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PAUL ADEFARASIN’S NOVEL APPROACH TO PRISON OUTREACH

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PAUL ADEFARASIN’S HOUSE ON THE ROCK FEEDS THE COMMUNITY

The Prisons Unit of The House On The Rock was established in 2000 by Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the Senior Pastor of the Church. Through the years, the unit has been instrumental in executing many noteworthy community projects within the various prisons in Lagos State.

Their services include the provision of legal aid (resulting in the exoneration of more than 4,000 wrongfully accused and illegally detained persons and clemency for many more), medical aid and supplies, education initiatives (helping inmates to read and write, and supporting them in taking the GCSE exams), infrastructure projects and rehabilitation programmes.

As part of their rehabilitation programme, inmates receive business skills training to ensure that they become productive members of the society upon their release. The Unit has also been instrumental in aiding the former inmates in starting and running successful businesses.

Recently, Pastor Paul Adefarasin presented three former inmates with a Saloon car and 2 Tri-Cycles (popularly known as ‘Keke Marwa’) to launch them into business in the transportation sector. This was done during a special service earlier this month.

Last year, the Unit organised the first ever inter-prison sports that saw the bringing together of sports teams from all the prisons in Lagos State namely the Ikoyi, Badagry, Kiri-Kiri Minimum, Maximum and Women’s prisons for various sporting activities including football. The Ikoyi Prison participants won this maiden competition.

As part of their outreach initiatives last year, a modern set of toilet facilities donated by the Church at the Ikoyi Prisons was commissioned by Mr. Tolu Ogunsakin, Deputy Controller of Prisons, Ikoyi. This would help improve hygiene, sanitation and other health and environmental benefits among the inmates.

Other projects embarked on through the years include a crèche for the Women’s prison, security posts, repair of the buses used to transport the prisoners, refurbishment of one auditorium and some offices to mention a few.

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Pears Baby Of The Year Winner 2019

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Unilever Nigeria Plc., makers of the Pears Baby range, has announced the winner and two runners-up in the Pears ‘Baby of the Year’ competition at the finale held on Thursday, 22 August, 2019. The three babies were selected from over 1,400 entries received across the country.

Themed ‘Cuteness Overload’, interested parents participated in the contest by sharing creative pictures of their children – none older than three years old – with a range of Pears products. Entries were also subjected to online voting with shortlisted candidates proceeding to the next round of the competition.

During the finale held at Radisson hotel, Ikeja, Actor, Dakore Egbuson-Akande and Nigerian singer, Timi Dakolo, presided as judges.

The winning families received prizes at the event, with the 2019 ‘Baby of the Year,’ Kamgharida Harvey Udokogu receiving N1million, while the first and second runners-up, Afolayan Armstrong Irekristi and Obenta Fiyinfolouwa Alicia were rewarded with N500,000 and N250,000 respectively.

Delivering her welcome address, Mrs Bunmi Adeniba, Marketing Director, Unilever Ghana Nigeria, emphasised that Pears has been in the market for over 50 years, and has consistently fulfilled its promise of providing pure, mild and gentle products for mothers and their babies.

“The journey of the Pears ‘Baby of the Year’ competition started months ago with over 1,400 babies, and we are very grateful to all the family and friends who have been with us since the beginning. Thank you for sharing the warmth and joy of your babies with us all through this competition,” she said.

Over the years, Pears has continued to conscientiously produce baby care products that keep the baby’s skin nourished and healthy.




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PAUL ADEFARASIN’S NOVEL APPROACH TO PRISON OUTREACH
PAUL ADEFARASIN’S NOVEL APPROACH TO PRISON OUTREACH

Last year, despite having several community projects running concurrently, the charismatic Senior Pastor of the House On The Rock Churches, Pastor Paul Adefarasin spear-headed another community impact initiative called PROJECT FEED (FEED stands for Feed, Enable, Empower and Deliver Dominion). Administered directly out of the Rock Cathedral located in Lekki, Lagos, this Project feeds 100s of indigent people in the community surrounding the premises of the Church.

Initially modelled after an inner city soup kitchen, this project has since evolved into an empowerment scheme for providing much-needed vocational, technical and personal skills training to many.

Project FEED is a passion project that started by feeding about 150 people immediately after the Sunday service. It has now grown in the last few months to feeding more than 500 + people weekly with dietary staples like rice, chicken, moi-moi (bean cakes) and chicken, effectively bringing the number of people fed by the House on the Rock Church weekly to more than 2,000 (including those fed during the weekly urban outreaches to the area boys on Lagos Island). In addition to these weekly meals, donations of clothes, personal hygiene products and free medical care are provided to those in need.

The focus of PROJECT FEED is on meeting the immediate need of providing meals to the people and equipping them with the skills they need to have fulfilling lives. Consequently, about 30 promising men and women with the capacity and affinity for technical studies, have been selectively chosen to participate in several intensive skills training courses in various proficiencies such as carpentry, electrical repairs, catering, welding, tailoring, painting, driving etc. thus ensuring that they become productive members of the community, able also to help others.

A serial community Reformer, Paul Adefarasin has stated that his incentive for these transformational projects is to show God’s love to those who are in need and disadvantaged. He states that, “We like to see ourselves at House on the Rock as culturists, where we are not only intervening in human need and areas of human degradation but we are also creating a popular culture so that it becomes fashionable for other Churches, other Christians, corporate organisations and banks, to do likewise. Hopefully, Church bodies, which are veritable social nets, can become conduits for channelling food products, food items to people who have need”.

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Paul Adefarasin and Ifeanyi’s #10YearChallenge photos are flawless

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The 10-year challenge has been trending on social media for a while now. The theme of the post entails a side by side photo of oneself from 2008 and 2018, or 2009 and 2019. This meme goes further to highlight one’s journey of growth and fulfilment, and this is what House On The Rock’s Senior Pastor Paul Adefarasin and wife Ifeanyi Adefarasin have shared on social media.


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From celebrities to regular Instagram friends, funny submissions, as well as inspirational posts, have been made to reveal how people have ‘glowed-up’ over the years. Pastor Paul Adefarasin, the founder and senior pastor of the House on the Rock church also participated in this makeover, but his pictures appear flawless and timeless. Alongside the image, he informed his Instagram followers of the faithfulness of God in his life over a good number of years.

God’s faithfulness captured in his #10yearschallenge post gives a mental picture of freshness as Pastor Paul Adefarasin looked as though he was not ageing. Indeed, looking back offers the opportunities of gratitude and possible evaluation of one’s past goals and achievements.

Back to 1994 when Pastor Paul Adefarasin returned to Lagos and founded the House On The Rock church and the Rock Foundation, it has grown to a ministry with over 7, 000 worshipers on Sunday mornings and several daughter churches in Europe and Africa. Growth is no doubt synonymous to Pastor Paul Adefarasin’s journey. The Metropolitan Senior Pastor is also the host of The Experience, the largest musical concert in Africa that unites various Christian artistes with a yearly attendance of over 500, 000 people at the venue, with millions of people streaming live online and on Television. He is also involved in rehabilitation and empowerment programs that have transformed the lives of many people.

This concept of #10yearchallenge gives friendly voice to the downtrodden and hope for a better tomorrow. In this same light, Pastor Paul’s beautiful wife, Ifeanyi Adefarasin also shared a throwback picture that proves how radiant she has been all these years with a caption – ‘Gratitude.’

Indeed, the trending meme revealed that everyone has evolved.

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