The first ever very successful online (zoom-enabled) international conference of Christ Hospital Ministry themed ‘Care and Compassion’ was held on the 5th of September 2020.
It also marked the 20th anniversary of Christ Hospital Ministry as a non-denominational Christian charity organisation. It was a glorious occasion that brought our volunteers from various parts of the world together for a momentous and joyous occasion. Because of the social distancing rule due to the coronavirus pandemic, it meant a face to face conference could not be held, therefore an online convening was organised instead. Thanks be to God Almighty for technology and the wisdom given to men
Again it is to the glory of God and the dedication of the CHM UK management committee that the conference went very smoothly. Not to forget of course the organisational skills of our inimitable publicity secretary, Elder Lawrence Fawehinmi who doubled as the conference manager and chief host of the occasion. His wife, Mrs Titi Fawehinmi, a widely experienced food technologist, was the special health seminar speaker of the day and her talk on ‘Healthy eating post COVID-19’ was very concise, incisive and informative. Yes, together they are our own ‘double act.’
Testimonies of The Lord’s miracles and healings both spiritually and physically, from various parts of the world where CHM is represented, was the highlight of the programme for the day – indeed The Lord is good and His mercy endures forever. Of course, the international president of CHM was present and in his speech he made a rallying call to CHM volunteers worldwide to continue in their work of care and compassion remembering that their service in the Lord is not in vain. He also seized the opportunity to pray and intercede for the sick.
And continuing in the same vein regarding the Lord’s goodness but on a rather different note, we received very pleasant news last month of the nomination of one of our volunteers in the person of Sister Tinu Oni for a national award, the British Empire Medal (BEM). This is in recognition of her contribution to the transformation of corporate services programme in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and her enviable service in the community through Christ Hospital Ministry, the Prison Ministry, We Care Group and All Nations Centre Kennington, London. She will in due course receive her award at a royal ceremony in Buckingham palace.
Also Mr Olumuyiwa Olanrewaju, a veteran Premier Radio DJ and presenter and a renowned gospel music artiste who has been a long term supporter of CHM UK was nominated for an OBE (Officer of the order of the British Empire) for his services to music. He enjoys the unique honour of being the first UK gospel artiste to be awarded an OBE. We in CHM UK expressly congratulate these two recipients and we wish them both many more fruitful years of faithful service to God and humanity in the land of the living. It is of course the Lord’s doing and it’s marvellous in our eyes.