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ICGC DONATES GHC200,000 TO PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITALS IN GHANA.

The International Central Gospel Church – ICGC on Saturday presented a cheque for GHS200,000 to the Mental Health Authority towards improving conditions at psychiatric hospitals in the country. 

The funds were raised through the church’s annual walk (Life Walk), a 12-kilometre walk through some major streets in the Teshie-Tse Addo enclave, where the church’s new Christ Temple East campus is sited. 

ICGC, through its founder Pastor Mensa Otabil, has been raising awareness about the need for more support to mental health, which has otherwise been given little support. 

The presentation to the Mental Health Authority comes on the heels of similar support in 2019, when the church bought Electroconvulsive Therapy machines for each of the three biggest Mental Health facilities in Ghana and the donation of one hundred and five thousand N95 facemasks for use by patients, doctors, and other mental caregivers the following year.

Thousands responded to the call by the church and came out in their numbers walking, not just to raise funds but also to keep fit, the cardinal reason for organizing the event.

Leading the walk was the General Overseer, Pastor Mensa Otabil, and his wife Mrs. Joy Otabil, flanked by other pastors and staff of the Mental Health Authority.

Amidst brass band music, the walk started from Christ Temple East and proceeded to the Tse Addo roundabout, the military cemetery and then to the Lister Hospital roundabout and back to the new church campus at Teshie. 

In a speech, read on his behalf by Pastor Anthony Cudjoe, the General Overseer commended walkers for taking part in the exercise.

He reminded participants to commit themselves to a regular exercise and fitness regime. 

Pastor Mensa Otabil reiterated that the mission of the church finds expression in the holistic development of members, community and the entire society adding the church is committed to the development of the spirit, soul and body.

He commended officials of the Mental Health Authority especially frontline health workers, for their selfless sacrificesunder not so ideal conditions.

He asked for God’s blessings for them. 

Pastor Otabil also encouraged the gathering to come out of social isolation and reconnect while observing the covid 19 protocols. He urged all those who have not yet taken thevaccine to do so.

Pastor Cudjoe on behalf of Pastor Mensa Otabil presented the cheque of GHS 200,000 to officials of the Mental Health Authority.    

Hospital Director at the Accra Psychiatric Hospital Dr.Pinaman Appau thanked the church for its continuous support for mental health. 

She said several institutions have jumped on board to support mental health in Ghana since ICGC decided to spearhead the initiative leading to a reduction in stigma.

Dr. Appau called for continuous support for mental healthcare delivery in Ghana.

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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.

Documentary

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.

Interventions

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

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ICGC CHRIST TEMPLE BEGINS BRAND NEW WEEK-DAY SERVICES WITH (CHRISTIAN DISCIPLESHIP TUESDAYS)

Scores of church members this week thronged the main auditorium of ICGC Christ Temple to attend the first week day service after Greater Works.  

The Tuesday services this season is dubbed Christian Discipleship Tuesdays.

Also lined up for member’s enrichment every week is Personal Development Wednesdays, Small Group Thursdays, Consecration and Prayer Fridays as well as After School Programme for children between 2-12 years to be helped with their homework in a Godly atmosphere. 

Preaching the sermon on Tuesday was Reverend Fiifi Otabi Wilson, Head Pastor of ICGC Faith Temple, Ofankor on the topic, “Living the new life”.

He said unlike any religion where the faithful can learn everything and automatically be enthroned as a follower, the Christian faith is such that failure to receive Christ disqualifies a person from the new life. He preached from Ephesians 4:22-24 and John 3:5-6 explaining that although Christians embrace a new life as believers, the old life lingers encouraging congregants to imbibe the Holy Spirit to complete the journey.

He said the new life is created after the image of God and it is righteous and holy. It has power over sin and able to dominate sickness and the power of darkness.

The man of God said the new life is not subject to natural norms and believers require the anointing to live that kind of life.

Reverend Fiifi Wilson encouraged believers to pursue faith in order to experience the new life adding that no Christian can live the new life in the human flesh.

