Frami District Organises PWDs Seminar For Frami Community

The Frami District in the Cape Coast Area of The Church of Pentecost has held a day’s seminar for the Frami community, and its environs aimed at promoting the social inclusion of persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The seminar, which took place on 14th August 2021 at the Frami Central Assembly auditorium, was attended by traditional leaders, members of the district as well as the community folks.

Speaking at the event, the National Coordinator for Ministry to Persons With Disabilities (MPWDs) of the Church, Overseer Alexander Nyame, called on the members to demonstrate love towards persons with disabilities in the church and the entire community.

Quoting from Genesis 1:26-27, he mentioned that such people are also created in the image of God and, therefore, must not be neglected. Instead, he urged them to demonstrate love to them and lead them to Christ. 

He further outlined the church’s vision for the PWDs as captured in the five-year strategic vision of the church (Vision 2023) and challenged all to work towards the successful realisation of the vision.

Overseer Alexander Nyame, on behalf of the Church and the MPWDs, donated five wheelchairs and four clutches to church members in the Frami and Dominase District as well as some individuals from Abrafo and Bremang communities.

Overseer Appiah, on behalf of the Frami District, donated a gari-processing machine to the District MPWDs Committee to be used to generate money to support the livelihood of the PWDs in the district.

The Chief of Abrafo Odumase, Nana Amoateng III, expressed his profound gratitude to the Frami District Minister, Overseer Daniel Appiah, for organising such an insightful seminar for members, chiefs, and the community to educate them on the plights of PWDs and the need to care for them. He further thanked the church for its continuous support for PWDs.

The seminar was attended by Pastor Felix Zee-Shi (Dominase District Minister), some District MPWDs Coordinators in the Cape Coast Area, members of Frami and Dominase districts, chiefs, Queen mothers and traditional leaders from Frami, Abrafo-Odumase, Mbem and Bremang communities.


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MPWD Donates To Wa School For The Blind, Others

The Ministry to Persons With Disabilities (MPWDs), a specialised ministry of The Church of Pentecost, has donated items valued at GH¢16,795.00 to the Wa School for the Blind and 10 wheelchairs to some Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in Wa and Tumu Areas of the church.

Among the many items donated were 50 white canes, two audio Bible listening devices, 10 bags of 50kg rice, five maxi bags of maize, five gallons of 25 litre oil, three boxes of tin fish, three boxes of tin tomatoes, three cartons of milk and 230 packs of cooked food.

Making the presentation to the Wa School for the Blind on Saturday, April 10, 2021, the National Coordinator of MPWDs, Overseer Alexander Nyame, stated that the gesture was part of the Church’s Vision 2023 agenda of “Possessing the Nations.”

He stated that students in specialised institutions do not pay fees and that the donation from the Church was to compliment the government’s effort and to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to them.

Rev. Grace Amoako, the Headmistress of the school, described the donation as timely. She was full of praise and appreciation to God and The Church of Pentecost for the gesture.

The Girl’s Prefect of the school, Barikise Mumuni, who was also delighted about the gesture, prayed for God’s blessing upon the church.

In an exhortation, Overseer Benjamin Teye Djabanor of Tanvaare District spoke on the topic, “The Mystical Love and Will of God for Us.” Reading from Ephesians 1:7-12 and 1 John 5:11-12, he established that the mystical love and will of God for humanity can only be found in Jesus Christ. He, therefore, challenged the students to give their lives to Christ.

In a related development, the MPWDs National Coordinator, on Friday, April 9, 2021, presented wheelchairs to individuals with various degrees of disabilities to aid their mobility. In all, a total of 10 wheelchairs were donated to PWDs in Sombo, Nandom, Eremon, Lawra, Kunfabiala, Babile, all in the Upper West Region.

By the grace of God, 11 persons were won during the presentation of the items to the PWDs. Five were won during a wheelchair presentation at Lambussie and another six at Wa School for the Blind.

Present were the Wa Area Head, Apostle Daniel Nii Tetteh Tackie, and some ministers in the Area.

Report by Pastor Gordon Ansah, Wa.

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Kete Krachi Area Constructs House For Couple With Disability

It was certainly a day to remember for Mr Lanaang, a 73-year-old man with visual impairment (blind), and his wife, Mrs Lanaang, a 58-year-old woman with hearing impairment (deaf) when the Kete Krachi Area Head, Pastor Joseph Danzerl, handed over a newly constructed residential building to the couple.

The building, which was jointly constructed by the Kete Krachi Area and the Bladjai District, has a kitchen and washroom facilities.

