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'We are here to show love to you'

Relief Society sisters and others in the Koforidua Ghana District display donations to local prison.
Relief Society sisters and others in the Koforidua Ghana District display donations to local prison. Photo: Photo by Elder Michael Kirkpatrick

KOFORIDUA, Ghana — Relief Society sisters in the Koforidua Ghana District wanted to sponsor a significant service project in 2002 to commemorate the anniversary of the founding of their organization. They chose the local prison.

Although the Relief Society anniversary is March 17, the planning for this project led to a date in the fall. Thus, on a hot and humid Saturday morning, more than 100 members of the district gathered outside the prison walls with 10 bales of men's clothing, 10 boxes of books, and cartons and boxes of various soaps. District Relief Society President Comfort Adu presented the donations to Maclean Wilkinson, a prison official. He said: "It is so much at one time, the most generous gift. We hope to work together for more of such. May God bless you."

But the sisters didn't stop there. With permission of prison officials, a small group accompanied by district President Joseph B. Quarshie and second counselor Appiah Boateng, entered the prison and cooked breakfast for the inmates. Some 500 gathered for the food and a program during which President Quarshie said, "Jesus Christ taught us to love one another so we are here to show love to you."

Etheldreda Boateng, second counselor in the district Relief Society presidency, told the prisoners: "On behalf of the Relief Society, one of the oldest women's organizations in the world, we wish you well and hope you will join us in building Zion on earth. This is in fulfillment of our motto, 'Charity Never Faileth.'"

Sarah Olan, a branch Relief Society president, serves as prison guard.
Sarah Olan, a branch Relief Society president, serves as prison guard. Photo: Photo by Elder Michael Kirkpatrick

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