Celebrating Inclusion My Transformative Encounter At The MPWDs Christmas Convention web

Celebrating Inclusion: My Transformative Encounter At The MPWDs Christmas Convention

Persons with various disabilities are often unfairly stigmatised. This is because some believe they are cursed or afflicted due to their parents’ sins, while others see them as outcasts or burdens on society, even considering them as somehow evil. Consequently, they often face neglect from their communities, families, and even religious institutions. Left to fend for themselves, they resort to begging for sustenance, lacking proper care and attention. However, my perspective shifted when The Church of Pentecost organised the first-ever Christmas Convention for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in December 2023. Held at the Pentecost Convention Centre and simultaneously at various centres nationwide, this event was held under the auspices of the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs).

The Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) was birthed under the five-year strategic vision of The Church of Pentecost, “Vision 2023.” This ministry aims to establish a robust support system for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) through effective evangelism and discipleship. Its goal is to create an inclusive environment that fosters their spiritual, emotional, and personal growth, thereby empowering them to positively impact not only the church but also their communities and nations.



Mirroring the ministry of Jesus Christ and the Apostle Paul’s ethos outlined in 1 Corinthians 9:22-23, ministers at the convention embraced individuals with disabilities without discrimination. Just as Paul became all things to all people to save some, ministers and caregivers adopted a similar approach, serving individuals with various disabilities as integral members of the Body of Christ. Their actions exemplified the ethos of inclusivity and compassion.


Despite the myriad challenges they face, individuals with disabilities showcased a remarkable array of innate and cultivated talents. From singing and leading worship to dancing and reading scripture, they demonstrated exceptional abilities. Their musical performances were flawless, their choreography precise, and their adherence to instructions commendable. Their participation enriched the program, underscoring their immense potential.


Working with persons with disabilities necessitates exceptional patience and tolerance. Every aspect of their care, from assisting with daily activities to facilitating their participation in the program, demanded unwavering patience and understanding. Despite the challenges, love prevailed, as caregivers treated each individual with dignity and respect. Their approach reflected the love of Christ, emphasising acceptance and compassion over judgment and condemnation.

The experience of the MPWDs Christmas Convention left an indelible mark on my heart. Witnessing individuals with disabilities express joy and faith in praising their Creator was profoundly moving. Their example serves as a poignant reminder that serving God requires our wholehearted commitment, regardless of our circumstances. If those facing profound challenges can rejoice in their faith, then surely those blessed with physical abilities can do the same, and more.

I commend The Church of Pentecost’s leadership and the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities for their dedication to inclusivity and compassion. By bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds for a three-day convention, they fostered a sense of belonging and love. They introduced participants to Jesus Christ, the embodiment of unconditional love, and provided them with spiritual nourishment and affirmation. This initiative should inspire not only Christian organisations but also society at large to support individuals with disabilities, nurture their talents, and address their needs. By doing so, we can create a more inclusive and compassionate world, where individuals with disabilities are valued and empowered to reach their full potential.

Written by Deaconess Sophia Mensah Boduwah (Akosombo District).

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