IN the true spirit of Valentine's Day, the Head of the Ebenezer Miracle Prayer Ministry in Kumasi, Rev. Dr Ebenezer Adarkwa-Yiadom, last Saturday donated cash totalling GH¢2,500 and assorted goods valued at about GH¢1,000 to two needy institutions in Kumasi to mark the occasion.
The institutions were the Kumasi Central Prisons, which received GH¢1,500 cash, and the Kumasi Children's Home, where cash of GH¢1,000, second-hand clothing and soft drinks were also donated.
Rev. Dr Adarkwa-Yiadom, who was at the two institutions with some members of his church, also offered prayers for the inmates. At the Kumasi Central Prisons, officials led him to some of the cells, where he interacted with the inmates and built their confidence, which was almost lost.
During the prayer service that he held for them, he said Valentine's Day was not an occasion for immoral activities as some people perceived it to be.
He noted that it was the time for people to show the Love of God to their fellow human beings, especially the needy ones. Rev. Dr Adarkwa-Yiadom advised them to allow the situation within which they found themselves to remind them that there was nothing good in walking in the ways of the devil.
He, however, expressed regret that young men who could have contributed to the development of the country had rather found themselves in prisons. He, therefore, urged the inmates to learn a great lesson from the situation, so that they would never return to the ways of the devil when they came out of the prisons.
He noted that the huge sums of money the government was spending on them could have been channelled to productive areas of national development if crime was reduced drastically and thus minimise the population at the prisons.
Rev. Dr Adarkwa-Yiadom commended the prison authorities for the sacrifices they were making in the face of the challenges facing them in their duties. He pledged to visit the prisons again during the Easter festivities to make another donation to the inmates.
Some of the inmates who spoke, praised the reverend minister for the visit and said his advice had informed them of the need to follow Christ. At the Children's Home, the reverend minister interacted with the children and commended the management of the Home for the good job that they were doing to give proper care to the children.
He condemned women who decided to dump their babies and said, "This is a big crime against God.”
He pointed out that some of the children at the Home could grow up to become very useful citizens of the nation, and that was why he took great interest in their welfare. The Supervisor of the Home, Madam Victoria Asumnya, commended Rev. Dr Adarkwa-Yiadom for his support and expressed the hope that others would emulate his example.