As part of measures to fight the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Faith Chapel Assemblies of God, located at McCarthy Hills in Accra, has acquired an ultramodern automated handwashing machine for use.
The machine, which is a state-of-the-art device was donated to the church by a benevolent member of the Church by name, Mr Alexander Nartey at an estimated cost of GH₵25,000.
The donation was made on Wednesday, March 10, 2021, but the machine was officially dedicated to God on Sunday, March 14 at a short ceremony.
The fully electronic device, is designed and molded in the form of telephone booth and has features such as;automated washbasin, automated hand sanitizer, automated hand drier, automated liquid soup, tissue box and a mini waste bin neatlyfixed on it.
A cursory inspection shows,the device isdirectly connected to electricity and pipe water. This means it does not require manual operation in any form by the user. Likewise, it will be impossible for user to touch any parts of the surface when using it.
It was manufactured by Focal Point Engineering Limited, believed to be an indigenous Ghanaian company with its office locatedin Accra.
Speaking to The Herald in an interview, head pastor of Faith Chapel, Reverend Ben-Newlife Zotoo, said the donation was an act of God, considering the cost of the device and surprising manner under which it came.
Rev. Zotoo disclosed that, given the manner in which congregants sometimes engage in handwashing by touching the bottle of the liquid soup andalso using their hands to operate (open and close) the tap on Veronica Bucketsbecame a major cause of worry for governing body of the church.
He said in view of this, the Church has been praying – asking God to give them an alternative means where such irregularities could be prevented in order to keep church members safe by strictly adhering to the COVID protocols.
According to Rev. Zotoo, few days after one of their prayer sessions and preaching, he received a phone call from a member of the church and he volunteered to donate the hi-tech device to the church.
He described the timing of the donation as "an answer to prayer and improvement in the life of the church – Faith Chapel".
The Head Pastor explained that, the theme for Assemblies of God for the year 2021, is "Revival" which means – 'improvement'. Therefore,his outfit regards the gesture as a major improvement in the life of Faith Chapel.
Miraculously, he revealed that the machine was coincidentally donated on his birthday; a clear testimony that God had answered their prayers.
He used the opportunity to thank management and staff of Focal Point Engineering Limited, especially Mr Alexander Nartey for the kind gesture.