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07.10.2005 Regional News

Change perception of Twelve Apostle Church - Ghanaians urged

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Agona Mensakrom (C/R), Oct 7, GNA - The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Harris Twelve Apostle Church, Nana Essel Sey, has called on Ghanaians to change their perception that the Church had gods behind it. He said that it was not true that it used witches and wizards to heal people at its branches and camps managed by Prophets and Prophetesses.

Nana Sey was speaking at the four-day National Convention of the Church at Mensakrom in the Agona District of the Central Region. He urged the youth who had distanced themselves from the Church because of the bad name that had been given to it to discard the notion and join to ensure their personal development and the advancement of the Church.

Nana Sey who is also the National Organiser of the Church stated that it had been restructured to change the bad impression people had entertained over the years. He said the Church was being popularised both in and outside the country with more branches being opened to promote its outreach programmes.

The PRO stated that the leaders and elders of the Church had agreed to pursue an open door policy since it had nothing to hide and said that "even big Pastors and leaders of various Churches come to seek healing and Holy Ghost Spirit from us when the need arise". Nana Owusu Afriyie, National Chairman of the Church, said that a committee has been set up to tour its branches throughout the country to educate members on the need to embrace the National Health Insurance Scheme to enable them to have access to quality health care. He urged the youth to abstain from unprotected and pre-marital sex to avoid the HIV/AIDS pandemic, which was spreading at an alarming rate in the country.

The National Chairman pointed out that if the disease was not curbed it would have an adverse effect on productivity and said that Pastors of the Church had been instructed to use the pulpit to educate members and the public about the dangers of the disease.

He urged Ghanaians especially the youth to go into farming to ensure food security for the country and said the Church had established farms in the Brong Ahafo, Ashanti, Central, Eastern and Western regions. Pastor Emmanuel Attah in-charge of Kumasi Esuofuah, in a sermon urged politicians and social commentators to watch their utterances on national issues to ensure peace and stability in the country.

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