6 March 2019
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16.
Without a doubt, if Jesus were in Ghana today with $250m, he would want to use it to glorify God. That means, he would do good works. There are so many good works, but one is closest to Jesus’ heart.
1At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives ONE LITTLE CHILD like this in My name RECEIVES Me.
6 “But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
The greatest work anyone can do is to SAVE children. The worst work anyone can do is to lead children astray. When you treat a child well, you have treated Jesus and the One who sent him well.
How does this reflect in public policy? The spiritual, emotional, mental and physical (SEMP) health of the child must be the priority of priorities. If Jesus were in Ghana, that’s what he would use $250m for.
Let’s take physical health – the easiest to measure and one that affects the others significantly.
Under-5 mortality rate (U5MR) is 60/1000. U5MR for Singapore is 3/1000. What do you expect of a country ravaged by malaria and Kwashiorkor? The figures mean, a Singaporean child is 20 times more likely to celebrate his 5th birthday than a Ghanaian child.
We are 62y ears today, Singapore will be 54years on 9th August.
Singapore left Malaysia and is now more prosperous. Some believe what 5 million Singaporeans were able to achieve would require 1 billion Africans to come together in one single government in order to do the same. That’s a lie. We need good governance, not more governments.
We’ve had self-proclaimed Messiah’s, liberators, intellectuals, redeemers, revolutionaries and now a legal luminary, yet the cluelessness prevails.
Instead of protecting children, one group of our first politicians indoctrinated them unto sin, while the other used them to courier bombs. A dangerous generation.
Apart from Busia, who was 56 years when he became PM and Nkrumah 48, all the remaining leaders were 60 years or under. We may forgive them for lack of appropriate exposure and experience. But not Nana. He’s supposed to have all that the others lacked, yet, he is so clueless.
Ghana has only one Children Hospital – Princess Marie Louise Hospital in Korle-Worko, built in 1928 by the colonialist oppressor. Dr. Cecily Williams described Kwashiorkor in 1933 in this hospital and in 1935, published it in the Lancet medical journal. Kwashiorkor is Protein Energy Malnutrition (PEM).
PML has 68 beds and was built when the population of Ghana was 2.5m. 90 years have gone by and now with a population of 30m, we have not built even a 90-bed hospital for the children.
All our oldest President ever tells us is that building a cathedral is the priority of priorities. One of these days, I will write extensively on Kwashiorkor.
I would do what Jesus would have done – build a modern Children’s Health Centre with 680 beds for acute super-specialist care.
It will be the best in Africa, and will not be built in polluted, filthy Accra, but on the serene slopes of the Akwapim-Togo ranges, to not only serve Ghana, but to be accessible to Togo and possibly B. Faso and Benin. This is the service union we need, not political union. No further details.
The PML in Accra will then be converted into a Rehabilitation Centre for Drug Addicts to save our youth. If you’re a Christian and you want to give glory to God, will you build a cathedral or Children’s Hospital to treat and save the friends of Jesus?
I weep for Ghana, the beloved country, even as I thank God for His mercies.
Enjoy your resting day.
Mi, Nii Amu