The building was handed over to the couple during a special ceremony held on Thursday, December 17, 2020, at the Digangam No. 2 Assembly church auditorium.

Before the gesture, the couple were virtually homeless due to the deplorable state of their place of abode. The mud structure, in which they were previously living, had collapsed and its roof almost entirely ripped off due to a heavy downpour. The couple had since been left with no option than to sleep in the “death trap” exposed to harsh weather conditions. 

The couple was highly elated and could not help but shed tears of joy. Mr Lanaang thanked the Area Head and the entire membership of The Church of Pentecost for the extraordinary gesture. 

At the same event, 62-year-old Peter Nakokuah, who also has physical disability (crippled) from the waist down, was presented a wheelchair by the National Coordinator for the Ministry to Persons With Disabilities (MPWDs), Overseer Alexander Nyame, on behalf of the ministry.

Upon receiving the wheelchair, an awe struck Mr Nakokuah said “I thank The Church of Pentecost very much for what they have done for me. I have never seen such an act of kindness in my entire life. Today is the happiest day of my life.”

Exhorting the audience at the event, Pastor Danzerl admonished Christians to take a cue from what Jesus said in Matthew 25:35-40 and be mindful that any act of kindness we show to persons with disabilities, we do it to Jesus. 

Report by Pastor Emmanuel Kenin (Kete Krachi Area) 

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MPWDs Mark International Day of Persons With Disabilities

The Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) of The Church of Pentecost participated in the maiden Disability Inclusion Summit organised to commemorate this year’s International Day of Persons With Disabilities.

The event, organised by the National Council on Persons with Disability of Ghana in collaboration with the stakeholders in the disability fraternity, was held at the International Conference Centre in Accra, under the theme: “Not All Disabilities Are Visible: Building Standards for Disability-Inclusive and Sustainable Post COVID-19 Ghana.”

In attendance were delegates from the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, the host ministry, representatives of the government, members of parliament, heads of missions of Embassies in Ghana, other organisations of persons with disabilities, civil society organisations that promote the interests of PWDs, representatives from academia, and other development partners,

The Church of Pentecost was also represented at the event by the MPWDs Coordinator, Overseer Alexander Nyame.

The purpose of the meeting was to get all stakeholders together to work towards the removal of barriers to the inclusion and advocate for the equalisation of opportunities for persons with disabilities in society.

Among other things, the forum sought to critically assess the situation of disability mainstreaming in Ghana, including the implementation of laws, existing policies and programmes, and statutory strategies for disability inclusion.

The Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) is a ministry of The Church of Pentecost which was birthed in the Vision 2023 that promotes the full inclusion of PWDs in the church and society by ministering to PWDs through effective evangelism and discipleship, as well as creating an enabling environment to promote their spiritual, emotional and personal growth so that they would impact the Church, their communities, and nations.

The International Day of Persons With Disabilities is a day (December 3, 2020) earmarked to celebrate persons with disabilities across the globe, promote the rights and well-being of PWDs in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.


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New Tafo District Supports Person With Disability

The New Tafo District of The Church of Pentecost has presented a deep freezer refrigerator to Madam Akosua Nyantakyiwaa, a Person with Disability (PWD) in the church to enable her to make ends meet.

The district has also granted two brilliant but needy students in the church scholarships to enable them to pursue their university education.

The package was presented to Madam Nyantakyiwaa on Sunday, December 6, 2020, at the M. K. Yeboah Temple.

According to the District Minister, Pastor Seth Dwamena Asante, Madam Akosua Nyantakyiwaa, a deaf-mute in the district, was given the support to empower her financially without inconveniences.

Elder David Kwadwo Amoako, the District Coordinator for the MPWD, said that the church seeks to reach out to all needy persons to raise them from destitution to be useful persons in the body of Christ.

“She is not the only one with disability, there are a few others. This is just the beginning of what we are doing. We want to extend our arms to all PWDs in the church to nurture them for Christ,” he said.

The eldest daughter of Madam Nyantakyiwaa, Akosua Akyiaa, expressed her sincere thanks to God and the church for coming to the aid of her mother with a life-transforming asset. She said the package will go a long way to expand her mother’s table-top trade.

“She used to have a small fridge for selling drinks to school children. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is unable to sell again and she will really benefit from this asset,” she said, adding, “We are very grateful to The Church of Pentecost for this assistance. May the good Lord continue to bless this church to be able to reach out to others like my mother.”

Pastor Dwamena Asante revealed that sign languages will soon be employed in the church with disability-friendly facilities to make church service conducive for PWDs.

