MPWDs & Partners Donate 200 Assistive Devices To PWDs WEB

MPWDs & Partners Donate 200 Assistive Devices To PWDs

The Ministry to Persons With Disability (MPWDs), a specialised ministry of The Church of Pentecost, in collaboration with Covenant Family Care Mission and Joni & Friends, has donated over 200 assistive devices to persons with disabilities (PWDs) in seven areas of the church in the Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regions of Ghana.

The presentation ceremony, which took place at PIWC-Sunyani from Monday, 21st to Friday, 25th August 2023, benefited both Church members and non-members from the Sunyani, Brekum, Techiman, Atebubu, Kintampo, and Duayaw Nkwanta Areas.

The devices included 105 wheelchairs, 24 Arm Clutches, 20 Walking Sticks, 14 Walkers, and 45 White Canes. Each beneficiary also received a Bible and a book by Joni Eareckson Tada. Persons with visual impairment also received Audio Bibles.

The Counseling Ministry of the Sunyani Area, led by Pastor Dennis Sasu, provided counseling to the beneficiaries and their aids, resulting in 62 souls being won for Christ.

The beneficiaries were full of joy, and expressed their gratitude to God and the Church for such interventions.

In attendance were Apostle James Gabriel Quardson (Sunyani Area Head), Pastor Alexander Nyame (National Coordinator for MPWDs), Pastor Samuel Kwaku Asare (PIWC, Sunyani), Pastor Mark Owusu Ansah (Fiapre District), and coordinators from the respective Areas.

Report by Overseer Collins Owusu Pinamang (MPWDs Coordinator for Sunyani)

Offinso Area Head Celebrates Birthday With Persons With Disabilities web

Offinso Area Head Celebrates Birthday With Persons With Disabilities

The Offinso Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Edzii Davidson, on Sunday, July 23, 2023, held a special church service with members of the Ministry to Persons With Disabilities (MPWD) assembly at the Physically Challenged Action Foundation Special School at Offinso Obuasi in the Ashanti Region to mark his birthday.

Apostle Davidson, together wife his wife, Mrs Winnifred Edzii Davidson, decided to put smiles on the faces of the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) as he presented asserted products such as bags of rice, milo, Indomie, mackerel, toiletries among others, in addition to a cash donation of GHC 2,000.00, totalling about GHS 6,250.00 to the facility. 

Addressing the inmates, Apostle Davidson quoted from 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 and spoke on the topic, “Repositioned for a maximum impactful life.” He encouraged them to live an impactful life, saying, “A life of impact is leaving one’s footprint on the sands of time and eternity,” adding, “We need to leave an indelible footprint that cannot be erased.” 

He emphasised that when one lives an impactful life, even the forces of hell and time cannot forget it. 

Apostle Samuel Edzii Davidson ordained Sylvester Barimah Antwi, the facility’s founder, as an elder of the church during the event. 

The Area Head praised Elder Antwi for his excellent work, dedication, passion, and love for humanity, especially people with disabilities. He encouraged him to continue his good works and live an impactful life, leaving an indelible footprint for posterity to emulate.

Responding to the honour done him, Elder Barimah Antwi expressed his sincerest gratitude to the church’s leadership, especially Apostle Edzii Davidson, for endorsing his calling and ordaining him as an officer of the church. 

“I appreciate the honour done me and pray for unction to function,” he said.

Speaking to PENTECOST NEWS, Apostle Edzii Davidson appealed to the public to support Elder Antwi and his foundation to continue assisting people with disabilities. 

“The best way to know about the relevance of the physically challenged school like Physically Challenged Action Foundation is to ask yourself, what will this community miss if this foundation is no longer here?” he quizzed.

With a Bible reference to Psalm 41:1-3, he was optimistic that anyone who supports the needy, the poor, and the physically challenged would indeed receive the blessings of God.

