Conference of Young People’s Guild of Presbyterian Church opens
WA, Aug. 10, GNA – Rev Herbert Anim Oppong, Clerk of the
General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, has appealed to
the political leadership not to hold bitterness against their opponents or
turn deaf ear to the negative things people said against politicians.
“Love your enemies and do good to them that hate you. Let the
opposition push you to strive for a greater level of excellence, it is your
opportunity to become more intimate to God”, he said.
Rev Oppong said this at Wa in a speech read on his behalf at the
opening of the 71st annual national delegates' conference of the Young
People's Guild (YPG) of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana on Friday.
The five-day conference, which is being held at the Wa campus of the
University for Development Studies, is under the theme; “Let us rise up
He said since Ghana's independence, the ruling class had always seen
the opposition as enemies to be wiped out or to be silenced but the
activities of opponents should rather propel leaders to turn to God for
“Many times people will come into your life to oppose you but those
persons can turn out to be the greatest blessing in your life because
adversity will drive you to run to God”, he said.
He urged the youth of the Church to use the numerous talents, skills
and gifts they had to serve God, the Church and their communities.
As young people, he said, they needed to be passionate and willing to
do what God had made known to them and drew their attention Nehemiah
in the Holy Bible who was passionate and willing to build the wall of
Mr. Kale Caesar, the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister,
appealed to the youth to channel their energies into productive ventures,
volunteerism and to hold institutions accountable for the resources
entrusted to them.
He said as the youth, they would inherit any national debt that accrued
so they should be concerned about how loans contracted by state
institutions were utilized.
He said some communities were discreetly endorsing what he
described as ill-gotten wealth regardless of the negative example it was
setting for the country.
Mr. Caesar said society should revisit the values of hard work,
discipline chastity, striving for good reputation and respect for emulation
by the youth.
Mr Samuel Amoah Opare, National President of the Guild, said the
PCG only added 2,281 people to its number last year.
This, he said, represented a growth of 0.37 per cent, which was far
below its projected growth rate of 10 per cent and called for the institution
of radical measures to address that challenge.