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March 22, 2017

Integrity, Accountability, Spiritual Renewal in Gahana

International Leaders Dedicate Center Serving the Disabled  

Beneficiaries of the new Center for Excellence for Cerebral Palsy clad in traditional dress greet the leaders as they tour the facility.

During their visit to Ghana, Salvation Army international leaders General André Cox and Commissioner Silvia Cox led the dedication of the Center of Excellence for Cerebral Palsy. The clinic in Agona Duakwa provides a range of services for people with disabilities. Two young beneficiaries of the center, clad in full traditional dress, greeted the leaders as they toured the facility. Staff demonstrated and explained the

Equipment at the center supports rehabilitation and therapy work to enable clients to integrate into the communithy. This is the first facility of its kind in West Africa.

“God is more concerned about what is in our hearts and not the outward signs,” preached the General when the leaders addressed cadets training to become Salvation Army officers at the Army’s training college in Ghana. ‘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 3,200 participants –was one way in which the Whole World Mobilising initiative was evidenced during this visit.

During a youth rally, the General exhorted young people to be “people of integrity [which] will help… to withstand the complexity and temptation of the world.”  A similar theme emerged during Women’s Ministries and Men’s Fellowship rallies.

THOUSANDS of Salvationists and friends from across Ghana joined the international leaders in the capital, Accra, for a time of encouragement and spiritual renewal. A highlight of the visit was the enrollment of 176 junior and 337 senior soldiers during a Holiness meeting. 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. The guests expressed appreciation for thanked The Salvation Army for its work in Ghanaian society, especially in rural areas.

A moment of prayer at a meeting in Accra.

During their visit, the leaderswere received by newly-elected President Nana Addo Danwa Akufo-Addo and met with other politicians and community leaders, including an engagement with the traditional Chief at the Palace of Nana Amoakwa Boadu V and a meeting with the British High Commissioner Jon Benjamin.

From a report by Major Benjamin Obrempong Yeboah, Editor,'Salvationist', Ghana Territory

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