Sunyani SDA march for peace
From Michael Boateng, Sunyani (PICK PIC AS SDA)
The District Pastor of Sunyani South of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA), Daniel Brafi, has exhorted Ghanaians to pray and avail themselves to God for a complete change and renewed hearts and minds, devoid of acrimonies, as the 2012 general elections approach.
Pastor Brafi said this at the end of the Sunyani South District of the SDA 2012 Annual Camp Meeting held in Sunyani under the theme: “Revived by his word.” The camp was attended by 10 churches within the Sunyani South District of the SDA, with a total of 1,400 participants.
According to Pastor Brafi, the hearts of Ghanaians were filled with hatred, strife, bitterness, envy, laziness towards their neighbours and God’s work, therefore, defiling their love, services and worships to God.
He continued that many Ghanaians had entered deeper into a spirit of worldly enterprise, leaving the work of God to suffer.However, God, by His grace,was calling on the people of Ghana for spiritual revival by His word.
The closing ceremony of the camp meeting was preceded with a float through some principal streets of Sunyani, where the participants carried placards calling for peaceful elections in the country, with some of the inscriptions reading; “Ghana is the only country we have,’‘Tolerate each other’s views without violence,’ and ‘Your political opponent is not your enemy,’ among others.”
After the float, the church members converged at the New Town SDA Church to pray together with invited persons from all the political parties in the region for peaceful elections.
In his sermon captioned; “How to serve God and Nation”, Pastor Daniel Brafi called on the participants to live decent lifestyles worth emulating to save the nation from violence.
According to the Host Pastor, Ghanaians were one family, people and nation with diverse views, which, when enhanced together constructively, would speed up the development of Ghana.
He advised the gathering against acts of divisiveness, reiterating that as Christians, they should always remember that the scripture encourages unity and compassion for one another.
Pastor Brafi stated that as the elections approach, politicians are expected to debate on issues that affect the development of the nation and the improvement of the welfare of the people, particularly, the poor, weak and vulnerable in society.
“Political leaders and those seeking positions of leadership must tell us what they can do in managing resources to the advantage of the citizenry, instead of attacking personalities,” he emphasised.
The Elder in charge of the Youth, Edward OpokuAntwi, advised the youth not to be used by politicians as vessels for violence, but analyze the issues politicians bring on board to ascertain their feasibility, before voting for them.
He called on the youth to learn hard and support politicians who would create more jobs for the teeming unemployed youth in the country.
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