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ICGC COMMENDED FOR SUSTAINED EFFORT IN BRINGING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES TO THE SPOTLIGHT

The Mental Health Authority has commended the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) for continuously supporting the institution to bring attention and awareness to mental health issues.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Authority, Dr. Caroline Amissah, said unlike previously when mental health was given little attention, it is now in the spotlight resulting in reduction in stigma.

She was speaking when the church presented two hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GHS 200,000) to the Authority at the close of Life Walk; ICGC’s annual health and fitness event that encourages healthy lifestyles and serves as a platform to impact society.

For the 5th consecutive time, the church chose to support the Mental Health Authority as part of a commitment to help improve conditions at the country’s Psychiatric Hospitals and create awareness to ensure effective management of cases.

Accra South Regional Overseer of ICGC, Reverend Anthony Cudjoe, on behalf of the General Overseer, Pastor Mensa Otabil, made the presentation to the Authority.

He said ICGC’s support for mental health is anchored in the understanding that it is an aspect of Ghana’s health care system that is underserved and needing the most resources.

Reverend Anthony Cudjoe said Life Walk is more than a fitness and wellness event but an evangelistic and charity event. He reminded the gathering of how Jesus Christ went everywhere doing good.

He posited “our mandate, and the third strand of our mission, is to influence society positively with the impact of the gospel”.

In her remarks, Dr. Caroline Amissah noted that the collaboration with ICGC and other partners had led to an increased demand for mental healthcare with more people now reaching out freely for support when they have issues.

She called on other institutions to emulate the gesture by ICGC to complement the efforts of the state.

This year’s walk began at the Christ Temple East Campus of the church in Teshie and had senior officials of the church including General Overseer, Pastor Mensa Otabil, his wife, Lady Joy, General Secretary Rev. Morris Appiah, Regional Overseer for Accra North Rev. Yaw Annor, and various district heads leading the effort.

The 12 kilometre walk took the thousands of participants through some major streets in the Teshie enclave including TseAddo and the Military Cemetery.

Officials of the Mental Health Authority, keep-fit lovers and members of the general public also joined the well-organized walk amidst brass-band music and singing by various cheer groups.

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ICGC CHRIST TEMPLE TO INTRODUCE READING CLUB AND FEEDING PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN IN ADOPTED TESHIE COMMUNITY

Children in an around Teshie will benefit from a reading club and hot meals in an expanded programme to be introduced by ICGC Christ Temple.

This is part of an ongoing programme of the church to adopt the community and touch the lives of residents not only with the word of God but with the necessaries of life.

The initiative conceived by the wife of the Head Pastor of Christ Temple, Lady Joy Otabil, is intended to broaden the horizon of children and contribute to producing healthy and well rounded adults.

Lady Joy Otabil made this known at aLadies Health Fair held over the weekend to climax the church’s Pink October programme for breast care awareness and promoting women’s health.

The fair saw several residents of the community receive free medical, dental and eye care at the church’s premises. The highpoint of the fair saw hundreds of residents of Teshie, Tse Addo and communities near the church taking home various items ranging from new and slightly used clothing to shoes, handbags, jewelry and children’s toys from a charity initiative known as the D.O.R.C.A.S. storehouse.

The acronym D.O.R.C.A.S. stands for ‘Daughters of Righteousness Caring and Sharing’ and is aimed at practically demonstrating the love of Christ by church members donating items of clothing to be shared to other members in need as well as communities bordering the church.

Beneficiaries of the D.O.R.C.A.S. storehouse and free medical care thanked the church for the gesture and hoped ICGC Christ Temple will continue to make a difference.

The weekend’s activities come on the heels ofanother successful free health-care exercise earlier this year which saw hundreds of residents screened and treated for various health problems.

Lady Joy Otabil further intimated that, in addition to health screening and free clothes, the initiative will be regularized and expanded to include Bible studies and free hot meals for children within the catchment area of the church.

“Beyond demonstrating the love Christ, as a mother, I hope that these interventions will provide some relief and put a smile on the faces of children and their parents”, Mrs. Otabil added.

She thanked church members who responded to the call and encouraged other members to contribute by donating items to help stock up the storehouse to be a blessing to others. Since its relocation to the Teshie enclave in January this year, ICGC Christ Temple East has rolled out a series of community interventions in areas like evangelization, road resurfacing and health and fitness.

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Mensa Otabil: 38 years a transformational teacher of life, 63 years of living it well

This past Sunday, Pastor Mensa Otabil was not in the country and so was unable to be present in Church; but in true ‘Otabil style’, he made sure we were not left out on our Sunday dose of the word. 

Always a man of the times; we were served a virtual sermon, which was part 3 of his ongoing series on Living in the Spirit.

