On Thursday, 23rd April 2020, the New Apostolic Church in Ghana captured the news headlines in most television and radio news for graciously donating some amount towards the COVID-19 Trust Fund, set up by the President of Ghana. Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo, accompanied by Apostle Kotei Afutu (rtd.), Bishop Charles Addo Asare and Bishop Eric Ampadu (rtd.), presented the cheque on behalf of the Church at a short ceremony in Accra.
The Lead Apostle commended the government of Ghana for the initiative to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and said, “This is the noble gesture of the New Apostolic Church in Ghana towards the call of the President of the Republic.”
Receiving the cheque amounting to One Hundred and Twenty-one Thousand, Four Hundred Ghana Cedis (GHC 121,400.00), the Chairman of the COVID-19 Trust Fund, the former Chief Justice Sophia Akuffo said, “The Fund is very grateful about the response of the New Apostolic Church to assist in the call on humanity and in response to the President's initiative.” She added that, “Even though it is a practice of Churches to help the needy, the New Apostolic Church's response to the clarion call of the President is very much appreciated. Thank you.”
In a related events, due to the lockdown in Accra for the COVID-19 Pandemic, Rectors of some congregations in the Accra East and West districts, organised their members to donate some money to cater for the needy church members. Items bought and distributed included tins of mackerel, rice, sardines, bottles of cooking oil, tomato puree and some fruit drinks.
Winneba East District also presented some foodstuffs through Bishop Asare to be given to some needy members in the lockdown area. Apostle Ohene-Saffo expressed his joy and commended the Rectors and all the members who supported the course.
As of Friday 24th April 2020, around 1330 GMT, the national dailies’ website, graphic.com.gh, had recorded the COVID-19 situation as 1,279 people infected, with 134 recoveries and 10 deaths. The Greater Accra (1,089 cases), and Ashanti (69 cases) regions, covering the Apostle Areas of Accra, Konongo and Kumasi; are the hardest hit areas in Ghana so far.