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05.08.2006 Regional News

Christians asked to play active role in political governance

By GNA
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The Sunyani Methodist Diocesan Chapter of the Christ Little Band has ended its third biennial delegates' conference at Dormaa Ahenkro with a call on members to contest in national elections.

The Conference, which brought together delegates from 11 Circuits of the Church, was under the theme: "Preach the Gospel by developing Disciples".

The Sunyani Diocesan Bishop of the Church, Rt. Rev. James Baffour Awuah, urged members to play active role in the development of their communities.

"We are in an era when political power determines the destiny of the people. Christians, especially the organisations, women, the youth, apart from the normal prayers, should actively involve themselves in the political governance of the society", the Bishop urged.

Bishop Baffour Awuah said while it was necessary for members to honour their civic responsibility by voting, it was equally prudent to join the race as candidates.

The Bishop also urged the Methodist congregation nationwide to read the Bible regularly in order to maintain their close link with God.

The Superintendent Minister for the Dormaa Ahenkro Methodist Circuit, Very Rev. Joseph Maxwell Osei, reminded the Church that Jesus Christ is the ultimate supplier of needs and asked the congregation to win his honour and glory at all times.

"Winners don't quit in their quest to gain recognition from society and the Creator", he held.

The Diocesan President of the Association, Nana Boakye-Yiadom Samuel, said the Christ's Little Band, which is 120 years old in Ghana and 36 years in the Brong Ahafo Region, was founded by some leaders of the church.

He appealed to sister religious organisations to co-exist peacefully and forge ahead in unity.

The Dormaa District Chief Executive, Squadron Leader Benjamin Anane-Asamoah (rtd), expressed the need for the church to partner with the state to sustain the current peace "without which our freedom of association would remain a mirage."

He tasked religious groups to intensify lessons on discipline among the youth.

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