The Adabraka District of The Church of Pentecost, led by the District Minister, Pastor Emmanuel Osei Agyapong, extended support to 22 homeless persons with disabilities at Okaishie, the Central Business District of the national capital, Accra.
Over the years, the Adabraka District has consistently reached out to these often marginalised individuals through its Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs). Through this initiative, the Church has dedicated officers who actively mobilise and minister to the specific needs of people with disabilities (PWDs).
During the visit, Pastor Emmanuel Osei Agyapong uplifted the spirits of the homeless individuals with a message titled “The Lord Needs You,” drawing inspiration from Luke 19:28-31.
He said that just as the Lord had a need for the tied colt, which no one had ever ridden, the Lord loves and has a need for the PWDs hence they should consider themselves God’s beloved and chosen.
He further encouraged them to live righteous lives, highlighting the example of Lazarus, who was attended to by angels when he died.
The members were filled with excitement when Pastor Osei Agyapong challenged them to prepare to share their own testimonies during his next visit. He assured them that provisions had been made to include them in joint District prayers and activities.
Pastor Osei Agyapong also invited interested members to inform the leadership if they wished to learn a trade, as the necessary assistance would be provided.
“Do not lose hope. You are valuable to God. He needs you,” he emphasised, providing words of encouragement to the group.
The members expressed their joy as they were feted and given new clothes.
Alhassan Siedu, who has mobility impairments, shared his gratitude, stating, “Not every church pays attention to us. Some even assume we are seeking handouts when we approach them for magazines. So I am extremely grateful and satisfied that The Church of Pentecost is there for us.”
Comfort Anane, another individual with mobility impairments, appreciated the Church’s intervention. However, she raised a question about the city authorities’ actions, questioning why they prohibit them from selling their handmade artifacts while allowing them to beg on the streets. “They prevent us from selling our goods by the streets, but they turn a blind eye when we resort to begging. Why is that? None of us wants to beg. The city authorities should take this into consideration,” she urged.
For John Quayson, hearing the Word of God ministered to him right where he lives brought immense happiness. “I thank God for today’s message. It has brought transformation to my life,” he shared.
Elder Benjamin Bamfo Ennin, the District Secretary, led three individuals to accept Christ as their Lord and personal Savior. These individuals will soon undergo water baptism, an important step in their spiritual journey, facilitated by the District Pastor, who took the time to fellowship with them.
Report by Elder Caleb Kudah