He said a number of Christians have received Jesus but are not living by faith.

The Head Pastor of ICGC Faith Temple, encouraged believers to declare what is written in scripture, each time they encounter difficulties with the enemy.

Christian Discipleship Tuesdays continue September 14 with Reverend Priscilla Naana Nketia, Head Pastor of ICGC Eagles Temple, Gbawe teaching on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Kindly make a date.

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Greater Works Conference Ends With A Declaration For Younger Generation To Fulfill The Dreams Of Nkrumah, Kaunda, Nyerere And Other African Greats

The annual Greater Works Conference organized by the International Central Gospel Church has ended in Accra with a call on young Africans to fulfill the dreams of Dr Kwame Nkrumah, Dr Kaunda, Julius Nyere and other African Greats to accelerate the continent’s development.

Preaching on the sermon titled “This Is My Moment” he told the congregation, the world is sitting at a point in history designed for them.

Pastor Otabil continued his biblical account of how the Israelites defeated the Amorites by reading Joshua 10:11-14.

He recalled how Joshua made a case to God to allow the sun and moon to stand still to conclude the assignment of defeating the Amorites.

The motivational speaker said if God gives assignment and time is threatening it, God will come in to adjust the system of the earth so time will not be against you.

“God will not allow his assignment for you to be cut off by time so if you do what Joshua did, God will give you permission” he said.

The last day of the conference also saw song ministration by lumina and various choirs from ICGC.

Speaker on the final day of the 3-day event and General Overseer of ICGC, Pastor Mensa Otabil declared it is possible for Africa to use 25 years to catch up with development instead of 250 years as envisaged by experts.

“It is Africa’s time, a new generation is being born, the Joshua generation”

The Theologian said God will work a cosmological miracle and shift things massively in favour of Africa.

He declared, the dreams of African greats like Dr Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana, Dr. Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, Julius Nyerere of Tanzania,  Ahmed Sekou Toure of Guinea, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, leopold sedar senghor of Senegal will be fulfilled.

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PASTOR MENSA OTABIL ADVOCATES INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION FOR AFRICA’S YOUTH.

“This is the most important moment for Africa’s economic emancipation and the entrepreneurial empowerment of its young men and women”, Pastor Mensa Otabil has said.

Delivering a message titled, “It’s Coming Down,” the pastor and motivational speaker recalled the biblical account of God leading the Israelites through Joshua to defeat the Amorites by raining hailstones and yet protecting Israel.

Pastor Otabil referenced Joshua chapter 10 v 7-14 from where Joshua and his army fought the Amorites to possess the land. He described how the passage used anthropomorphism – the use of human language to describe an act of God.

According to him God routed the Amorites and moved them noisily to break and destroy their camp.

He said, the hailstones, though universally deployed, were intelligently manipulated to protect and give Israel an advantage.

“Peradventure COVID-19 is a hailstone that could give Africa an advantage and we need to seize the opportunities it presents”, he said.

The highly respected theologian posited, “The time to motivate Africa to raise captains of industry is here because a new opportunity has been opened.”

The General Overseer of the International Central Gospel Church was speaking on the second day of the annual Greater Works Conference.

Pastor Otabil prayed that African leaders would seize the opportunity to position the continent to catch up with the rest of the world and bridge the developmental gap.

“This is not a time for discouragement, this is the time for encouragement because a door of opportunity has been opened to us”.

He challenged Africans to avoid a self-defeating mindset, but rather strive to increase wealth.

Pastor Otabil wondered how the African continent appears not to have been overrun by the coronavirus pandemic, as previously predicted, compared to other more endowed countries with superior health infrastructure.

He said, having copiously read literature that seek to explain the phenomenon with various theories, his only possibly conclusion, albeit not scientific, is that God’s hand of mercy is on a people who comparatively seem to have nothing.

Pastor Mensa Otabil believes God is telling the rest of the world that this is Africa’s season and it is time for a shift.

The night also saw musical performances by Harmonious Chorale, Lumina, the Greater Works Hymns Choir and the ICGC Praise Team.