The General Overseer of the Seventh day Sabbath Church of Christ Apostle Ephraim Kweku Danso has called on Ghanaians to support the needy for the national development.
He makes this statement when the church makes donations to the needy, people with physically changes, widows and other institutions to mark their 18th annual Charity show with the theme “Unless the church fulfills its evangelical and charity mission, it has no reason to exist” at Asamankese Methodist Park in the Eastern Region.
Apostle Danso underscored that God has given him a mission to support the underprivileged in the country to support national development and that assignment must be accomplish.
He supported his statement with “James 1:27 (NKJV) 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
According to the General Overseer, the government alone cannot solve all the national problems especially the one with social welfare issues and therefore called on all and sundry to assist the government to achieve such desire goals for national development.
He therefore urged the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection to strengthen its function and mandate to support the needy and people with disability for national development.
He reiterated that the department of Social welfare should also be law abiding and God fearing to use the disability common fund to support the needy and people with physically challenges effectively without any misappropriation of such funds to achieve it intended purpose for the nation.
The Member of Parliament for Akwatia in the Eastern Region, Hon. Mercy Adu Gyamfi, popularly known as Ama Sey, was also at the center of attraction on the occasion.
She also supported the idea and urged all citizens to love one another as Christ did for His people to support the nation.
Hon. Ama Sey stress that what the Church has done especially for people with physically challenges and widows should set an example for other churches to emulate to do same for national development.
The Deputy General Overseer of the Church Apostle Okoh Agyemang also lamented that as the church is always doing for underprivileged, “if all the churches in the country are also doing same in incessant manner, like the country will definitely have very few underprivileged in our society”.
He noted that the items was part of activities to show love to the poor and the needy in the country to support the nation and urge all Christians to provide for widows and orphans and describe that as core mandate of Christianity.
The donated items worth millions of Ghana cedis to the needy, widows and physically challenged includes 26 wheel chairs, 60 bags of maize, 50 bags of rice, toiletries, foot wears, milk, soap, second hand clothes and over 2500 new textiles among others items for 2191 individual beneficiaries.
The beneficiaries included orphanages and institutions such as Swedru Mother Care Orphanage, College of Community Health Nurse Winneba, Ghana prison Service, Koforidua School for the Blind, Ghana Blind Union Sohum, Senase Orphanage,Community Health Nurses Training School Akim Oda and other Blind Association and other Disabled Men and Women.
Apostle Okoh Agyemang express importance of blood donation organized by the church that “the blood collected from voluntary donors to the National Blood Serv¬ice, will goes a long way to give life to patients, such as women, who bleed excessively during child¬birth, cancer patients and victims of road traffic accidents”.
He also further stated that as Christ give His blood to save the world during pass over, so as we the Christians should emulate to even share our blood with those who will be in need to save life to show love and support for national development.
BY: ABRAHAM FRANK ESHUN