MY ENCOUNTER WITH ARM OF HOPE FOUNDATION
The Joint Christian Campus Fellowship (JCCF), University of Port Harcourt often hosts an annual campus wide crusade tagged “COME AND SEE” featuring seasoned men of God across the country to minister God’s Word to the students of the university. The 2012 edition featured the president of the Arm of Hope Foundation, Apst. Eugene Ogu as the major speaker of the program which lasted for three days.
It was during this program in September, 2012 that I had my first encounter with the president of Arm of Hope Foundation. He (AOH President) came to the program like any other men of God used to come year-after-year to minister God’s Word. The 2012 was quite unusual as the President of Arm of Hope Foundation made a call to pray for students whose fathers were no longer alive after sharing a life touching story of his personal experiences in life. Over 300 students came out that day and he announced a scholarship offer for all of them. This was how I became a beneficially of Arm of Hope Foundation Scholarship Scheme without writing any scholarship exam or attending any special ‘church’ service.
The president of Arm of Hope Foundation was not slack concerning this promise as the students’ fees were fully paid in the immediate academic session. The fees were ‘fully paid’ in the sense that students who were found owing years of school fees were not left behind as their bankrupt were fully cleared. Till date, I used to wonder how this organization managed to pay school fees for such a large number of students year after year.
It was my third year in the university and this offer came in at such a time that I needed most as the financial obligations of my academics was becoming too much a burden for my family to bear alone. This scholarship offer was God’s orchestration to lift me from financial lack and academic failure to a level of financial favour and academic excellence. Looking at my spreadsheet, I discovered a positive slope from this period till my graduation as my CGPA gradually moved forward until I was finally among the very few students who graduated with second class honors (upper division, 2.1) from the Department of Gas Engineering, 2015 graduating set,
Today, I am glad to write this story having successfully completed my National Service (NYSC) in Ondo State without any casualty whatsoever.
Finally, my special thanks goes to the Arm of Hope Foundation and all her ever committed partners especially the volunteers, BOT members and the ever supportive ALEMITES for believing in this vision. May God continue to bless you and keep you alive to enjoy the fruit of your labour.
To God alone be all the glory. Amen.
AMB. NYOOR BARITURE
B. Eng., Gas Engineering
Second Class Honors (Upper Division, 21)