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Gospel Show For Orphans 1/15/2007
Orphanage International Ministry led by the famous father of the fatherless, Pastor Aferi, held its Annual Christmas Gospel show and children’s party for orphans at the Osu Children’s Home, Accra on Saturday, December 30, 2006.

As usual very few parents came to open the afternoon party with the children on an occasion like this when most children expect outing with parents.

However, the children in the home had a rollicking time. In attendance were the Echoes, a gospel-choral group from the Meridian Presbyterian Church at Tema, Voices of Praise International and Street of Gold (Aflame for Christ) both groups are strongly linked to Pastor Gilbert Toh.

The programme which was sponsored by over 20 organisations including evangelical ministries, schools, radio stations and some banks was chaired by Mr. Gavivina Tamakloe, an independent film producer who was once a director of National Commission on Culture. Major (rtd) Courage Quashigah, who was billed as the Guest of Honour could not make it to the show.

However, it appeared most of the children were there to dance and listen to good music and that was just what Echoes, Voices of Praise International and the Street of Gold really rendered during the programme.

Gavivina in his opening remarks lamented on the poor visibility of the Ghanaian orphan in our society even though some of them have done what those of us with enormous advantages have not done..

He said he personally took good care of two orphans in his hometown during their basic education and he was elated to learn sometime that they have made it to college.

He said, as a film maker, if docudramas or documentary films could be made on the life and achievements of one or two remarkable orphans more people will be willing to lend them some help.

People want to see results with the money they dole out. He said the films could be used to teach in schools and be sold for money to help more orphans.

Pastor Aferi, President of Orphanage International Ministry, Ghana, a man who spent all his life with there orphans, rather beamed with hope.

He said a lot of progress is made nevertheless with the little help. And that significant help come from many people not present.

As Pastor Toh sang in Time Changes, there is a "time to be born, a time to die, time to sow, time to reap" he reminded the gathering that plans to build a university for the orphans has not been stalled. The orphans need a library, auditorium, among other facilities on the 10 acre plot bought by OIM at mayera and that he was formally declaring 2007 as A Building Year.

Some of the titles sung by the groups included Owura Yesu, Yeda wa se by the street of Gold, and a Nigerian gospel Ogre Na You Big.

The Echoes, who are rather very accustomed to then stage, sang their famous hit Mantse Baa He Oshidaa (King come for your thanks) and Wo’n Kwe wo hie ke wo see (we look forward as well as our rear).


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