2 organisations put smiles on widows, children in Dalive c’nity

Souls Oriented Missions, an NGO, in partnership with the Mennonite Church Ghana last Thursday shared assorted items to some widows and children at Dalive, a community near Sogakope in the Volta Region as Christmas and New Year gifts.

The items included bags of rice, bottles of oil, canned fish and tomatoes, biscuits, drinks, Indomie, clothes and medicine.

The rest were exercise books, pens, pencils, bags, shoes, diaries, towels, toiletries and copies of the Bible.

The founder of the NGO and leader of the team, Pastor Mark Neil, said the items were to put smiles on the faces of our mothers, fathers and children, especially the vulnerable in the community.

Pastor Neil said Christmas was not about “giving to those we know and love but extending to those we don’t know and even love.”

He said Christmas was about expressing one’s love to the other and appreciating each other by giving freely to the needy and deprived but not only those we love.

According to him, widows and children were the most deprived by families in the society, a practice that must be corrected.

The CEO therefore, called on individuals and churches to support mothers, fathers and siblings in the rural areas to help change their livelihood to the better by visiting them to ascertain their challenges.

“It will be better for individuals, churches and organisations to visit our rural folks personally to appreciate the level of challenges they go through so we can equally support them,” he said.

The team leader said life should not be around parents and children. It should also include relatives, friends and neighbours who formed part of the society.

Rev. Francis Dzivor, the moderator of the church, said it was about time Christians moved away from their comfort zone and make a difference in the lives of others in deprived and disconnected areas in our country.

Rev. Dzivor said, “We as Christians and non-Christians must live in our communities as brothers and sisters in a nuclear family and as each other’s keeper.

FROM BY VICTOR A. BUXTON, SOGAKOPE

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