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11.09.2005 Regional News

Prayer is needed for stability - Apostle


Accra, Sept 11, GNA - Apostle Degraft Osei Kwame, General Overseer of the Apostolic Faith Mission International, on Sunday noted that without prayer and the guidance of God, no nation could be certain of its political, social and economic stability. He said this was because prayer had the ability to change what seemed unchangeable.

Apostle Kwame made this observation during a church service to mark the fifth year of the Church's prayer fellowship in Accra. The service was to show appreciation to God for the wonders he had performed through fellowship called, "Gilgal Omuni" since its establishment, such as the healing of the sick and barren.

He said the prevalence of chaos in the form of wars, hunger disease and several other afflictions, in spite of the presence of bodies such as the United Nations, as well as efforts of world leaders and mankind as a whole to deal with these problems, bore evidence to man's limitations.

"We cannot ignore prayer because when you ignore prayer you ignore God," he said.

Apostle Kwame said there was the need for leaders on the continent to realise that prayer was the key to ending political unrest and urged all churches and prayer groups to pray for peace on the continent. Touching on the political situation in the country, Apostle Kwame said so far as the aim of every political party was national progress, the parties had to put the interest of Ghana before any of their own. He urged political parties, especially the two major parties, the New Patriotic Party and the National Democratic Congress to realise that putting aside their differences, their members are citizens of the same country.

Apostle Kwame observed that it was unfortunate that many young people in the country seemed to care less when it came to morality. He deplored "the upsurge in indecent dressing amongst the youth, especially young women," and advised that, as future leaders, young people had to be disciplined themselves to be able to ensure the nation's progress.

Apostle Kwame said apart from seeking the spiritual growth of its members, the church also had to endeavour to meet the physical needs of its members.

He urged leaders of the various churches to make it their goal to develop deprived communities within the country.

Established in 1996 with a handful of people, the Church now has a national membership of over a two thousand as well as branches in a number of African and European countries.