In November each year, Lutheran Media Ministry, Ghana (LMMG) selects one community and organizes a Soup Kitchen for them. The Soup Kitchen aims at cooking and serving hot meals/soft drinks to members of the selected community as well as share clothes, shoes etc. after winning and dining. Five months after Akpafu-Odomi had benefited from the Ministry’s Letter-by-Letter Reading Clinic, it was deemed fit that they benefit from the Soup Kitchen after a series of discussions and considerations.
Once eyes were set on a coach arriving in the town, the community just knew it was LMMG. The hearts of both young and old leapt for joy! Akpafu-Odomi, a cocoa farming community in the highlands of the Volta region had not forgotten LMMG.
Led by the assembly man for the area, Honorable John Obimpeh, the team’s first point of call was the residence of Nana Tetteh Attu IV, Chief of Akpafu-Odomi and Adontenhene of the Akpafu Traditional Area. After necessary salutations were made, he recounted to Nana the team’s first engagement with the community in June 2016 and briefly told him about LMMG’s desire to fete the entire community thus their comeback.
Miss Olivia Akumani-Adegbe, Audience Relations Manager of LMMG thanked the chief for accepting the team into the community and gave highlights of the Soup Kitchen event which aimed to cook, serve and dine with the community as Christmas approaches. It was scheduled to start with a crusade to preach the word of God in the evening on Thursday, 24th November, 2016 and climaxed on Friday, 25th November, 2016 with the Soup Kitchen event. Clothes, shoes and others were also to be distributed to members of the community.
Upon entry into the compound of the two schools that benefited from the Letter-by-Letter Reading Clinic in June this year, the pupils of Akpafu L/A Primary School and Evangelical Presbyterian School clinged on to the coach and would not let go. The driver had to stop so as not to drive through the increasing number of pupils who abandoned class and ran towards the vehicle to welcome the team. With thunderous and never-ending shouts of Hallelujah Hallelujah, Hallelujah the pupils could not hide their joy at the team’s comeback.
The headmaster and headmistress of both schools respectively applauded the team for their last impact and welcomed the idea for another event. Touching on the team’s first encounter with the community, they were both of high praise for LMMG’s initiative and effort and recognized the immense improvement of pupils through its Reading Clinic in June.
Miss Akumani-Adegbe after sharing a short word of exhortation with the pupils from 1 Tim 4:12 and interacting with them, announced the crusade to be organized in the evening and the soup kitchen on Friday 24th at noon and invited all to attend.
The crusade drew masses from their homes to the Jubilee Park in the community through melodious praise and worship songs. By the inspiration of the Spirit of God, salvation and re-dedication of lives to Jesus was the order of the night – seven adults gave their lives to Christ for the first time while many, (both adults and youth rededicated their lives to Christ). The programme was drawn to a close after a general prayer especially for the sick, whilst encouraging them to go back to their respective churches to be committed to building their personal relationships with God.
From dawn to dusk, staff and volunteers of LMMG with support from the assembly man and some young women of the community started early preparations to feed the community by noon on Friday. With all ingredients set to prepare a hot meal, cooking began in earnest. Before noon, food was ready to be served just in time for the arrival of all and sundry.
Pupils run to the Jubilee Park as they were dispersed from school, so did all other members of the community. In queues from young to old, the community danced their way to being served with hot meals and soft drinks saying thank you with a broad smile as each person was served. All seated at the park, everyone happily enjoyed their meal amidst music.
After meals and merry making came the time to share clothes. Clothes were arranged according to gender and age so everyone will benefit. Women and children especially were happy at such a gesture whilst making their choices.
Advising the community to be peaceful and united at all times, Miss Akumani-Adegbe said she loved the sight of the communal spirit in the community. “Put God first and let the peace and unity that dwells among you reign forever”, she concluded.
Some pictures of the two events below: