Tuesday, April 28, 2009

DON'T INVOLVE YOURSELVES IN CHIEFTAINCY MATTERS...Bishop Gyamfi urges Christians (page 20)

THE Catholic Bishop of Sunyani, Most Rev. Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, has called on Christians not to get involved in chieftaincy matters and other activities that do not promote peace in their communities.
He said the duty of a Christian was always to ensure peace and unity wherever they found themselves as their Lord Jesus Christ did, since Christians were the light of the world and the salt of the earth.
Most Rev. Gyamfi made the call at the inauguration of the St Anthony Quasi Parish at Drobo in the Jaman South District in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He, therefore, urged Christians and churches to continue to preach peace and reconciliation which were the requisite ingredients for the forward march of the nation.
The parish which started in 1998 with 40 members, now boast 1,100 members with 12 outstations, including Nyamefie, Asuogya, Jenjemireja, Miremaano, Ampenkro/Asratoa, Tegese, Yaa Mansa, Faaman, Baanafour, Kofiko and Famekwa.
Most Rev. Gyamfi said now that the general election was over, it was time Ghanaians got united to move the country forward.
He said with the establishment of the parish, the members must endeavour to preach the good news as Jesus Christ told the Apostles and also be ambassadors of forgiveness, reconciliation, peace, love and understanding.
Most Rev. Gyamfi urged the people in the area to allow the power of God and the resurrection to work in their lives.
The Catholic Bishop advised the Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Paul Adjei, to be faithful to the church and to also preach to address particular problems confronting the area and also give the message of Christ to his members.   
In an address read on his behalf, the Brong Ahafo Regional Minister, Mr Kwadwo Nyamekye-Marfo, paid glowing tribute to the church for its contribution to the development of the country.
He called on the church to continue with its good works in the provision of healthcare, education and other social services apart from the spiritual aspect.
He urged the people to accept the President’s nominee for the position of District Chief Executive (DCE) to enable work to commence in earnest.
Mr Nyamekye-Marfo thanked Most Rev. Gyamfi for the good work he had done, saying “I wish the parish well and pray that the church will continue to grow from strength to strength in all its dealings”.
For his part, the Omanhene of Drobo Traditional Area, Beyeeman Bosea Gyinantwi, commended the Catholic Church for its contribution to the development of the area, and pledged the support of the traditional council to the church.
He called on the people to work in unity towards the rapid development of the area.

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