Present at the event were Pastor George Kyeremateng (Offinso Area Secretary), Pastor Anthony Apedido (Offinso Obuasi District) and Overseer Alex Nana Owusu Nkrumah (Boamang District).

Others were Rev. Gideon Apenin from Assemblies of God, Elder Stephen Nyankyera (Presiding Elder of the MPWD Assembly), Elder Ampofo of Bibiani Prayer Centre, Mrs Beatrice Apedido (wife of Pastor Anthony Apedido), Mrs Dorothy Asante Gyamfi (Offinso Area Women’s Ministry Leader) and her assistant, Mrs Florence Nketia Amoah.

Report by Offinso Area Media Team.

Dawhenya District Donates To Children With Disabilities web

Dawhenya District Donates To Children With Disabilities

The Dawhenya District in the Tema Area of The Church of Pentecost has generously donated assorted items worth GH¢ 4,000.00 to 11 children living with various forms of disabilities in the district.

The project, dubbed “A Smile On A Face,” was initiated by the District Minister, Pastor Jonas Beddim, in collaboration with the District Children’s Ministry, with the aim of expressing God’s love to these vulnerable members of society.

Pastor Jonas Beddim, in a brief speech, encouraged parents of these children not to lose heart due to their conditions, assuring them that God has great plans for their lives.

The donated items included two wheelchairs, a clutch, provisions, and toiletries.

The parents of the children expressed heartfelt appreciation to Pastor Jonas Beddim, the Children’s Ministry leadership, and all donors for their kind gesture.

Report by Elder Bernard Kobbina Asiedu (Tema Area Assistant CM Leader)

The Souls Of Children With Disabilities Are Precious To God – Pastor Nyame web

The Souls Of Children With Disabilities Are Precious To God – Pastor Nyame

The Coordinator of the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Alexander Nyame, has urged Children’s Workers to strive to integrate children with Disabilities (CWDs) into the Children’s Ministry because they are also precious to God.The MPWDs National Coordinator made this passionate appeal when he addressed participants of the Foundation Builders Conference (FBC’23) yesterday at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh.Quoting from Psalm 127:3, Pastor Nyame reminded Children’s workers that children are a gift from God, a reward bestowed upon humanity. “This gift is not limited to those without disabilities, for a child with a disability will grow into an adult with a disability. Each soul, irrespective of any physical or mental challenges, holds immeasurable worth in the eyes of God,” he said.Pastor Nyame also referred to Genesis 1:26-27 to buttress the point that God intends no person to be left behind. He explained that the spiritual nature of all souls, including those with disabilities, remains unaltered and unaffected by physical limitations, as mentioned in Revelation 20:11-12 and 1 John 3:2.Highlighting the various types of disabilities, Pastor Nyame noted that not all children with disabilities are born with their impairments. He further explained the different types of disabilities children face, including deafness, visual impairment, developmental delays, autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, albinism, and neurological impairments such as cerebral palsy and epilepsy. He observed that CWDs encounter daily barriers in the form of social, attitudinal, physical, architectural, and information or communication challenges, and the church can alleviate these challenges by ensuring their full inclusion into the church.To address the inclusion of CWDs into the Children’s Ministry, Pastor Nyame proposed several strategies, such as making meeting venues for Children’s Ministry classes accessible to all children and ensuring equal participation. He also advocated for the proactive preparation of children in the ministry to accept and welcome CWDs, promoting a change in attitudes towards CWDs and fostering inclusivity.The MPWDs Coordinator further stressed the importance of planning lessons with children with disabilities in mind, tailoring activities and materials to accommodate their unique needs. He also encouraged the integration of CWDs into all Children’s Ministry activities, including Bible study, prayer, and initiatives like the Jethro Initiative and OCOB initiative. “We must also extend invitations to children with disabilities outside the church, ensuring that no child is left excluded,” he said.Pastor Nyame also underscored the need for adequate support for children with impairments and suggested that parents of children with disabilities be included in the team of teachers at the Children’s Ministry, saying: “By doing so, the church can create an environment where children with disabilities truly belong.”Pastor Nyame ended his presentation by reiterating that children with disabilities are individuals with souls who require equal opportunities for the salvation of their souls. He, therefore, urged children’s workers to allow the Holy Spirit to instil in them a special love for children with disabilities within them, as every soul counts.PENTECOST NEWS.

