VEGETARIANISM: MEMBERS, GROUPS, AND OTHERS PARTICIPATE IN THE 3RD EDITION OF THE VEGETARIAN RETREAT

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Zaknor Urang

3 Akobi Crescent, Lagos State, venue for the second edition of the International Vegetarian Fellowship Retreat, was filled to its brim as Brotherhood of the Cross and Star members, Christians from other denominations, governmental officials, as well other religious groups, partook in the just concluded annual exercise.

The 2-day event with the theme, “Vegetarianism: Food Prescription by God to Man”, had in its itineraries activities such as; humanitarian visits, house-to-house evangelism, seminar, and vegan exhibitions.

In a report made available to the New Kingdom Trumpet Newspaper by the organizers, the International headship of the Fellowship led other State officials to pay a humanitarian visit to the Nigeria Red Cross Society, Lagos Chapter.

Received by the Director of the Centre, International Chairman of the Fellowship, Archbishop Evans Nwansi, said the visit was aimed at interfacing with government and non-governmental organizations as well as other religious organizations on the need to embrace the practice of vegetarianism. 

Archbishop Nwansi told the Director that it is expedient for the human race to practice vegetarianism, saying that it is the original diet by God for man. He called on the organization to help in propagating the gospel of vegetarianism.

The seminar, which was a core item in the event, featured four papers presented by various resource persons. They were;  ‘Vegetarianism: Food Prescription by God to Man”, presented by the International Chairman; “The Leader Olumba Olumba Obu’s Mandate on Vegetarianism”, presented by the Fellowship’s Director of Evangelism, Archbishop Etta Bisong.

Others include the “Spiritual Benefit of Vegetarianism” by Archbishop Segun Bakare, and the fourth paper was presented by Sister Etimbuk Brownson, on “Mushroom Farming and the Benefit of Eating Mushrooms”.

The vegan exhibition, which was a high point of the event, received commendations from participants, one of which was the Director of the Animal Protection Agency of Nigeria, Chief Adebayo Olugbenga, who affirmed that the organization of BCS is superb and excellent.

In his keynote address to mark the celebration, the International Chairman, Archbishop Nwanzi, expressed gratitude to the Holy Father, His Holiness Olumba Olumba Obu, for approving the retreat. He said the annual event is aimed at spreading, to all nooks and crannies, the gospel and practice of evangelism. 

While lauding the BCS Lagos State administration for the hosting, and participants for turning up for the event, assured them of the Holy Father’s blessings even as he urged them to begin the practice of vegetarianism.

The annual event had its maiden edition in Abia State and the second edition at Rivers State. The third edition will be hosted in Abuja next year.

Thank You, Father

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