From Richard Owusu-Akyaw, Kumasi
The Executive Secretary for the National Coalition for Proper Human Sexual Rights and Family Values, Mr. Moses Foh-Amoaning, has charged Ghanaian youth to reject same sex doctrine and be guarded by the tenets of Christianity.
Foh-Amoaning stated that, same sex menace in Ghana is not a joke and urged the youth to pray for God’s strength, in order to shy away from the immoral act.
He gave this admonition at the opening ceremony of the 11th Biennial Connexional Delegates Conference of the Boys and Girls Brigade of the association of Methodist Brigades Ghana, held at the University of Science and Technology (KNUST) under the theme: “Intensifying our teaching ministry towards disciple making: The young person in focus”
The four-day event brought all Brigade leaders across Ghana together. He informed that the forum that the Methodist Church in the United Kingdom (U.K), which is the mother church, had subscribed to same sex marriage, a development he noted was amazing, but urged the youth to pray for God’s strength because same sex marriage is real.
Lawyer Moses Foh-Amoaning expressed optimism that prayers at the four day event, will go a long way to equip the youth to know the word of Jesus Christ since same sex is not a joke.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah, as the Guest Speaker appealed to the leadership of the Methodist Church and the Brigade in the region to support the Regional Co-ordinating Council in its drive to keep the region Clean and Green.
Osei-Mensah said Sanitation is a collective responsibility and for a Brigade, which has a large following of youth, there is a lot it can do in this respect. He urged Ghanaians to keep their surroundings clean at all times and imbibe this value in our youth. This, he said, is the surest way to get sanitation to Ghanaians.
He stressed that the Regional Co-ordinating Council is always ready to support any initiative that promotes sanitation in the region.
On church- state partnership, Minister Osei-Mensah asserted that the Methodist has always been a great partner to the state in development and has over the years, demonstrated its willingness to support the government pursue development in the provision of developmental projects and social interventions. “It is the hope of this government that the existing partnership between government and the Methodist Church will grow from strength to strength in the coming years for greater progress”, the Minister said.
The Kumasi Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Right Rev Christopher Nyarko Andam, said discipleship, one of the coordinates of the great commission, is a duty that the church cannot ignore or play down.
He said brigade is not about drilling, but teaching youth on how to live a chastity life.
The Methodist prelate, noted that brigade is meant to institute an organised discipleship programme to ensure that organised teachings in a structured manner help make the brigadiers God fearing.
Touching on growing vices, which militate against the development of youth in the society, he charged brigade leaders to teach the youth the word of God on discipleship.
Prof. Leroy Thomson, a lecturer at California State University, who addressed the gathering, urged the youth to be focused and transformed towards positive life.