HUNDREDS of Ghana National Association of Adventist Students (GNAAS) members from the ten regions of Ghana have gathered on the campus of University of Ghana, Legon, for their 35th annual congress. This year’s congress which started last week Sunday and ends tomorrow is themed “DARE” (Divine Approach to Reach Everyone).
Pastor Randy Skeete, an American Adventist evangelist, is the main speaker alongside 12 Ghanaian facilitators who have been leading various seminar topics since the event started. Adventist chaplains from different institutions in Ghana also attended.
Other guests who graced the occasion during the opening ceremony were Dr. I. B. Boateng, the dean of Advancement, Development, and Strategic Planning of Valley View University, Mr. Bright Amedehe, president of Christian University Fellowship. The rest were Rev. Dr. Abamfo Ofori Atiemo, University of Ghana Chaplaincy Board chairman, and Acting Executive Director for Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET), Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah, who represented the Minister of Education.
In his welcome address, Dr. Chris Anan Nunno, Executive Secretary of the Southern Ghana Union Conference in Accra, said Adventist Church in Ghana, with a little over 700, 000 members, has 70% of the congregants as youth, in the light of that God has blessed the Church. He challenged the delegates to look up to God. “There is a growing tendency, that, because of this little devil (referring to a mobile phone, he held his up) all of us are not on time.” He continued, “because of this little devil we always look down, as we walk we check Whatsapp, Facebook, Twitter, but I want to dare you, friends, look up.”
Theophilus Kwarteng, current GNAAS president, urged the attendees to use whatever profession they are in as a mission field. He said, “with our youthful exuberance if there is anything we can do for Christ it’s to bring others to His saving grace.”
Dr. I. B. Boateng, who was the third GNAAS president in the 1980s disclosed that by the grace of God all past presidents are living.
The guest speaker
Before the commencement of the congress, Pastor Randy Skeete, a sought-after speaker, preached at some local churches in Accra, including a 3-day revival he led at Legon Seventh-day Adventist Church. Pastor Skeete loves sharing the word of God. Last Sabbath, in a tweet on his Twitter handle, he shared, “My lovely Ghanaian brethren worked me hard today. 3 sermons in 6 hours, at 2 different churches. It’s an honor to preach! God bless us.”
His key Bible texts for this Sabbath sermon were taken from Exodus 20:3-17, under a topic, “No other gods before me.” He called attendees to put God first in their lives. He warned the students against things that put God off the center stage of their lives. Over 1400 people joined the Sabbath service and several others watched the livestream around the world.
History of GNAAS
According to Prof. Buor, the former Vice Chancellor of Valley University, who was president of Adventist Students Fellowship at the University of Ghana, in his 1982 report to Advent Messenger, the defunct official Adventist paper in West Africa indicated that the idea of GNAAS’ formation began in April 1980 at Adventist Teacher Training College, Asokore.
The University of Ghana Fellowship which he was leading was tasked to come up with a Draft Constitution for the new National Adventist Students Association. He added that on 22nd February 1981, a one-day congress was held at the School of Administration, University of Ghana,
Legon to ratify the Constitution. The meeting drew delegates from University of Ghana, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, University of Cape Coast, Teacher Training Colleges, and Secondary Schools across the country.
Theophilus Kwarteng, the GNAAS president told Ghana SDA News that the Adventist students held an evangelistic campaign in Ho , Volta Region ahead of the congress which brought in 57 baptisms. The speaker for that evangelistic series was Pastor Godswill T. K. Mensah, the Campus Ministry Director for the Southern Ghana Union Conference in Accra. Additional 40 people were baptized at the end of the Congress at Legon, Accra.