Lutheran Hour Ministries—Ghana, known in Ghana as Lutheran Media Ministry, is preparing for its annual Soup Kitchen outreach November 27 to 30, to be held in Wassa Essamang, an economically depressed community in the country’s Western Region. The Soup Kitchen is a multifaceted holistic event that attracts hundreds of people; in 2014 it will include an education component to address an important health concern: Ebola.
In 2013 LHM—Ghana held its Soup Kitchen in the Kwesu community of Ghana’s Brong Ahafo region. In addition to a picnic that provided hearty food for more than 500 children, the weekend’s schedule included a rally and film show, house-to-house evangelism, school visits and sports activities—all of which generated more than 1,100 responses from participants.
The ministry center anticipates providing care and support for more than 2,000 needy people in Wassa Essamang, says Director Justice Oman. The addition of Ebola education addresses the true vulnerability of the region to the spread of Ebola if it makes its way to Ghana.
“Ghana has yet to report any suspected case of Ebola,” says Justice, but “rural communities in the Western Region are high risk areas because of their low level of awareness on the prevention of the deadly disease.”
The nation of Côte d’Ivoire separates Ghana from the three West African countries battling the Ebola epidemic—Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. All five are located on the Gulf of Guinea coast, however, and some of the places hardest hit places by the Ebola epidemic are port cities—Monrovia, Liberia; Freetown, Sierra Leone; and Conakry, Guinea. Governments and maritime trade organizations recognize that the threat of Ebola entering a country via land, air or even sea is still very real.
“To raise awareness in the Western Region, our ministry will reach out to people through music and drama performances at the Soup Kitchen,”” says Justice.
For more information on Lutheran Hour Ministries—Ghana and its annual Soup Kitchen outreach event, visit lmmgh.wordpress.com.