Minister urges Church to participate community development
Date published: October 29, 2012
Stories from Samuel Agbewode
The Volta Regional Minister, Mr. Henry Ford Kamel, has commended the church for its continuous efforts directed at promoting the spiritual, socio-cultural and development of human resource through education, which had contributed immensely towards the socioeconomic development of the country over the years.
Mr. Kamel stressed the need for the church to take stock and rededicate its efforts to the task of ensuring its further growth, as well as the development of Christian life in the people.
He further said that this ought to be demonstrated to believers and non-believers alike that Godly values could be heard and seen through thought and deed.
In a speech read for him at the 51st General Conference of the Lords Pentecostal International Church in Ho, the Regional Minister pointed out that for Christians to exhibit high principles for others to emulate, they should get actively involved in community development, and play leading roles in the building of society to complement the government’s development effort.
Mr. Kamel noted that as individual Christians, society had set standards to measure conducts, therefore, Christians ought to distinguish themselves in all their activities in order to be role models.
He asked the church and individual members to avoid conflict situations, division and unnecessary litigation, so that their lives could depict the true nature of Christ.
He noted that moral uprightness and fortitude were required for individual and collective spiritual growth, that and there was the need to make these virtues part of individual Christian lives.
Mr. Kamel said the enormous challenge moral decadence posed to the church and society could not be underrated, and mentioned the upsurge in teenage pregnancy, the use of hard drugs, the increase in the use and cultivation of Indian hemp in villages and towns, as well as the indulgence in occultism by the youth, particularly students, should be a matter of concern to all.
He reminded the church of the God-given responsibility of praying for the leadership of the country for divine guidance and direction, because the leaders of the nation were just vessels in God’s hands.
The General Overseer of the Lord Pentecostal International Church, Apostle Richard Buafor, said the church had over 100 branches within and abroad, which placed emphasis on evangelism to save more souls for Christ, and also involved in community services such as the organisation of health programmes by the health unit of the church to educate the public on the need to protect themselves against communicable diseases.
Apostle Buafor said apart from helping to address the spiritual needs of the people, the church also put in place measures to tackle their physical needs.
He said this motivated the church to establish a GH¢10,000 education fund to assist the educational needs of children in the church.
The General Overseer disclosed that 700 school children in the church had already benefitted from the fund through the purchase of school uniforms, payment of school fees and feeding.
He further said that the church had also supported the people of ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ in Accra with its health programmes, as they were screened, and those found with serious medical problems referred to the hospital.
Apostle Buafor further disclosed that the church had established a GH¢200,000 credit facility to help the needy, which was aimed at assisting them improve upon their standard of living.
He added that the church had equally involved itself in leadership training programmes for the pastors, since leadership seems to be a major development challenge confronting the world.
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