Put Ghana First – Methodist Bishop

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From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi

The Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Most Rev. Professor Emmanuel Asante, has reiterated the need for Ghanaians irrespective of their political, religious and ethnic lineages to put the country above their parochial interests by striving hard to maintain peace and national co-existence as the Supreme Court set aside August 29, for its verdict on the 2012 election petition.

He called on the citizens to be vigilant, as well as seek to pursue peaceful atmosphere toward accepting the ruling of the Supreme Court.

Most Rev. Professor Asante, who is also the Chairman of the National Peace Council in an interview with The Herald after he delivered a sermon at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Ayigya Bethel Society of the Methodist Church, said that “ This is the only Ghana bequeathed to us by our forbearers, we should not do anything in the name of politics to destroy this beautiful country”.

“God will not spare us of His wrath if, for the sake of selfish interest of some few persons to set this splendid vegetation on flame,’’ he added. According to him, his heart saddens any time he travels to war ravaged nations on the globe, hence the need for Ghanaians to take a cue from the agony people suffer in times of civil unrest.

He warned the youth to desist from being pushed by politicians who want to satisfy their personal egos to cause mayhem.

“This country belongs to the youth, therefore, I want to admonish them to avoid being influenced by self seeking politicians to cause inferno after the ruling.

After all, no party will be the winner in this case but Ghana,’’ he voiced out.

In his earlier preaching on the anniversary theme, “Harnessing Our Resources for Ministry’’, Rev. Professor Asante called on the leadership of the church to redefine its means of generating income internally to increase evangelism activities .

He expressed the need for the well established societies of the church to reach out to those in the hinter lands by way of financial support.
He said, the past of the church is very relevant if the present leadership is to make impact.

The Ayigya Methodist Church was founded in 1962 through the instrumentality of Mr. E.K B Sarquah.

Very Rev. Samuel Kusi, the Superintendent Minister of the Ayigya Society, disclosed that the society currently runs a Providence Fund Association which helps members to have access to soft loans to meet their financial obligations.

The society he said, has now opted for a complex school programme to train Ghanaian youth.

According to him, the society has set up a vocational school and have just commenced basic school from the nursery and Kindergarten and a Technology school which has taken off.

The school of Technology, Very Rev. Kusi explained was being jointly established with the Kumasi Diocese at the commencement stage and would eventually be taken over by the Ayigya Society.

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