Adabraka District Reaches Out To Homeless Persons With Special Needs web

Adabraka District Reaches Out To Homeless Persons With Special Needs

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


The Church Of Pentecost Donates Wheelchairs To Members With Disabilities

The Aflao Area of The Church of Pentecost has donated five wheelchairs, amounting to GH¢7,500.00, to persons living with disabilities.

In a colourful ceremony held on Saturday, May 20, 2023, at the PIWC/French Auditorium, the Aflao Area Head, Apostle Michael Agyen Brefo, stated that this gesture is part of the Church’s plan to bring smiles to the faces of numerous members who are living with disabilities.

Sharing a brief exhortation based on Ephesians 3:7-10, Apostle Agyen Brefo stated, “The purpose of the Great Commission is to disciple all nations. This includes persons living with disabilities.”

He stressed that persons with disabilities (PWDs) are created by God for good works and have roles to play in the Great Commission.

He encouraged PWDs not to let their conditions hinder them from spreading the fragrance of the gospel..

“Sometimes, some persons living with disabilities feel that they are not gifted enough to preach the word. Others also think that they are laypersons, incapable of spreading the love of Christ to the lost. But they have forgotten that God, through his Holy Spirit, has gifted every person, including persons living with disabilities. The Holy Spirit is God’s enabling power that can equip all kinds of Christians for good works,” he stated.

The Church’s National Coordinator for the MPWDs, Pastor Alexander Nyame, who was the guest speaker at the event, exhorted participants to offer a safe support system to these vulnerable groups within the church.

Speaking on the topic “Understanding Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs),” Pastor Nyame stressed that disability is not inability. Although persons living with disabilities are the largest minority group, they are all part of God’s perfect plan. “God created every human being with good intentions in mind. This good intention is not only for those who can talk, hear, or see. God foreknew us ahead of time for His own good purpose in Christ Jesus,” he emphasised. “These good purposes,” he explained, “are the good works that God expects every Christian, including persons living with disabilities, to walk in according to Ephesians 2:10.” He, therefore, encouraged the Church to provide skills training for interested persons with disabilities, as well as assistive devices to aid in their daily lives. He commended the Aflao Area for this great gesture in supporting persons living with disabilities. Present at the ceremony were Pastor Elias Atsu Kumashie (Aflao Area MPWDs Coordinator), Area and District MPWD Coordinators, church members, and the Aflao Area pastorate. Report by Pastor Francis Lamptey (Aflao Area Reporter)

Ashanti-Bekwai Area Inaugurates Deaf Assembly web

Ashanti-Bekwai Area Inaugurates Deaf Assembly

The Ashanti-Bekwai Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Fred Tiakor, on Friday, April 21, 2023, inaugurated a new Deaf Assembly to complement the work of the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) in the Area.

The inaugural service coincided with the MPWDs Get-together ceremony organised by the Area for members and non-members of the Church living with various forms of disability.

Apostle Tiakor spoke on the theme “Though I Am Mephibosheth, I Am Highly Favoured,” with reference to 2 Samuel 9:7-8, 13.

He explained that Mephibosheth was the son of Jonathan and grandson of King Saul. After the death of King Saul and his father, Jonathan, Mephibosheth was taken to a town called Lo debar and placed under the care of Ziba because he had a limb disability and could not walk.

Apostle Tiakor further narrated that when David ascended the throne after King Saul, he graciously invited Mephibosheth to Jerusalem and requested that he eat at the King’s table forever.

Apostle Tiakor iterated that, even though Mephibosheth was lame, he was highly favoured by King David.

