The Living Faith Church (LFC), Kubwa, Abuja, on Sunday empowered 285 members with working tools to start off small scale businesses.
The empowerment programme organised by the Winners Satellite Fellowship (WSF) Unit of the church started on June 26 with 315 members indicating interest.
The worshippers were trained in bead making, vulcanising, cooking, DSTV installation, production of recharge cards and production of customised business cards, among other skills.
Mr Emmanuel Ibiwoye, Resident Pastor of the church, said the empowerment was to reduce the number of worshippers coming to ask for welfare from the church and as well encourage them to be self reliant.
“This programme is to ensure that as we are not only preaching to people to be born again, we also want to impact their lives positively by empowering them to do something for themselves.
“In most cases people come to the church for alms, food and help in one way or the other, but giving them something to make money for themselves will reduce that.
“We are trying to teach people how to fish and not giving them fish to eat every time,” Ibiwoye said.
The priest expressed optimism that the empowered worshippers would prosper and make profits in their respective businesses.
He added that with their hard work, the worshippers were expected to return with good reports and how successful they would be.
Mr Churchill Enahoro, the Associate Pastor and Coordinator WSF, said the church needed to empower its members to ensure that the rate of poverty among worshippers was reduced to the barest minimum.
Enahoro urged the beneficiaries to put in their efforts into whatever they were to do and as well step down the empowerment skill they had received.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that 48 persons were trained in soap making, 25 in DSTV installation, 12 in customised business card production, 47 in bead making and 18 in cooking, among others.
NAN also reports that manual grinding machines, cooking utensils, food storage containers, hair salon equipment and other items were distributed to the beneficiaries.
Mrs Fadakemi Bikisu, who was given a manual grinding machine, lauded the efforts of the church and its leadership towards ensuring that members worship God with happiness.
Bikisu said that the empowerment was an avenue to encourage worshippers who were lagging behind in the service of God.