The Executive Director of Stephen Children International, Abeokuta, Rev Isaac Newton-Wusu, has called on the church to invest more in the education and rehabilitation of children of persecuted saints in the nation.

Wusu said this at the 14th anniversary/prize-giving day of Stephens Children International’s Abeokuta, Ogun State.

109 students graduated from nursery, primary and secondary schools during the event.

Newton-Wusu said investment in education is an investment in the future of the country, which the church must wake up and get involved in.

He noted that the church would make more sustainable impact in most unreached areas when they invest more in improving the literacy level of those there.

He asserted that it has been discovered that with improved investment in education, so many areas that seem difficult to penetrate with the gospel of Christ will be positively affected.

According to him: “We will do the upcoming generation a good deed when we are able to teach them how to read and write and actively engaged with them in productive venture which will ultimately save them from the bondage of religion.”

He charged the children to take advantage of the education offered them by studying well and obeying school regulations to attain self development.

Newton-Wusu said:  “I want you to know that because God has deposited great potential in you, it beholds on you to bring out that talents in you to contribute to national development of our nation. It starts from your own immediate environment.”

Gospel artiste, Buhci Atuonwu, popularly known as Buchi, challenged the church to do more to alleviate the suffering of orphaned and vulnerable children.

“It is incumbent on everyone to provide shelter, education and spiritual support to vulnerable children around them.

“The child you train today might be the one who would have turned the trigger on you later in life.

“Children who are neglected today may become the warriors that will give the state sleepless nights.

“If we refuse to take care of this defenceless population, they could be breeding a more vicious group of future,” he stressed.