The Akosombo Dam experienced rising water levels due to the high level of rainfall this year. Consequently, the excess water was spilled. This resulted in the increased water level of the Volta River and its adjoining rivers and tributaries causing them to overflow their banks. Communities along these rivers were completely submerged in most cases. Residents in the affected areas lost their homes, livestock, farms, businesses and other properties to the floods. At least 88% of the inhabitants were severely affected. The New Apostolic Church members in the Battor District of the Volta South Apostle Area were not spared the devastation of the flood situation.
On Wednesday October 25, 2023, Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo accompanied by Apostles Anthony Kuada (Volta South) and Richard Osei (Volta Central) and a number of District rectors paid a commiserating visit to members of the New Apostolic Church at Agbetikpo in the Battor District of the Volta South Apostle Area. Here, he interacted with about 75 households of our members. Some members from island communities could not be met in person due to commuting challenges as all access roads had been sunk by the flood waters.
The Lead Apostle relayed to members, a message of hope and comfort from the District Apostle, Michael Ehrich.
He stated, “The Lord Jesus Christ loves you, He has not abandoned you. He knows all things and will provide the necessary support and help.” He encouraged them to have faith in God and strengthen one another.
The Lead Apostle assured members of the commitment of the Church to providing relief items to alleviate their burden in this challenging times. He entreated members to be wary of miscreants on social media who have created platforms and channels to extort money under the pretense of supporting the victims. He stated that the Church has not sanctioned any such activities.
During his visit, Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo also interacted with community members, the Chiefs, Elders and opinion leaders as well as officers of the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO) who are on the ground assisting the victims.