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General visits ground-breaking clinic in West Africa

General visits ground-breaking clinic in West Africa

General visits ground-breaking clinic in West Africa

23 February 2017

The General and Commissioner Cox were greeted by young people in traditional dress during their recent visit to Ghana.

By Major Benjamin Obrempong Yeboah

During a recent visit to Ghana, General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox visited a cerebral palsy clinic that is the first of its kind in West Africa.

Thousands of Salvationists and friends from across Ghana joined with The Salvation Army’s world leaders in the capital, Accra, for a time of encouragement and spiritual renewal. They were also received by newly-elected President Nana Addo Danwa Akufo-Addo.  

The international leaders led a commissioning and dedication meeting for The Salvation Army’s Centre of Excellence for Cerebral Palsy, a clinic in Agona Duakwa which provides a range of services for people with disabilities.

Two young beneficiaries of the centre, clad in full traditional dress, greeted the leaders as they toured the facility. Staff demonstrated and explained the specialist equipment that supports the rehabilitation and therapy work which helps to integrate clients into the community. 

The General and Commissioner Cox also took time to visit the training college where cadets of the Messengers of the Gospel session were greatly encouraged. His message to those training as well as those already commissioned was a reminder of their holy calling.

“God is more concerned about what is in our hearts and not the outward signs,” preached the General. “We should be accountable, transparent and trustworthy, and above all try to hold up the banner of our Christian integrity to be able to mobilise the whole world for God.”

A march of witness through the streets of Accra – involving more than 3200 participants – was one way in which the Whole World Mobilising initiative was evidenced during this visit. 

A highlight during Sunday’s Holiness meeting was the enrolment of 176 junior and 337 senior soldiers. The General encouraged all present to “think on Kingdom values and not conform to the things of the world”, highlighting Jesus’ call to transformation.

Invited guests included representatives from the office of the President, the Member of Parliament of the area, the traditional Chief of Nungua and the General Secretary of Christian Council of Ghana. All were given opportunities to speak, and they thanked The Salvation Army for its work in Ghanaian society, especially in rural areas.

Major Benjamin Obrempong Yeboah is the editor of Salvationist in the Ghana Territory.

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