The Church of Pentecost is calling on men in society to dispel the unwanted stereotype that only women must do house chores particularly cooking.
The Church says it remains committed to educating its congregants as well as others that duties in the household are undertaken by both men and women. This will ensure that women are not overburdened.
To reinforce this notion, the Wa branch of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) organized a cook-fest aimed at unearthing the culinary potential of both men and women.
Speaking to the GBC during the contest, the Resident Minister for Wa PIWC, Pastor Emmanuel Pasteeco Arthur expressed hope that at the end of the contest all the participants would go home and continue the process of doing house chores.
The Church of Pentecost earlier this year launched a 5-year strategic plan to propagate the Word of God while engaging in social activities in a bid to educate people on the way to live their lives as Christians.
The entire plan was dubbed “Possessing the Nations”. As part of the social activities to ensure Christians live lives that glorify God, under the Possessing the Nations’ strategic plan, the Church decided to organise cooking contests across the country.
Pastor Arthur reiterated that cooking is not the preserve of women.
“We don’t actually believe it [cooking] is the preserve of women. As children of God, the Lord has endowed as with so many things and it is also important that we come out to support the women in terms of cooking and other house chores,” he said.
Pastor Arthur explained that “previously, women were house wives but today they actively work and so it is important that as men we come on board and support in whichever way we can. The home belongs to all of us and so if they [women] can cook, we can cook; we can together do things to ensure that the family runs perfectly to the glory of God”.
Two groups participated in the hour and half cooking contest.
Both teams prepared continental and local dishes accompanied by some freshly made appetizers and desserts.
Spelling out the rules for the contest, the judges mentioned organization of team members, nutritional value of food, taste of food prepared and ingenuity shown in the garnishing of the food prepared as some of the guidelines.
The two groups devised several strategies to outperform the other.
The maiden edition of the contest was won by the women.
Story filed by Mark Smith