Rabu, 25 Januari 2012


Story: Sebastian Syme & Zainabu Issah
A WOMEN Empowerment Fellowship (WEF), an organisation of women engaged in philanthropic work with the mandate to support orphans and other underprivileged persons in society has been launched in Accra.
WEF is a service arm of the church which commenced two years ago has a membership of more than 40 women entrepreneurs, professional women who use their time, resources and effort  in fulfilment of God’s mission.
It has an 11-member executive with Mrs Sonia Antwi, a business woman as its founder.
The fellowship renders philanthropic services in three dimensions which are giving of  personal resources, giving of their time and commitment to the service of mankind and giving love to a wicked and perverse world in the time when love does not seem to exist among the people.
The General Overseer of the Fountain Gate Chapel, Reverend Eastwood Anaba, who held a brief sermon ahead of the inauguration, congratulated the women behind the formation of the WEF noting that it took a brave and courageous woman like Mrs  Antwi to form such a grouping.
He said just as Christ was able to feed 5,000 people with five loaves of bread so shall the activities of the WEF reach out to the thousands who were in need adding that there was no shortage of needs in the world except that very few people seemed to have excess goodies to the neglect of the poor and underprivileged.
Quoting one classic display of compassion in Matthew 14:13-20 Rev. Anaba said compassion was not a character or an attitude that was formally learnt and practiced but a spiritual grace which produced in the inner man as a result of our relationship with Christ.
“If you are moved with compassion you can never rest until the beneficiaries of grace are fully satisfied.”
Rev. Anaba asked for God’s blessings and favour upon the WEF leadership to weather the storm in the task ahead and urged husbands to support their wives in the women empowerment drive.
A former Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs, Mrs Gladys Asmah, pledged her support for the fellowship and lauded them for their courage as she called on them not to relent in their drive to support the less privileged.
The WEF among its initiatives include the adoption and refurbishment of the first floor of the Children’s Block of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, the adoption and renovation of the Isolation Ward of the 37 Military Hospital and donations to orphanages.

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