By Jude Michael

A pastor of a Pentecostal Church was rescued in the last minute as he attempted to hang himself on a tree. Passer-by, on sighting the pastor attempting to take his life, rushed to him and held him to avoid the rope strangling him before they raised an alarm.

It was reported that the incident happened near Ben Wosley, Ada George, Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The rescuers, alongside some policemen, successfully untied the rope from his neck and poured water on him before he regained consciousness.

Shortly after regaining consciousness, the pastor demanded the whereabouts of his wife and daughter who were both at the scene of the incident crying profusely.

The yet to be identified pastor kept screaming, ‘I’m tired’, when interviewed.

Narrating what led to his action, he said, ‘I’m tired. You people should allow me to die. Since 2000 that I opened my ministry, no members; only 15 members. God, you called me, I have fasted, I have prayed, I have done everything to make sure my church grows. I have gone for evangelism, I have gone for morning call, I have called for night vigil, I have done everything so that my church will grow.’

Speaking further, he said, ‘My colleagues that we went to church school together, they’re doing well. Their churches have grown, they’re travelling abroad, while mine is not growing. I will host crusades, I will not even see money to settle the debts incurred. I have done everything. I cannot even pay my house rent.’

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