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Mephibosheth ministries

The goal of Mephibosheth Ministry is to help bring people with disabilities, their families, and the body of Christ into personal relationship. Just as David accepted Mephibosheth into the royal family of ancient Israel, even though he was disabled, we want to see this often forgotten part of society fully accepted into the Church.

Mephibosheth Ministry offers help and encouragement to people affected by disabilities, their family and friends, as well as churches and other believers who choose to reach out and share His divine love and prayers for their lives.

Mephibosheth Ministry strives to bring you the best quality special needs curriculum at the lowest price possible. After evaluating our prices, we have decided to charge below value for our curriculum. In other words, Mephibosheth Ministry will cover part ofthe costs of printing and mailing in order to provide these inspired books to as many special needs folks as we can. From now on costs will be set as a "suggested donation." This is a huge leap of faith for Mephibosheth Ministry, but God is able to provide for us and we believe this decision will bring this curriculum to as many more churches who want to have a special needs ministry. We are here to help you grow your special needs ministries, call or write us for further information.

In 1999, Mary Jane Ponten and Andrea Linder Jehu-Appiah went to Ghana for the first time together.  Needs were assessed and Andrea began planning for another trip to Ghana under Mephibosheth Ministry.  With Mary-Jane's blessing in 2005-- Mephibosheth in Ghana, a New Jersey-based Non-Profit was incorporated.   


mephibosheth in ghana

Rev. Joseph Jehu-Appiah was born and raised in Ghana.  He obtained a teacher training certificate in 1991 from Komenda Training College. In the year 2001, he graduated from the Victory Bible Training Institute with a Diploma in Pastoral Ministries. Rev. Joseph Jehu-Appiah is currently the resident Pastor of Victory Bible Church International, Abba Adonai Sanctuary in Apam, Ghana, West Africa and the director of the Mephibosheth Ministry in Ghana. He is happily married to Andrea Jehu Appiah with two children, Hannah and Joshua.

Andrea Linder Jehu-Appiah was born and raised in New Jersey.   She obtained a bachelors degree in physical therapy from Temple University.   In 1995, she started doing short-term missions.  In 1999, she went to Ghana and fell in love with the people.  At the time, she saw that many people with disabilities had nothing—no wheelchair to get around and no means of education.  In 2001, she returned went to Ghana with the intent to stay for one year.  She learned not to put time perimeters on God, because God will have the final say.  During that year, she met Joseph Jehu-Appiah and volunteered at the local hospital where she met many children.  Most of the children were of school age, but could not attend a government school because of their disabilities.  


mephibosheth training centre

Mephibosheth Training Centre opened its doors in March 2005 with a program of 8 children.  At that time, the majority of children were not toilet-trained.  Over the years, MTC’s program grew with the help of God, the children’s families, supportive community members, and volunteers from near and far.  Now we have 70 children with various diagnoses.  The first group of children have finished their junior high and are awaiting results to continue with their journey of life.