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28.12.2006 Social News

ARS Re-Unites After 7 Years

By Winston Tamakloe, New Tadzevu
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After seven years of a leadership tussle within the Apostles Revelation Society (ARS), its members and the leadership have resolved their differences and last Sunday celebrated their 67th annual convention together and in peace.

They converged at the church's international headquarters at New Tadzewu, in the Ketu district of the Volta Region, for the first time in seven years. The gathering, one of the largest recorded by the church in recent years, included members from Ghana, Togo, Benin and Cote d'Ivoire, as well as Europe and the United States.

The week-long celebration is on the theme, 'Fear not, for I am with you'.
Reverend Apostle James Amega, whose succession bid had been opposed by Rev. Apostle C. K. Attipoe and Mama Kekeli Afanyetornye, was flanked by the two in a gesture of peace and reconciliation, as he has now been recognised as leader of the church.

Rev. Apostle Amega said that noted that there would be no turning back once the leadership had united, and as proof of that, he invited Reverend Attipoe to preach the sermon.
Preaching the sermon, Rev. Apostle Attipoe asked Christians to revere God if they must gain salvation.

'You must have faith in the Lord so that your wishes will be fulfilled,' he said.
Rev. Attipoe urged the congregation to use the theme of the anniversary to give hope to the oppressed, and to give thanks to the Lord for resolving the problem that bedevilled the church.
Volta Regional Minister Kofi Dzamesi, in a speech, commended the leadership of the church for re-uniting and appealed to them to sustain it.

He stressed the need for them to work hard to win more souls for Christ.
The ARS has since 1999, suffered factional differences over the issue of a legitimate successor after the death that year of the founder and spiritual leader, Mawufeame Reverend Apostle C.K. Wovenu.