By Francis Npong
Every year, World Vision partners around the world celebrate a Day of Prayer (DoP). On this day, staff and partners join together to pray for the children and communities we serve, the staff and their families, as well as donors who support World Vision’s work and make it possible. They also pray for God to give them wisdom, protection, strength, and courage to help those in need and intercede for nations in turmoil.
“We pray that God will help us to be a beacon of hope, a beacon of light, and an instrument of His love and mercy,” said Benjamin Sarbah, Faith and Development Manager for World Vision Ghana.
In a brief remarks, Laura Delvalle, National Director of World Vision Ghana, thanked the staff and partners for their dedication to the ministry and WV’s transformative agenda. “Together, we have changed and transformed lives, brought smiles, and inspired hope to the most vulnerable boys and girls, even amid unavoidable challenges,” she said. She encouraged the staff to continue to pray for unity and peaceful coexistence among families and communities while working on our mission to deliver on our promise to the most vulnerable children.
The President and CEO of World Vision International, Mr Andrew Morley, who joined World Vision Ghana, VisionFund Ghana, and in-service staff for this year's Day of Prayer, acknowledged the commitment of Ghanaian staff in delivering “our promise” to the most vulnerable children. In keeping with the theme, Mr Morley urged the staff to draw their strength and courage from God, who can strengthen them to overcome all challenges as they face.
Boafour Otu-Boateng, Chairman of the Board of World Vision Ghana, thanked the president and CEO of World Vision International, as well as the National Director and staff for their excellent work and significant contributions that are transforming the lives and communities we serve.
In his sermon, Apostle Samuel Gakpetor, senior pastor of the Church of Pentecost, encouraged the staff not to give up in the face of challenges. “Christians are not immune to challenges. However, these challenges only last for a little while," he said. He commended World Vision for following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ in serving the poor and most children, their families, and communities.
He led the staff in prayer for nations such as Haiti, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Sudan, Burkina Faso, and others where World Vision operates. He also led the staff to reaffirm their commitment to a promise to the most vulnerable children as well as their dedication to tackling global challenges affecting children.
The theme for this year's Day of Prayer was "Strength and Courage in Christ", taken from 1 Peter 5:10.