The West-Central Africa Division is donating food items to Muslims in the Abobo commune, Sogefiha Mosque, quatre étages as well as to Muslim students at Felix Houphouet-Boigny University in Abidjan.

Posted on Mars 21 2024

Seventh-day Adventist Church: West-Central Africa Division.
The West-Central Africa Division is donating food items to Muslims in the Abobo commune, Sogefiha Mosque, quatre étages as well as to Muslim students at Felix Houphouet-Boigny University in Abidjan.

[Photo: Group photo of the representatives of the Mosque and the delegation from the Division.]
On March 13, 2024, donations were made to our Muslim brothers on two sites. The West-Central Africa Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church showed solidarity with its Muslim friends during the Lenten period. These acts of generosity and compassion contribute to strengthening interreligious ties and promoting peace and harmony among different communities.
By offering donations such as bags of rice, cartons of sugar, milk, tomatoes, spaghetti, oil, and other essential products, the Seventh-day Adventist Church demonstrates its commitment to Muslim brothers.

[Photo : Symbolic donation presentation to students by Pastors Elems, Josiah, and Elder Alexis.]
[Photo : Symbolic donation presentation to the Imams of the Mosque]

The fact that this initiative was carried out in two stages, first at Felix Houphouet-Boigny University with Muslim students, and then at the Sogefiha Mosque in Abobo, shows the extent of the solidarity effort. Pastor Josiah's words expressing the Seventh-day Adventist Church's intention to support its Muslim brothers and sisters during Ramadan and convey their friendship are touching and illustrate the value of interreligious unity in the community. "We have come to offer our support as well as to show our sympathy during this fasting period." These actions embody the principles of compassion, love, and service to others advocated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church and also serve as a testimony to the importance of interfaith solidarity in promoting peace and social assistance.
The words of El Hadj Ibrahima Koné, representative of the Abobo Sogefiha Mosque council, express the deep gratitude and appreciation of the Muslim community towards the Seventh-day Adventist Church for its gesture of solidarity during Ramadan. His testimony highlights the significant impact of Adventists' actions on members of the Muslim community, underscoring the evident willingness to build trust and love between different religions to promote lasting social harmony. "The management committee, the elders' committee, the youth committee, as well as the women's committee, sincerely thank the Seventh-day Adventist Church for honoring us this afternoon by providing us with very important support during our Ramadan period which started since Monday," said Imam Koné. The recognition of the importance of this act of generosity in difficult times for mosque leaders emphasizes the positive effect such gestures of solidarity can have on the well-being and social cohesion within the community.
The donations offered by the Adventist Church are perceived as a significant contribution to meeting needs during the fasting period, thereby allowing everyone to feel supported and cared for, especially during the daily breaking of the fast. Blessings and prayers expressed towards the Seventh-day Adventist Church and its president reflect the respect and recognition of the commitment to the well-being and support of the community, as well as the diligent management of affairs within the West-Central Africa Division. These exchanges testify to the importance of interreligious solidarity and commitment to community service, thereby strengthening the bonds of trust and mutual respect among different religious denominations. For Imam El Hadj Koné, "This gesture shows perfect cohesion and understanding between religions in Côte d'Ivoire. These donations will enable us to take into account all those who come at the time of breaking the fast. May God bless your community and its president, Pastor Robert Osei-Bonsu, in managing the 22 countries within the Division."

[Photo : Pastor Elems, Pastor Josiah, and Elder Alexis in consultation with the College of Imams.]
[Photo : Pastor Elems and his wife in uniform, in blue, Pastor Josiah and Elder Alexis on the extreme left.]

were in attendance at this meeting on behalf of the Division, Pastors Josiah Nwarungwa, Global Mission and Relations with Muslims Department directorand his Associate Elder Alexis Kouadio, Pastor Elems Ugochukwu, Campus Ministries Department director and his wife. Present on behalf of our Muslim brothers were El Hadj Soumahoro, El Hadj Touvoly, both Vice-Rectors of the Mosque, El Hadj Sidibé Séidou, El Hadj Koné Ibrahim, and El Hadj Fofana Mahamadou, the mosque's financial officer.

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