A day’s workshop has been held for ministers and selected district committee members of the Ministry to Persons With Disability (MPWD) in the Takoradi Area of The Church of Pentecost.
The event which took place at the A.T. Nartey Memorial Temple in Takoradi on Saturday, July 4, 2020, was under the theme: “Equipping To Do Works Of Excellence: Disability In Part Is Not Total Inability” (Philippians 4:13).
Addressing the participants, the Takoradi Area Head, Apostle Joseph Kwame Assabil, stressed the need for the church to reach out to Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) in society.
He noted that just as Jesus Christ reached out to the vulnerable in society, the church, which is God’s Kingdom on earth, must accommodate all people including the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind.
Apostle Assabil indicated that the Vision 2023 of the Church aims at offering equal opportunities to PWDs and further added that the institution of the Persons With Disability Committee at all levels of the Church underlines the Church’s resolve to reach out to the physically and visually impaired community.
He acknowledged that the Ministry to Persons With Disability is a new area the church is exploring in the ‘Possessing the Nations’ agenda, hence leadership hopes that through the MPWD committees at local, district, Area and National levels, the church will be informed about issues affecting PWDs and how to effectively minister them.
The Area Coordinator for MPWD, Pastor Christian Budu Asiedu, who was one of the facilitators, took participants through what the new ministry is all about, touching on the mission, vision, objectives, types and causes of disabilities, and report writing, among others.
Mr. Ebenezer Ghartey, a facilitator at the workshop, took participants through the effects of barriers on the lives of PWDs.
During an interactive session, some PWDs expressed gratitude to the leadership of the Church for making the inclusion of Persons With Disabilities a top priority in the Church.
Others narrated the ordeals they have gone through in the church due to their situation and stressed the need for all church leaders to get involved in the Ministry.
Report by Pastor Ernest Perbi-Asare, Assakae District.