As part of their fifth anniversary celebrations, members of the Fountain Gate Chapel (FGC) Glory Pastures, in Sakumono, made a donation to the Teshie Orphanage. The donation ceremony which took place over the weekend included food items like rice, sugar, toiletries, milk, drinks, etc and an amount of money.
Speaking at the ceremony, Rev Isaac Mensah, Senior Pastor of the Fountain Gate Chapel (FGC), Sakumono branch, affirmed the need to make catering for the needy an integral part of God’s work. He alluded to Matthew 25:32 of the Holy Scriptures in which Jesus queried his disciples for not caring for him, and when they enquired of him when he needed their help he said “since you did not do it for these ones, you did not do it for me. ”
Reverend Mensah explained that religion must be practiced alongside philanthropy. “Pure religion and holiness is to visit the fatherless and the widow who are afflicted,” he said.
He also emphasized the need to raise the children at the orphanage well so they would not be wayward when they grow up. “I encourage mummy and daddy to instill in them the fear of God as young as they are, especially in their formative years,” he said.
“So we have come here to be part of you and appreciate what you are doing to put smiles on the faces of the children who for one reason or the other are disadvantaged,” he used these words to encourage the over 20 children at the orphanage and their foster parents.
Mr. Obed T. Mensah, a member of the management committee, who received the gifts on behalf of the orphanage, was grateful to the church for the gesture. He observed that there were times when there was no money for the children to go to school, “but God always makes a way,” he said.
He therefore said that it was some of these donations that actually run the place. He indicated how the children of the center prays regularly for organisations that donate to the center so they would always have to provide for them.
Moses Lamptey, one of the young men at the center was full of thanks to Mrs. Janet Anyeley Parker, the founder of the center for her humanitarian work that has made him who he was. According to him, he has spent his entire life at the center and has managed to complete tertiary education.
This is the sixth time the church has extended such gestures to the Teshie Orphanage. Last year the church visited Akuse Prisons where they were of great blessing to the inmates.
Other activities marking the fifth anniversary include a visit to pray and bless the sick in the hospital, an evangelism health walk and four-day Easter spiritual programme to be graced by the founder of Fountain Gate Chapel International, Rev. Eastwood Anaba.