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21.03.2004 General News

Presby clergyman calls on Ghanaians to register

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Accra, Mar 21, GNA - The Reverend E. Kissiedu-Ayi, Director of Agriculture of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana has appealed to Ghanaians to patronize the on-going voters' registration exercise to enable them to exercise their franchise in the December general elections.

He noted that the registration was an important national exercise that should not be toyed with, and called on religious and opinion leaders to encourage their members to register.

Rev. Kissiedu-Ayi made the appeal when he delivered a sermon at a thanks-giving service to climax activities marking the 10th anniversary celebration of the Kaneshie District of the Presbyterian Singing Band Union in Accra on Sunday.

Delegates from all the 21 branches of the Union attended the anniversary, which was celebrated under the theme, "Come Let Us Walk in the Light of the Lord".

Rev. Kissiedu-Ayi noted that the ballot box was the best way of choosing leaders of a country, and it was incumbent on every citizen to ensure that the country consolidated the gains, which had been recorded in its democratic journey.

He advised Christians not to use the positions they hold in the church to measure the level of their faith, but rather strive hard to use their lives to positively influence others to change for the better.

Rev. Kissiedu-Ayi noted that God was the only source of light, and said, "until we are connected to Him, we will continue to wallow in our sinful deeds and deceive ourselves that we are Christians". "Let us allow the word of God to nurture us to grow spiritually to enable us bear fruits that are expected of Christians instead of sticking to sinful deeds".

Rev. Kissiedu-Ayi was not happy about the increasing number of street children, and called on churches, individuals and non-governmental organization to assist the government to address the problem.

In her report, Ms Gladys Doe, Secretary of the Union, said institutions such as the Weija Leprosarium, Kaneshie Cripples Home and Princess Marie Louis Children's Hospital have been visited and presented with a number of items by the union. She said the union intended to purchase a bus to embark on effective evangelism to establish more branches and win more souls for Christ. Seventeen members of the union, who had distinguished themselves were honoured at the function. 21 March 04

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