The Church of Pentecost’s commitment to possessing the nations as agents of transformation is not only about preaching the gospel message but assisting the underprivileged in society and extending the fellowship of Christ towards them.

The Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWD) was established to build a strong ministry to PWDs through effective evangelism and discipleship, as well as create an enabling environment to promote their spiritual, emotional, and personal growth in order to impact the church, their communities, and the nations.

Report by Owusu Dennis.

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Agormanya Area MPWD Officially Launched

The Agormanya Area of The Church of Pentecost, under the leadership of Apostle James Gabriel Quardson, has officially launched its Ministry to Persons With Disabilities (MPWD) to sensitise members of the Area and the general public on the significance of the new ministry.

The event, which took place on Thursday, November 26, 2020, brought together Persons living with Disabilities (PWDs) from all the districts in the Area as well as ministers and wives of the Area.

The MPWD is a ‘brainchild’ of the 5-year strategic vision of The Church of Pentecost dubbed Vision 2023 with the overarching goal of “Possessing the Nations – Equipping the Church to transform every Sphere of Society with Values and Principles of the Kingdom of God.”

Speaking at the occasion, the Director of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development in the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly, Mrs. Naa A. Ofosu, advised all stakeholders of the society to embrace PWDs so that they would feel part of the society.

She admonished PWDs to judiciously utilize the supports they have been receiving from the Government of Ghana through the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development.

The Area Head, Apostle Quardson, on his part, admonished ministers to meticulously commit themselves to the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities for the achievement of the church’s vision in the Area.

He urged the church to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all persons, including PWDs, saying, “Persons with Disabilities are souls that must be incorporated in the discipleship structures of our churches.”

Report by Agormanya Area Media Team.

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Yendi Area MPWD Stakeholders Sensitization Workshop Yields 7 Souls

The Yendi Area of The Church of Pentecost has held a day’s stakeholders sensitization workshop for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) under the theme, “Raising Awareness On Barriers To Inclusion For Persons With Disabilities.”

The event, which took place at the Saboba Central assembly on Wednesday, November 25, 2020, brought together the District Coordinating Director of the Saboba District Assembly, the officer-in-charge of the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development, Leadership of the Disability Associations, members of the Church and the general public. A total of 130 participants attended the programme.

In his exhortation, the Area Head, Pastor Emmanuel Kojo Aidoo, admonished the participants to emulate the love of God shown to them by Christ (John 3:16). He stressed from Matthew 14:13-18 that Jesus Christ also demonstrated his love for humanity by willingly dying on the cross for us. Not only that, he said, Jesus also provided for the vulnerable and weary who had followed him by feeding them with bread and fish.

Pastor Aidoo encouraged the participants to show their love to the less privileged by meeting their physical needs as well. During the altar call, seven (7) participants gave their lives to Christ.

The Yendi Area MPWD Coordinator, Overseer Martin Ossom Boafo, took participants through “Barriers impeding access to the inclusion of PWDs in the society.”

The District officer-in-charge for the Department of Social Welfare and Community Development also treated the topic, “Government Interventions available for PWDs and how to access them.”

The Saboba District District Coordinating Director, Mr. Yakubu Jimah, praised the church for the initiative taken to bring together stakeholders to highlight issues facing PWDs. He used the opportunity to enumerate some government interventions available for PWDs.

Report by Overseer Martin Ossom Boafo (Yendi Area Reporter).

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Juapong District Holds Non-Denominational Seminar For Persons With Disabilities

The Juapong District in the Agormanya Area of The Church of Pentecost has organised a non-denominational seminar for all persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the area.

The meeting was held on September 13, 2020, at the Juapong Central assembly under the theme, “Ministering to Persons with Disabilities.”

The District Minister, Pastor Joseph Anenyah Ntoso, appreciated the leadership of the Church for introducing the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) in the Church. He noted that the new ministry has ignited the passion to minister, address, and solve some of the challenges facing the PWDs.

In a sermon which he titled, “In Christ Jesus, Disability is Not Inability” (Genesis 18:14, Exodus 4:11), Pastor Ntoso entreated the PWDs to have faith in Jesus Christ, worship Him alone, and submit to His authority. “Jesus is the only one who can give you hope and a better future. He has all powers to transform your current situation,” he noted.

Referring to Abraham and Sarah’s condition, he explained that God is sovereign and He does things according to His own will, time and purpose. He admonished the PWDs not to despise their current conditions since nothing is too hard for God, saying, “Is there anything difficult for God?” he quizzed.

