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)