The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging health systems across the world. Rapidly increasing demand for care of people with COVID-19 is compounded by fear, misinformation and limitations on the movement of people and supplies that disrupt the delivery of frontline health care for all people. When health systems are overwhelmed and people fail to access needed services, both direct mortality and indirect mortality from preventable and treatable conditions increase.

This research called for an urgent need to partner with The Church at Rancho Bernardo, San Diego to reach out to the people of Dedukope in the Volta region of Ghana.

On the 10th of April, 2021, our team together with some partners embarked upon this important outreach at the Dedukope community. Upon our arrival, we were welcomed by the natives who were all excited about the day’s activities. The program commenced with an opening prayer, praises and worship by the local Assemblies of God church and the welcome address was done by the pastor, Rev. Joshua Anane.  Rev. Godwin Ahlijah (PhD) the C.E.O of Meaningful Life International in his address explained the purpose of the outreach and encouraged the people to keep their trust in the Lord in these difficult times. He was full of praise to the Church at Rancho Bernardo for heeding the call to come on board to partner with MLI to organize this outreach. He thanked the leadership and members of the Church for their generosity and love towards God and humanity.

Dr Lenusia Ahlijah educated the community on the Covid-19 pandemic and its preventive measures. She encouraged them to observe the covid-19 protocols by observing social distancing, regular hand washing and personal hygiene among others.

We provided food packages to over 100 families which consist of 5-kilo bags of rice, a 5-litre bottle of oil, tin tomatoes, tin fishes, hand sanitisers, and face masks. We also distributed hand sanitisers and face masks to over 500 people who gathered for the program. The children were not left out of the party. Each child received drinks and biscuits and the atmosphere was like that of Christmas! It was heart-warming to see the joy on their faces as we distributed the items to them.

A total of over 500 individuals directly benefited from this outreach to the glory of God. Programs such as this are a great way to bring people together, to serve and share blessings and to give hope. Through these outreaches, we know that in our way, we are providing hope and new opportunities for our less fortunate brethren.

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. – Proverbs 19:17

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