The Association of Bishops’ Wives of the Anglican Church of Ghana donated various items to members of Saint Veronica’s Anglican Church in Galibang and neighboring communities in Yendi Municipality.
Items included plastic chairs, school supplies, milk, toiletries, clothing and first aid medicine.
The support was part of the activities marking the first influence of the association.
Mrs. Christiana Ben-Smith, Mother Superior and wife of the Archbishop of West Africa, Msgr. Cyril Ben-Smith, who spoke during the presentation of the items to the beneficiaries, said that the wives of the bishops had always played various roles to support their husbands in the ministry.
She said these roles include motivating members to take initiative and support each other to work on particular tasks in the church.
She said, “We realized the need to add outreach to our activities, seek out the needy, orphans and widows in the various dioceses, and support them to grow the Church.”
She said it was important to replicate the act of biblical character Nehemiah, who took steps to provide support to the needy.
The Most Reverend Dennis Debukari Tong, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Tamale, said the Galibang community has been identified as one of the most deprived areas in the Diocese of Tamale, hence the decision to provide support to them through of the awareness program.
He said the movement was in partial fulfillment of God’s great commission as stated in Matthew chapter 25:31 for mankind to reach others with the gospel.
The Reverend Father Emmanuel Jekkan, Resident Priest of Saint Veronica Parish, expressed his gratitude to the Association for the donation, saying it was historic that the wives of all the Bishops of the Church of England in the country are reaching out to the community.
He said, “Looking at the caliber of people who have come here and knowing that the outreach program starts with the Diocese of Tamale, I can enthusiastically say that it is God’s will.”