Like the savvy teacher that he is, Pastor Otabil had a whiteboard pulled out, marker in hand, highlighting important notes; quoting scriptures, and steadily feeding our minds with new dynamics and dimensions of the word we have never been exposed to.

He may have been physically absent, and profoundly missed; but his teaching lacked none of the tenacity, clarity of thought, or transformational knowledge characteristic of a Pastor Otabil sermon.

When Pastor Otabil is delivering the word; the congregation, big or small, old or young; are like students in a lecture hall; notepads (electronic and paperback) pulled out, ears listening; eyes gazing and pens scribbling. 

In that brief period, there’s so much to learn, observe and absorb from the word of the Lord that it is wise not to miss a thing. 

No matter how learned or successful you may be; there’s always something new to learn from a Pastor Otabil sermon.

Growing up, like most kids in my generation; going to church on Sunday was a must; it was so well enforced by my father that it felt more like a chore. 

I grew up Catholic, per my father’s denomination and my education. I learned a lot from the doctrines of the Catholic Church, especially in the Seminary when my father thought I would become a priest. A lot of my life has been shaped by the doctrines of the Catholic Church.

However, the highlight of Sunday evenings in our home, even for my dad, was catching Pastor Otabil on ‘Living Word’ on TV3. I always looked forward to it. For some reason, during that time, whiles ironing my uniform for school, eyes on my clothes but ears on the television; there was always something new to learn; even for a wiry young teenager yet to find himself in any way, shape, or form.

The kitchen sink realities served through the gospel by Pastor Otabil always resonated with my young self.  Suffice it to say, my favourite preacher has always been Pastor Otabil.

Somehow, I looked less to him as a preacher; and more as a man who served much-needed nuggets of wisdom, on ‘Life and Living it well.’ His teachings have guided my life from then till now.

I still fondly remember my first encounter with the statement; “the only real estate [wealth that survives after you] is real estate.” 

This statement was made by Pastor Mensa Otabil at one of the Albert and Comfort Ocran-led Springboard seminars. It has since influenced many of my financial decisions. I was 19 years old when I attended that seminar. I am now 33. Not surprisingly, even today, whenever I think of Pastor Otabil, the first thought that comes to mind is, ‘real estate is the only real estate.’

Like everyone, I have had many topsy turvy seasons in my life. Some have brought me closer to God and some further away from Him. 

Through every season though, pastor’s sermons have always served as a soothing reminder to tap into the grace of God to course correct. 

His teaching on the wisdom of King Solomon; expounds on the Queen of Sheba’s visit to King Solomon’s palace. His observations thereof; and how he captured each detail of her experience in the palace.

These experiences culminate in the Queen’s overwhelming respect and adulation not only for Solomon but especially, for the God of Solomon, ‘Who has delighted in him and placed him on the throne of Israel.’ (1 Kings 10:9 – paraphrased]. He juxtaposes this with how Christians should aspire to attain the wisdom to achieve exponential growth in every area of their lives.  

Simple as it may sound; this teaching was awe-inspiring and life-defining for me. I always strived for excellence, or so I thought; until I watched that sermon. It opened my mind to the realisation that excellence is a prerequisite for true service to God and not an option based on how successful you want to be in life. 

The believer’s excellence, competence, honour, integrity, value, and contribution in all endeavours serve to glorify and exalt the name of God. It is this quality of the believer that exhibits the greatness of God for the world to see.

We are, after all, created in the image and likeness of God. Thus, we are living examples of all that is great about our God. A lack of wisdom and excellence displayed by a believer is therefore a blight on the greatness of God. 

Pastor Otabil is certainly a man who has mastered excellence, The reader does not require a study into his life to recognise the excellence of God in his ways. 

Need I mention the high standards set by his church ICGC, the unique organisational structure of the church, the Central University, and the phenomenal Greater Works conference, which, in my view, is probably the most well-organised event in this country so far this year.

Let’s talk about his various publications; of which I personally single out Buy the Future: Learning to Negotiate for a Future Better Than Your Present. A book that is a tremendous guide to life, growing up, and living it well; and which should be studied in schools across the country. 

In his closing monologue at a conference in Nigeria, Pastor Otabil said that Africa’s leaders [both business and political] should learn from and appreciate the continent’s religious leaders, who have been successful in building organisations that have grown consistently over time. I believe, it is imperative for the young people of today to do so as well. 

Admittedly, religious leaders like Pastor Otabil have a unique advantage; and that is the Grace of God, but heavy is the head that wears the crown.

