odeomu but also adjoining communities like Ikire and Gbogan.
The Widows empowerment event holds this weekend, Saturday, January 6th, 2017 at the Kings University Campus, Odeomu in Aiyedaade local government area LGA and women from communities like Isokan, Ikire, Apomu, Ikoyi, Oshogbo, ile-ife, Modakeke and Odeomu will be empowered with funds and clothing materials among other things.
Speaking in a media brief in Lagos, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo said everything has been put in place to ensure the success of the empowerment ceremony. He said in the company of his lieutenants Pastor Femi Faseru, Sam Tosin-Vincent and the outreach coordinator, Lara Odebunmi that he and his wife, Yemisi for twelve years have been hosting widows and empowering them at his hometown, Odeomu.
This year’s event is a record breaking event of celebrating seventeen thousand widows. Twelve is a significant number in the journey of life and also in this outreach we celebrate twelve years of grace and continual empowerment of widow’s outreach. Interestingly we started with 350 widows in 2005 and now by the blessings of Jehovah, we are feeding and blessing 17,000 widows from different widow networks and diverse places. Also interestingly, sixty percent of the widows are Muslims and we believe God is the husband to widows hence, our intervention," Pastor Matthew stated.
Odeomu which houses Kings University has received hundreds of students and a great number are on scholarship from Matthew Ashimolowo. According to reports, the ministry has set aside between fifty-five million naira for this year’s empowerment project.