Religion of 2014-03-15

RRC storms Ada to win souls for Christ

The Revival Restoration Centre (RRC) of the Assemblies of God, Ghana this week took the Ada East District in the Greater Accra Region by storm in an outreach programme to deliver the gospel to the people and win souls for Christ.

The outreach programme, which is an annual mission undertaken by the church in an identified deprived community in the country, involved health screening, open-air evangelism, gospel movies, school evangelism, house-to-house evangelism and seminar for pastors and church leaders in the district.

Among the communities that received the impartation of the gospel in word and in deed from the RRC Missionaries were Dzietrokope, Kasseh Zongo, Sege, Tortimekope, Ada Foah, Anyakpo, Azizanya, Alavanyo, Pute and Battor.

In line with the ultimate objective of the outreach programme over the years, the RRC upheld its norm by planting a church at Tortimekope to keep the spiritual fire ignited in the communities.

Medical clinic

The highlight of the outreach programme was a medical clinic mounted in the various communities visited.

A strong medical team made up of eight doctors, one pharmacist, two pharmacy assistants, three nurses and other paramedics, under the leadership of Dr Philip Amoo, the Head of the Public Health Unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, was on hand to screen more than 1600 people of various illnesses.

“The medical clinic is used as a platform to showcase the love of God to the communities and to use the opportunity to introduce people to the gospel message of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” Dr Amoo told the Daily Graphic at Tortimekope last Thursday.

Disease profile

Malaria topped the list of illnesses screened by the medical team but Dr Amoo finds the number of cases involving children with malaria parasites (more than 90 per cent in some communities) “unprecedented”.

He said anaemia was also another worrying situation in all the communities, adding that eye conditions, hypertension, HIV and what he described as “virtual epidemic of vagina candidiasis among female students” were also recorded.

“So the picture we are seeing is quite, for me, at Ada, not too distant from the capital, not too encouraging. We never expected to see what we are seeing. It’s worrisome,” Dr Amoo remarked.

“The National Malaria Control Programme may have to revise their notes because now they are telling the world that they have been able to clear malaria and that malaria has now gotten to a point that it is no longer of public health importance. But that is not true. What we’ve seen here today and this week, I think we have a lot of work to do”.

After screening, the patrons were given medication, including eyeglasses, while those with serious cases were referred to nearby health facilities.

Success

The head pastor of RRC, Rev Dr Alex Nkrumah, said the results of the outreach programme had been overwhelming.

“The first place we visited at Dzietrokope was overwhelming; the crowd and also the comments by the people were overwhelming. So we have really achieved our purpose for coming here,” he said.

Many of the patrons expressed gratitude to the RRC for their visit.

The assembly member for Tortimekope, Mr Randy Kabutey, described the programme as “a remarkable one”, and thanked RRC for the gesture.

Source: graphic.com.gh
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