It takes a vessel who is willing to learn and improve on a daily basis [over decades], and who is ready to lead the flock with grace. Leaders of the church are required to weather the storms of the spirit and the ones society throws at them; and still display exemplary leadership that proffers wisdom, discipline, people management, and selflessness to build a system that will benefit the children of God.

Pastor Otabil is a true example of such leadership. Whether you are Christian or not; there’s a lot to admire, study, and honour about his life.

At 63 years young, there’s still so much more to give; and as a nation, we must celebrate him as a national treasure. As a church, members of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC) must count themselves privileged to be able to drink every day from the well of God’s wisdom. As a man, I thank God for his life and all that God has used him to do for me.

Happy birthday pastor Mensa Anamua Otabil. 

Source:
https://www.myjoyonline.com/mensa-otabil-38-years-a-transformational-teacher-of-life-63-years-of-living-it-well/

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THE FUTURE SHALL BE EVEN MORE GLORIOUS, SAYS PASTOR OTABIL, AS HE CLOSES GREATER WORKS CONFERENCE.

General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church has prayed for God’s protection for the nation’s Executive, Legislature and Judiciary.

Pastor Mensa Otabil also prayed forthe African continent to rise up and occupy its rightful place.

He was speaking at the climax of the church’s 5-day Greater Works Conference in Accra attended by thousands of Christian faithful from Ghana and across the world.

Pastor Otabil declared that the future of Ghana will be far more glorious than the present.

Quoting scriptures from the book of Haggai 2:6-9,the theologian stated that in a little while, Ghana and Africa will witness a divine shaking and rearrangementthat will cause systems to shift in theirfavour.

“The future shall be so glorious that there will be no comparison with where we are today,” he prophesied.

His message titled, “It’s going to be Glorious”he recalled the prophet Jeremiah’s prophecy to the children of Israel about captivity and the rebuilding process that brought liberation.

Pastor Otabil declared, “God is going to do something for you and it’s not going to be a repetition of what has been done. It’s going to be more glorious”

He enjoined the congregation to document and archive their current situation because people may not believe where they have been when the transformationtakes place.

The conference climaxed with an anointing service, after which Pastor Otabil and Bishop Tudor Bismark, a guest speaker, pronounced the blessings of God on attendees.

Earlier in the week, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowoof the Kingsway International Christian Center in London, preached about stepping into significance. He challenged all present to reach beyond where they were and determine to make a greater impact on their world.

A cross section of participants, after the conference, said this year’s Greater Works had been the very best. They particularly commended the messages, security, music, punctuality, technical direction, and the overall organization.

Greater Works is the annual convocation of the International Central Gospel Church that climaxes the annual period of fasting and prayer known as 40 Days of Power. This year’s conference took place at the church’s new campus, Christ Temple East in Teshie.

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AFRICA WILL SOON BECOME A DESTINATION FOR JOB SEEKERS IN EUROPE AND AMERICA – PASTOR MENSA OTABIL

General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church, Pastor Mensa Otabil has said the African continent will see a turnaround and become a destination for job seekers from America and Europe.

Justifying his position on the shift in Africa’s fortunes, he said his positive outlook of the continent is not premised on physical entities but rather a deep belief of God’s just and fairness not to lift up one and neglect the other.

Speaking in a message titled, “we will get it back”, on the opening night of Greater Works Conference, Pastor Mensa Otabil re-affirmed his belief that Africa will be become the most significant continent on the planet.

Pastor Mensa Otabil encouraged the congregation not to limit God but rather be inspired by the example of the prophet Jeremiah as they seek to move the African continent from a state of hopelessness.

He anchored his sermon on Jeremiah chapter 32 and recalled how God showed Jeremiah the most impossible situation ever, where an external and an internal enemy had taken over Israel.

Pastor Mensa Otabil demonstrated how God restored the nation in the midst of captivity and impossibility. He likened the situation to some foreign powers who have impoverished Africa and taken her assets including locals who were taking advantage of a bad situation and making it worse.

The theologian opined, “Africa will get it back and it will be well with the continent, it will be well with our people!”

Pastor Otabil said up until now, he remains eternally convinced that the future of Africa is bright and the future of Ghana is great.

He prayed for a resurgence in Nigeria, South Africa, Zambia, Ivory Coast, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali and all African countries.

“America has had its chance, Europe has had its chance, and Asia has had its chance. It’s Africa’s chance too”, he said.

He was hopeful that the largest number of billionaires will soon come from Africa. He there urged worshipers to work harder and do bigger things because very soon, “Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Jack ma will read about you”.

Other speakers at this year’s Greater Works Conference are; Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, the founder and Senior Pastor of Kingsway International Christian Centre in the United Kingdom and Bishop Tudor Bismark, senior Pastor of Jabula New Life Covenant Church Harare, Zimbabwe.