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09.03.2007 General News

SDA Women Seek God's Favour For Nation

By Samuel Nuamah

THE Women’s Ministry of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church on Saturday, held a special prayer session to seek God’s favour and blessings for the country as part of the church’s activities to mark the Ghana @ 50 celebration.

Dubbed 'Ghana @ 50 – Women’s Day of Prayer,' the occasion was characterised by fasting, song ministration and prayers.

Addressing the congregation, Mrs Margaret Osei, Women’s Ministries Director of the SDA Ghana Union Conference, said 50 years as an independent country 'is a great cause for reflection on what God has done for us as women and as a nation.'

She said like the Jewish meaning of the Jubilee Year, 'we should foster harmony and love among all Ghanaians and eschew tribalism, political division, religious division and fighting.'

Mrs Osei stated further that Ghanaians in general must acknowledge the fact that it is by the grace of divine providence of God that Ghana has reached this far.

'Being mothers of the nation, let us not render services to the nation for self-economic advancement and as an opportunity to amass wealth.'

'On the contrary, let every service we render be a selfless and sacrificial dedication to God and our country. In this way, seeking the common good and interest of all shall be our desire.'

She urged women to extol virtues like honesty, respect, fear for God and mankind and to live together in freedom and justice 'as one big united and loving family.'

Touching on the moral decadence that has characterised the society, Mrs Osei advised young women against yielding to peer pressure.

She condemned the desire to get-rich through fair or foul means, indecent dressing, indecent language and profane songs and urged the church, opinion leaders, parents and teachers to deal with such bad practices.

Paster Samuel A. Larmie, president of the SDA, Ghana Union Conference, prayed that the peace prevailing in the country would be sustained.

He also prayed for unity of purpose for both the government and the opposition so that the citizenry would also follow their example and wished for God’s direction and guidance for the country’s leaders.