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23.01.2006 Regional News

Anglican priest urges women to send their children to school

By GNA

Bekwai (Ash), Jan 23, GNA - The Venerable John Kingsley Mensah, the Archdeacon of the Bekwai Archdeaconry of the Anglican Church on Saturday urged Christian women to send their children to school.

Addressing the first ever conference of the Anglican Women's Fellowship of the Archdeaconry at Bekwai, Venerable Mensah told the women, "take advantage of the government's capitation grant to basic schools and send all your children of school-going age to school". The Archdeacon, who was opening the conference on behalf of the Anglican Bishop of Kumasi, the Right Reverend Daniel Yinkah Sarfo, stressed the need for Christians to be serious with the education of their wards and children.

He appealed to the women to stay united, adding, "We should be a church that is sharing, a church that fellowships together, a church that prays together".

Mr Fred Sekyi Boafo, Amansie East District Social Welfare Officer, who was the guest speaker, noted that Christians have the task of spreading the gospel to many people.

Speaking on the theme of the four-day conference, "Take The Gospel Home Without Walls", Mr Boafo advised Christians not to be selfish after hearing the gospel. "As Christians, we should not keep the gospel to ourselves but to let others also hear it".

He appealed to the women to do away with all attitudes and lifestyles that served as barriers to their urge to spread the word of God to others.

Mr Boafo catalogued hatred, tribalism, fear and selfishness as some of the habits in Christians that had created barriers for them to do the work of God.

He called on Christians to lead pure and morally upright lives. Madam Frances Georgina Assiamah, the Archdeaconry President of the Women's Fellowship, said the fellowship was formed in 1997 and enumerated improvement in Bible studies and the purchase of foam mattresses for hiring at Jachie as some of the achievements of the fellowship.

She said a bakery project at Manso failed because of financial constraints. "Another constraint facing us is that most of our members are not in business.

Madam Assiamah talked on HIV/AIDS and said since women were more vulnerable to the pandemic, it was important they kept to their partners.

The immediate past chaplain of the Diocesan Women's Fellowship of the church, Madam Gladys Sakyi, commended the Bekwai archdeaconry for organizing the conference.

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