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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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Touching lives and influencing society #WeAreICGC

In what has been observed as a positive shift, pentecostal churches, especially those with a charismatic hue, have, while maintaining an emphasis on getting people to heaven, succeeded in rebranding themselves as social and political campaigners, contributing to the betterment of their communities.

One such charismatic intervention is what has gained popularity as Central Aid, the charity outreach of the International Central Gospel Church (ICGC).

Inaugurated by its founder, Dr. Mensa Anamua Otabil, on December 29, 1988 initially as Central Education Trust, it set out to offer financial assistance to brilliant needy Ghanaians for their secondary, technical and vocational education.

On the educational scholarships front alone, beneficiaries have increased in number from the initial intake of 52 in the 1989/90 academic year to over 6,000 students from varied family, ethnic and religious backgrounds at the end of the 2018/2019 academic year.

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In a video documentary on the scheme, a former beneficiary, Mr. Benny Fiifi Ashun, currently the Marketing Manager of GHACEM Ltd, testifies that though he passed the Common Entrance examination with very good grades in 1998 and gained admission into his first choice school, the Mfantsipim School in Cape Coast, his father passed away just about that time and that threatened the pursuit of his secondary education.

Through Central Aid, he entered the Mfantsipim School for his secondary education from where he continued, first at the Wesley College and then the University of Ghana.

Once a while, in special circumstances, needy students are helped through tertiary education. One such case is that of Dr. Ebenezer Otu Anoba, a medical practitioner who received financial assistance from Central Aid in 2012 when he was suddenly faced with financial challenges in his second year at the Ghana Medical School.

The board of the scheme considered him as a special case and provided financial assistance for him to stay on the programme till he finally completed in 2014.

With the introduction of government’s free Senior High School (SHS) policy in the 2017/2018 academic year, ICGC has, with effect from the 2018/2019 academic year, brought to an end its 30-year-old educational scholarships for secondary, technical and vocational training.

The concept of educational scholarships remains intact. With effect from the 2019/2020 academic year, the church has repackaged the scheme for brilliant needy tertiary students. The initial intake of 105 beneficiaries are currently in Level 200 at the Central University.

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ver the years, however, and away from academics, Central Aid has expanded its scope of operations to cover more social interventions.

For examples, the ICGC, through Central, has been supporting institutions in the health, education and social welfare sectors of the country.

In 2020, it donated GH¢100,000 to the National COVID-19 Trust Fund to support the government’s fight against the pandemic in Ghana.

A year earlier, in 2019, Central Aid donated three electro-convulsive therapy machines, popularly known as “miracle machines”, to the Mental Health Authority (MHA) for distribution to the Accra, Pantang and Ankaful Psychiatric Hospitals to help patients with severe or treatment-resistant depression, depressive or bipolar disorders.

Financial assistance to the Children’s Cancer Unit of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital every month has been ongoing since 2011.

Similar assistance has gone out to the Princess Marie Louise Children’s Hospital in Accra, the Ghana Heart Foundation, the Plastic Surgery Department of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital and Mamocare Ghana (breast cancer screening project) at various times to support health care in the country.

The Osu Children’s Home in Accra has been a beneficiary too. In 2007, Central Aid provided the home with a two-storey 50-bed fully furnished boys hostel with state-of-the-art e-learning centre, a staff flat, dining room, storeroom, sick bay and washrooms.

The Central Aid charity is not limited to Accra. In 2004-2005, it renovated a three-classroom block for the Akufful-Krodua Catholic Junior Secondary School in the Central Region.

Through the ICGC local assemblies, Central Aid renovated the Mexico 1 Junior High School in Tema in 2011, donated an incubator and essential medical supplies to the West Gonja Catholic Hospital at Damongo, provided a computer laboratory with internet connectivity for the Longoro Senior High School and a fully furnished ICT centre with internet connectivity for the Mampong School for the Deaf.

Under the church’s social and community development initiatives, Central Aid has executed development projects in underprivileged and under-served communities.

The most significant of these have been the construction of 20 boreholes fitted with hand-pumps for 19 communities in the Ga West Municipal Area in 2010; construction of classroom blocks, teachers’ flats, ICT facilities, public toilet and sanitation facilities, sports and recreational facilities and the provision of streetlights, employable skills training, security lights for the Baka Ano and Zongo communities in Sekondi; provision of street lights at the Bogoso Chapel square and donation of school furniture to the District Assembly J.H.S. at Bogoso.

Pastor Mensa Otabil sums up the heartbeat of Central Aid: “The Church of Jesus Christ is the bridgehead of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Thus, the church has a Divine mandate and responsibility to demonstrate the wisdom and creativity of God in providing solutions to the issues of poverty, deprivation, ignorance and diseases plaguing humanity”.

Source: https://www.graphic.com.gh/features/opinion/icgc-s-charismatic-intervention.html