Pastor Reuben Awuni, the Coordinator for the Deaf Ministry of The Church of Pentecost, has advised Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) to put their total trust in Jesus Christ, who is able to give salvation and not only on material things which will fade away.
He delivered this message on the second day of the 2023 Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) Christmas Convention, which is being held at the Pentecost Convention Centre in Gomoa-Fetthe, Kasoa, on the theme “Jesus Christ, Our Hope For Maximum Impact”.
Pastor Awuni, who is deaf himself, spoke from 1 Timothy 1:1 and shared his testimony of how the MPWDs has been a great blessing to him and other people with disabilities.
He said that the Vision 2028 from the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, which aims to equip and empower the MPWDs to be self-reliant and productive, has given them hope and dignity.
He also acknowledged the support they receive from the government, but stressed that their ultimate hope is in Christ, who died for their sins and saved their souls.
He said that being deaf is not a problem, as they can do everything that others can do, except hear.
Pastor Awuni said that the only thing that can make them worry in this life is being hopeless. He urged Christians to always look forward to their salvation, which is the most important thing in life.
He also explained that there are three types of hope that Christians have: the living hope, the blessed hope, and the glorious hope.
He said that the living hope is based on the resurrection of Jesus Christ, as stated in 1 Peter 1:3.
He said that this hope gives them the motivation to share the gospel with others, especially those who are also disabled.
He cited the example of Paul, who did not lose hope even when he was arrested and persecuted, but continued to preach the word of God.
The MPWDs Sector Coordinator said that the blessed hope is the expectation of the second coming of Christ, as stated in Titus 2:13.
He said that this hope gives persons with disabilities the assurance that one day they will be healed of their disabilities and transformed into the likeness of Christ.
He said that this hope also gives them the courage to live holy and godly lives, as they wait for the Lord’s return.
“The glorious hope is the inheritance of the saints in heaven, as stated in Colossians 1:27. This hope gives us the joy and peace that surpasses all understanding, as we know that we have a place prepared for us in the Father’s house”, he revealed.
He said that this hope also gives them the strength to endure trials and tribulations, as they know that they have a crown of glory awaiting them.
He concluded by encouraging the congregation to hold on to these three types of hope, and to live for Christ, who is their hope for maximum impact.