He also noted that God has a special favour for persons with disabilities (PWDs) just as David had for Mephibosheth.

He, therefore, urged Christians to demonstrate God’s love and kindness to PWDs wherever they come into contact with them.

With support from the Area MPWDs Coordinator, Overseer Silas Ewudzi, Apostle Tiakor inaugurated the Deaf Ministry, which currently has 15 members.

The assembly will hold its services on the first Sunday of every month at the Bekwai English Assembly auditorium and has Mrs. Angela Amankwah of Afoako District as Chaplain.

The MPWDs Get-together programme recorded 243 participants in all. To the glory of God, 56 souls were won for Christ at the event.

Among the dignitaries present at the event were Mr. Daniel Agyekum (President, Ghana Federation of Persons with Disabilities), Mr. Isaac Ofori Dwamena (Secretary, Ghana Blind Union), Mr. Adubofour Abdulai (Chairman, Ghana Society of Physically Disabled and Chairman, Bekwai Municipality Social welfare Workers) as well as the Ashanti Bekwai Area pastorate and wives.

Report by Ashanti-Bekwai Area Media Team

MPWDs Trains Church Leaders In Sawla

MPWDs Trains Church Leaders In Sawla

As part of a four-day working visit to the Sawla Area, the National Coordinator for the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Alexander Nyame, led a capacity-building programme for ministers and other MPWDs coordinators in the Tingar Zone of the Sawla Area yesterday.

In his presentation, Pastor Nyame intimated that Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) form a sizeble part of the world’s population and should not be sidelined in the Church’s quest to “possess the nations” for Christ.

“In Ghana alone, about five million people live with some form of disability, that is about 12% of the country’s population,” he said.

Pastor Nyame further noted that the MPWDs was, therefore, birthed in 2019 under the Church ‘s Vision 2023 (Possessing the Nations Agenda) in order to reach out to PWDs with the gospel message of Christ and ensure their full integration in the Church and society.

He, therefore, called on Church leaders to take particular interest and be actively involved in the work of MPWDs and also ensure that the MPWDs committees are resourced and adequately equipped to fulfil their mandate.

The Gbongbouduori District Minister, Pastor Prince Kwasi Mensah, who doubles as the Sawla Area MPWDs Coordinator, exhorted the participants on the topic: “Repositioning the Local Church to Accept Persons with Disabilities.”

Using Mephibosheth as a case study with 2 Samuel 9:1-13 as scripture reference, he said that Mephibosheth, King Saul’s grandson and Prince Jonathan’s son, suffered paralysis as a child when he fell from the hands of his caretaker to the ground.

He explained that although Mephibosheth was not born crippled, but he became paralysed due to life circumstances, hence anyone could potentially become disabled in one way or the other.

Pastor Mensah further noted that despite being a former King’s grandson (a royal), Mephibosheth’s situation caused him to think less of himself.

“He referred to himself as a dead dog, that is a person of no relevance, who is not worthy to enter the palace, not to talk of share the same table with the King.

“King David, however, accepted Mephibosheth with open arms and dined with him,” he said.

The Gbongbouduori District Minister, therefore, urged Church leaders and Christians, in general, to also express the love of Jesus Christ to PWDs by reaching out to them with the Gospel, saying: “They also count when it comes to our ultimate goal of making it to heaven.”

Present at the training programme were Pastor Kwaku Amponsah (Sawla Area Evangelism Ministry Leader and Bole Customs District Minister), Overseer Kennedy Offe (Zonal Chairman and Maluwe District Minister), Probationary Overseers Philip Agbeko (Tinga District Minister), Jeremiah Atta Dogbe (Banda Nkwanta District Minister), Seth Frimpong (Jama District Minister) and their wives.

Report by Sawla Area Media Team

MPWDs Coordinator In Sawla For 4-Day Working Visit

MPWDs Coordinator In Sawla For 4-Day Working Visit

The National Coordinator for the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Alexander Nyame, is on a four-day working visit to the Sawla Area of the Church.

