THREE Districts in two conferences under the Northern Ghana Union Mission (NOGH) have so far ended their 2017 Annual Camp Meetings as other districts prepare for theirs in the weeks ahead of August.
While Anwomaso District in the South Central Ghana Conference (SCGC) held its camp in the first week of August, Bantama and Tafo Mile 3 Districts of the Mid Central Ghana Conference (MIGC) followed in the second week of August.
However, a greater number of districts within the precinct of the NOGH are expected to hold their camps in the third and fourth weeks of August.
Faithfulness to His Word
In his message copied to all districts in the NOGH, the Union President, Pastor Dr. Kwame Kwanin Boakye says annual camp meetings have been family gatherings to thank the Lord for “His sustaining grace and matchless protection”.
He also expresses the belief that camp meetings offer campers the opportunity to commit themselves into God’s hands “to be overcomers in His name” and for campers to be “empowered by God for the accomplishment of His work”.
Speaking on the theme for 2017 annual camp meeting: “Faithfulness to His Word”, he entreats all Seventh-day Adventists to remain as much faithful to the word of God.
That to him is accompanied by a sub-theme which is “Equipping the Church for the Harvest” to be in line with Pentecost 2018, a global evangelistic campaign to be held in Ghana early next year.
He states: “The task of doubling our membership would not be done by a few pastors and church members but rather by the entire church through the Total Membership Involvement (TMI), an initiative that was launched two years ago by the General Conference President, Ted Wilson”.
“The TMI is a full-scale, world church evangelistic thrust that involves every member, every church, every administrative entirety, every type of public ministry, personal and institutional outreaches. Let us all get involved in doing the Lord’s work as we prepare ourselves and others for the coming King. I wish you successful camp-meeting. God bless you!”
Ashanti Regional Minister calls for Prayer Support
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Simon Osei-Mensah who attended the Bantama Camp Meeting pledged government’s support for the camp.
Towards harvest to building a new church for the Suame North SDA, the minister donated GHc3,000.00 and promised 100 bags of cement in addition.
He called on the people to be patient with the government, saying that Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration though a few months in office was rolling out the Free SHS programme in September 2017.
He maintained that his government was able to deliver on all its campaign promises to the people of Ghana and asked for the prayer support of the church.
The former MP for Nsuta-Kwarmang-Beposo & Deputy Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Kwame Osei-Prempeh was joined by a representative of the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to lead the fund raising ceremony during the climax of the camp meeting at Bantama.
State requires faithful leaders
Both the Executive Secretary of the MICG, Pastor Amponsah Acheampong and the Communication Director of the MICG who doubles as the Bantama District Pastor, Alexander Marfoh stated that Ghana would need faithful leaders to develop the country.
They held unto the assumption that most state leaders were not faithful in terms of contracts, management of state funds, monitoring of state works, among others and if faithfulness reflect in work of these leaders, the country would go places.
They however, said a greater number of Ghanaian leaders were either Christians or Muslims and should they exhibit faithfulness in their endeavours it would give the few others with different religious backgrounds opportunity to emulate that good example.
Bantama District baptised 21 souls – 11 males and 10 females.