Tuesday, May 5
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Older Adult Week
Throughout West Africa, there is a widespread belief among many that good and evil spiritual forces have a profound impact on people’s lives. Good forces, of course, come from God, while bad forces are attributed to the devil and his human agents, who are sometimes branded witches.
When communities experience an unexplained death or misfortune and cannot pinpoint a cause, blame might be attributed to a particular person. These people are often the most vulnerable members of society—women, the elderly, the poor—who are not empowered to defend themselves.
In the north of Ghana, there are a handful of communities, called witches’ camps, where women and men have had to flee after being accused of practicing witchcraft in their hometowns. The situation in these camps is deplorable. They often lack electricity and clean water. Some women and men have had to flee to them with their children, who then have no access to education.
The Presbyterian Church of Ghana has been working for several years in the community of Gambaga, the largest witches’ camp in the country. They are doing two things: helping to meet basic needs of the people in these camps and working for reconciliation in the home communities, so a person who has been banished can return.
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana would like to work in the camp in Gnani, which is near several of its congregations. But since this is a very poor region of Ghana, the congregations have not been able to gather the necessary resources and have invited the PC(USA) to join them in this work.
—Rev. Josh Heikkila, PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
PC(USA) People in Mission
Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG): Rev. Professor Emmanuel Martey, moderator, Rev. Dr. Samuel Ayete-Nyampong, clerk of General Assembly • Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Ghana (EPCG): Rev. Francis Amenu, moderator of General Assembly, Rev. Godwin Kwaku Osiakwa, clerk of General Assembly, Mr. Jonas Dzodzodzi, presbyter executive • Christian Council of Ghana
Presbyteries of Chicago, Denver, Foothills, Milwaukee, and New Brunswick, with the PCG; Presbyteries of Lake Erie and Lake Michigan, with the EPCG
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of widows and orphans, you comfort the lost and care for the poor. We pray for the churches in Ghana as they minister to those who have been made outcasts. Give them the ability to feed, clothe, and house those in need. Allow them to build peace and reconciliation among neighbors and families in strife. Amen.