The purpose of the visit, among others, is to sensitise and educate ministers, officers and members on the need to intentionally minister (reach out) to persons with disabilities (PWDs) in the Area.

Pastor Nyame, as part of his duty trip, met with ministers, officers and members in the Tingar Zone of the Sawla Area, yesterday.

Addressing the gathering, Pastor Nyame said Christ must be projected to all people of the world, including persons with disabilities, who, statistically, form the third majority of the world’s population.

“In Ghana alone, about five million people live with some form of disability, that is about 12% of the country’s population,” he said.

He said God is bringing PWDs into His saving knowledge through the introduction of the MPWDs, which was birthed in 2019 under the Church’s five-year strategic vision, dubbed “Vision 2023: Possessing the Nations.”

He advised Church leaders to do everything within the power to remove the obstacles that impede the effective assimilation of PWDs in the Church so that they could also come to Christ.

The MPWDs Coordinator was accompanied by Pastor Prince Kwasi Mensah (Sawla Area MPWDs Coordinator and Gbongbouduori District Minister), and Pastor Kwaku Amponsah (Sawla Area Evangelism Ministry Leader and Bole Customs District Minister), among others.

Also present at the event were; Overseer Kennedy Offe (Zonal Chairman and Maluwe District Minister), Probationary Overseers Philip Agbeko (Tinga District Minister), Jeremiah Atta Dogbe (Banda Nkwanta District Minister), Seth Frimpong (Jama District Minister) and their wives.

In all, 96 district and local MPWDs coordinators and leaders attended the programme.

Report by Sawla Area Media Team

Mamponteng District Women’s Ministry Fetes PWDs

Mamponteng District Women’s Ministry Fetes PWDs

The Women’s Ministry of the Mamponteng District in the Old Tafo Area of The Church of Pentecost has held a special feast for persons with disabilities (PWDs) of the Physically Challenged Action Foundation at Offinso on Monday, January 2, 2023.

The representatives of the eight local assemblies in the district showcased their meals, which were inspected by the District Minister, Pastor Stephen Ayerakwa Gyan, and his wife, Gladys, together with Deaconess Mavis Addai (Old Tafo Area Women’s Leader) and Deaconess Vida Appiah (District Women’s Leader), after which the 150 inmates of the Home were served.

Aside from the dinner, the Church also presented some items worth GHC 2,500.00 to the Home, among which were wax prints, clothing, underwear and panties.

According to Pastor Ayerakwa Gyan, the gesture was in response to the charge in Matthew 25:40, and also to fulfil the Church’s Vision 2023 agenda of “Possessing the Nations,” which seeks to influence every sphere of life with principles and values of the kingdom of God. He called on all and sundry to get the PWDs involved in the New Year celebration to make them feel part of the society.

The Founder of the Home, Mr. Sylvester Yaw Barima Antwi, appreciated The Church of Pentecost, especially the Mamponteng District Women’s Ministry for the wonderful benevolence. He asserted that such acts create space for social interaction, and are closely entwined with definitions of the self-esteem for the disabled in society.  

He appealed to the masses for support as the established school of the Foundation needs funds to install electricity to aid teaching and learning.

Deaconess Mavis Addai (Area Women’s Leader) commended the Mamponteng District Women’s Ministry for such a pleasant occasion with PWDs. She stressed the need for the Women’s Ministry in the various Areas of the Church to imbibe the 2023 theme of “Repositioning the Local Church for Maximum Impact in the Nations.”

On her part, Deaconess Vida Appiah (District Women’s Leader), also acknowledged the effort of the Local Women’s Ministry Leaders and Presiding Elders of the Mamponteng District. She assured that more of such visitations will be embarked upon in 2023 to embolden the confidence of the vulnerable in society that someone cares for them.

Report by Dennis Owusu & Emmanuel Nana Nsiah