Using his own life experience as a case study, Pastor Ntoso said that one of his sons who became lamed got up and walked when the Lord intervened. He admonished them to cast all their burdens on Jesus and trust Him for better things because He is aware of their conditions.

The leader of the PWD Association in Juapong, Mr. John Nartey, thanked the leadership of The Church of Pentecost for having the welfare of the PWDs at heart. He, however, pleaded with the government to continually support them as the Church has also come on board. 

The occasion was used to collate a database of all PWDs in the Juapong District. Participants were also made to outline their challenges and requests for future assistance.

The event ended with a refreshment which was sponsored by Pastor Ntoso and his son, Deacon Prosper Anenyah Ntoso. The participants could not hide their joy and appreciation to the Church for the gesture of love demonstrated to them. 44 PWDs including children attended the meeting.

Also in attendance were Elders Solomon Leigh (Assistant Coordinator, Agormanya Area Ministry to Persons With Disabilities), Isaac Owusu (Area MPWD Committee Member), and Deaconess Patience Gyau (Juapong District MPWD Coordinator).

Report by Agormanya Area Media Team.


Assakae District PEMEM Supports Persons With Disabilities

The Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM) of the Assakae District in the Takoradi Area has donated some items to persons with disabilities (PWDs) within Assakae community in the Effia Kwesimintsim Municipality as part of activities marking the recently held 2020 National PEMEM Week Celebration.

The items were donated on behalf of the men in the district by the District Ministry Leader, Elder Samuel Afriyie Kumah, assisted by the District Minister, Pastor Ernest Perbi-Asare on Friday, September 18, 2020.

Elder Afriyie Kumah, in an interview with PENTECOST NEWS, said that the donation was made to support the livelihoods of PWDs in the community so that they would be able to cope with the economic hardship brought on Ghanaians due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pastor Perbi-Asare charged members not to discriminate against PWDs in the church as well as in the community but rather show them love by emulating the love that Jesus Christ demonstrated to all humanity.

The District Leader for the Ministry to Persons With Disabilities (MPWDs), Deacon Samuel Nkrumah took the opportunity to explain the church’s vision for the introduction of the MPWDs as captured in the 5-year strategic vision of The Church of Pentecost (Vision 2023: Possessing the Nations) and how the church ensuring the full inclusion of PWDs in the church and society.

The highly-excited PWDs who benefited from the kind gesture were grateful to God that the Assakae District had remembered them in this difficult time.



Deaconess Dinah Adjei Fetes PWDs On 60th Birthday

Deaconess (Mrs) Dinah Oppong Kyera Adjei of the Sarpeiman District in the Achimota Area of The Church of Pentecost celebrated her 60th birthday by organising a special get-together for some persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the church.

The well-patronised event, which took place on Sunday, August 30, 2020, at the Kwashieman Official Town Assembly (KOTA) church auditorium, was organised to thank the Lord for the life of Deaconess Dinah Adjei. The event also marked her retirement from active service in the Ghana Education Service (GES).

According to the retiring deaconess, she was led to mark the occasion with persons with disabilities because they are also creations of God and must not be sidelined in the church. She, therefore, lauded the leadership of the church, particularly the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, for introducing the Ministry to Persons With Disabilities (MPWDs), which seeks to promote the full inclusion of PWDs in the church and society.

She also expressed gratitude to the National Coordinator of the MPWDs, Overseer Alexander Nyame, who served as the chairperson for the occasion, and other MPWDs members present, for accepting the invitation to join her for the special occasion.

The Deaf Ministry Coordinator, Pastor Reuben Peter Wuni in a brief sermonette at the event commended Deaconess Adjei for the thoughtful gesture.

He said that the gesture is in line with a command by the Lord Jesus in Luke 14:12-14 which admonishes persons with the wherewithal to extend kindness and love to the less privileged or disadvantaged people groups such as persons with disabilities.

He said that PWDs should not be discriminated against in the church and society because they are also children of God.

Pastor Wuni, therefore, urged believers to make conscious efforts to reach out to PWDs and support them when they can, bearing in mind that PWDs also have souls that ought to be saved. “We must not forget that there will be no person with a disability in heaven; we will all be the same,” he asserted.

Present at the event were the Kwashieman Official Town District Minister, Pastor Emmanuel Dzemekey Agbeko, the wife of MPWDs Coordinator, Mrs Evelyn Nyame, officers and members of KOTA as well as relatives and friends of the birthday celebrant.

Report by MPWDs Media Committee