The Church of Pentecost has built and donated a prison infrastructure to the Ghana Prisons Service at Ejura in the Ashanti Region.
The multi-purpose prison facility funded and constructed by the church consists of fully furnished three (3) dormitory blocks with the capacity to accommodate 300 inmates.
The facility was jointly commissioned by the Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, and the Chief of Ejura, Barima Osei Hwedie II also comprises an administration block, a chapel which will also serve as a classroom, football pitch, baptistry, modern washrooms, mechanized borehole, offices, infirmary, workshops.
Speaking at the commissioning of the Ejura Prison facility on Tuesday, May 11, 2021, Apostle Eric Nyamekye said the construction of the facility was inspired by the “Possessing the Nations” agenda of the church.
He explained that three similar prisons facilities at various stages of completion are under construction at Nsawam, Obuasi, and Damango, all funded by the church in its zeal to partner government to decongest the nation’s prisons facilities. The facility has correctional centres where inmates would be transformed with the gospel message of Jesus Christ, equipped with skills training in order to be reintegrated into society as responsible citizens after serving their prison terms
“As part of the church’s Vision 2023 and in line with the global conviction, that every country’s prison’s system should move from being punitive (retribution) to being corrective (reformation), we planned to support the Ghana Prisons Service in carrying out its mandate of primarily reforming our convicted brothers and sisters who have to find themselves there for one reason or the other.”
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According to Apostle Eric Nyamekye, one key scripture that has spurred the church on in constructing and completing the facility even though the church has a fair share of infrastructural deficits and challenges by way of church buildings and mission houses has been Hebrews 13:3 which has been inscribed at certain locations in the edifice which reads,
“Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”
The Chairman also recounted the numerous interventions that the church has provided such as the construction of police stations, provision of mechanized boreholes in rural communities, community clinics, the Environmental Care Campaign to clean Ghana, skill and livelihood training for its members, among others in the past two years as part of its vision to transform lives and society.
He assured the good people of Ghana that The Church of Pentecost will continue to partner government in delivering its mandate to the citizenry as has been the case over the years, saying, “After all, that is the essence of the love of Christ made manifest to all humankind.”
Source: Pulse Ghana
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