Compassion International moves to strengthen ties;chat a new path to rescue children from poverty
Compassion International Ghana has brought together over 700 Pastors and project directors to the Pentecost Convention Center located at Gomoa Fetteh in the Central Region to plan on the progress of the organization.
The One-week-long program themed: “Break camp and Advance- A Movement Together”, aims at strengthening fellowship and fostering a common understanding of strategic partnership direction in releasing children from poverty in Jesus name.
In a speech read on her behalf at the opening ceremony, the Chair of the Advisory Council of Compassion International Ghana, Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee express her unwavering joy for how far the organization has come and the support it has given to children as far us alleviating child poverty is concerned. ” I must acknowledge and thank God and all of you for the great work you continuously do for the vulnerable children in Ghana”, she says.
Rev. Joyce Aryee then encouraged partnering churches to come together irrespective of one’s denomination, to make a covenant to champion issues concerning children.
She added that since Compassion International cannot do all by itself, partnership and strategic alliances would be critical to the growth and survival of the organization. Hence Compassion International Ghana has strategically included denominational heads in all their conversations as well as their decision making platforms moving forward.
Citing from Deuteronomy 1:6:8, the keynote speaker at the opening ceremony Madam Gifty Dansoah Appiah who doubles as the National Director for Compassion International Ghana, reiterated that successes chalked so far by the organization is overwhelming and has the tendency to limit them from attaining their full potentials.
But the gathering is to break camp and advance just as God told the Israelites in Mount Horeb. “As an organization, God has been good but this is not the destination” She reaffirmed.
According to Madam Dansoa, In 2006 when the organization was settling, just about 2500 children registered compared to this year where more than 81,733 people being beneficiaries. 329 churches have partnered, 34 denominations and 75,878 sponsored beneficiaries under the auspices of Compassion International Ghana.
Madam Dansoa assured that just as it has earmarked to reach each child possible, Ghana will not relent in its effort to reach all children across.
She called for mindset change of all partners to ensure that more children are released from poverty.
Compassion aspires to advance its mission of releasing children from poverty from just a slogan to a movement whereby all churches in Ghana will buy in and see child development as a necessity and a responsibility for all and sundry.
Compassion through the church partners should empower the youth to make a significant difference in society because they have been trained and equip with the power and teaching of Christ Jesus.
She urged all church leaders to work harder and pull resources together in order to break camp and advance.
Compassion and her partners should leave the conference with a mindset to embrace and implement more development programs to bring about holistic development of children in all communities in Ghana
Compassion will not be releasing children from poverty only but will release children from poverty for a purpose and the purpose should be for the children and youth to contribute to the economic growth of their communities and Ghana as a whole.
Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Rt. Rev. Paul Kwabena Boafo encouraged the pastors and church leaders to always depend on God and listen to his voice because God still speaks in our time. According to him total dependence on God will help Compassion and the church partners to break camp and advance in their mission of releasing the most vulnerable children from poverty in Ghana.
“God is provoking Compassion to advance in the development of children issues in Ghana to the glory of God.
Other Notable speakers at the event are the chairman of the Church of Pentecost Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, Bishop Samuel N. Mensah (President, Full Gospel Church International), Rev. Philip Tutu and Rev. John Alaba.
By Justice Ametepe