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Regional News of Monday, 13 September 2021

Source: ghanaiantimes.com.gh

IPCA appeals for support for prison inmates

IPCA has been praying for prison inmates since 2016 IPCA has been praying for prison inmates since 2016

The President of International Prisons Chaplain Association (IPCA) Ghana, Rev. Steve Mensah, has called on Christians to assist in providing for the needs of prison inmates.

“We must pray that God will touch their hearts to transform them and they will be received by their families after serving their sentences,” he said.

Rev. Mensah also stressed the need for similar prayers for Prison Officers to enable them to become agents of change, adding that nothing was impossible to God.

Speaking during the climax of this year’s Global Day of Prayers for prisoners at the House of Love Assemblies of God Church in Accra on Sunday, Rev. Mensah added that churches ought to make provision for prison ministries in their yearly budgets to facilitate the work of the ministry.

On his part, Rev. Alfred Akumbie, Senior pastor of the church, commended Rev. Mensah and the steering team for their tireless efforts in ensuring that people feel the love of God always, adding that God would shower his blessings on them and empower them to carry out their good works.

Bishop Jake Oppong Acquah who led the team in Takoradi, Western Region in their prayer session at the Central Assemblies of God Church, called on members to remain steadfast and win more souls to join their fold to assist in reaching out to the prison inmates.

Rev. Dr Evans Ekenam, the leader of the team in Cape Coast in the Central Region, called for unity among members and urged Christians to intercede for each other adding that as Christians, you should not relent in helping people.

Since its inauguration in 2016, IPCA has been praying for prison inmates as most of them live in deplorable conditions.

Some of the IPCA members present at the occasion included Dr Mrs Angela Tena Mensah, Rev. Charity Out-Lartey, Mrs GiftyAzeko, Rev. Dr Jonathan Ekuban, Pastor Adjei-Sowah and Pastor Eben Digber.

The Global Prayer Day for prisoners held on August 25 every year, seeks to encourage Christians throughout the world to pray for prisoners to overcome challenges during their incarceration and be better people after their release.

The day was also observed by the IPCA in Takoradi and Cape Coast in the Western and Central regions respectively.