The Adenta – Fafraha branch of the International Central Gospel Church, Holy Ghost Temple is 25 years old. Praise the Lord!
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The church which was established on 4th February 1996 launched the silver jubilee celebrations on Sunday the 24th of January 2021. The celebrations are under the theme, El – Shaddai - ‘God has done more than enough’.
As part of celebrations, an official logo and design elements were launched. The logo consists of four sections, specifically: the name of the church, ICGC Holy Ghost Temple; a unique rendering of the number 25 made up of the letters of ICGC; the four pillars in the background which represented the four ICGC pillars of prayer, doctrine, breaking of bread and fellowship; and finally the 5 design elements of the anniversary. These elements summarized the church’s identity and history.
They were the Fruit, a symbol of fruitfulness which is corporate ICGC’s theme for the year 2021; the Adinkrahene symbol of leadership which identifies the major attribute of the Senior Pastor, Rev. Christopher Yaw Annor; the Heart and Cross showing the contribution of members to the growth of the Church; the Dove which symbolized the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church producing faith and grace; and last but not least, the symbol of philanthropy which demonstrates a very remarkable trait of the Holy Ghost Temple.
Undeniably, the name Holy Ghost Temple and the phenomenon of philanthropy are very much inseparable. There are numerous individuals, institutions and communities that have benefited from the philanthropy of the church which are implemented as a Corporate Social Responsibility Intervention.
The areas of interventions have been varied including health, sports, water, education and security. A number of them in the past five years will suffice.
In 2017, the church initiated the Moses Project with the donation of 18 infant incubators and phototherapy units to one district hospital in all the 16 regions of Ghana. The medical team of the church also engaged in annual medical outreaches in the northern parts of Ghana. Here, they provide free healthcare and perform minor surgeries.
2. Portable Water Supply
In 2019, the church commissioned two water projects in the Chiranda and Baniantwer townships providing potable water to thousands who previously, had no access to such.
3. Security and Rehabilitation
The church annually sponsors the NVTI examination registration costs for all eligible inmates of the Borstal institution thus facilitating their reintegration into society.
In the area of education, the church’s contributions have been stellar. They include:
a. Bursaries and educational support to members and non - members. Some of the beneficiaries have completed tertiary education and are engaged in productive sectors of the economy
b. Educational infrastructure. In 2016 the Church constructed a fully furnished classroom block for the JHS pupils of Chiranda in the Bono East Region. The facility included a fully stocked computer lab and a headmaster’s office. Later, the church added a six-bedroomed teacher’s bungalow to cater for the accommodation challenges faced by new teachers who were posted to the community.
c. ICT Support: The church supported in the establishment of computer laboratories in two schools in the Bono East Region. The New Longoro Community Day SHS received 40 desktop computers and accessories as well as computer desks and chairs while the local basic school in Baniantwer also received 40 seater computer laboratory. The church also constructed an ultra-modern ICT laboratory for the Demonstration School of the Deaf, Mampong-Akwapim and subsequently equipped the facility with 60 desktop computers, printers and internet access.
5. Street Lights:
The church donated 52 LED lights and poles to the Adentan Municipal Assembly. The assembly financed the installation of the lights which lightens the road for the Rowi Junction to the Catholic Church -
These are but a few of the various interventions the church has embarked on, over the years.
One would have expected that, during its 25th anniversary the church would only recount its successes and pat itself on the back for its enormous contribution to society; however, the church has decided to contribute more. During this year’s anniversary, the church intends to refurbish the Computer laboratory of the Frafraha Community Day SHS and to provide 60 deskop computers and accessories as a way of giving back substantially to the people within the community it is situated.
Indeed, the ICGC Holy Ghost Temple’s 25th Anniversary theme of ‘El-Shaddai, God has done more than enough’ not only epitomizes the sentiments of church members who have been spiritually nourished over the years, but also the silent appreciation of the numerous lives outside the church that have been impacted through its benevolent activities.
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