General News of Thursday, 17 May 2012
A former President of Ghana, John Agyekum Kufuor, has appealed to Ghanaians to support any well-meaning project aimed at improving the livelihood of the people.
He emphasised that it is only through some of these initiatives that people’s lives would be impacted positively.
Ex-President Kufuor made the appeal when he launched the Duncan-Williams Foundation in Accra. The aim of the foundation is to improve the lives of the under-privileged and the needy, mostly in rural communities.
Launching the project, Ex-President Kufuor urged Ghanaians to throw their weights behind people who take up such initiatives like Arch-Bishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams and many others who, one way or the other have touched the lives of individuals and society as a whole. He said such initiative can only survive if Ghanaians will support it whole-heartedly.
The Duncan-Williams Foundation is the brain-child of the Founder and Overseer of the Action Chapel International, Arch-Bishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams. The foundation is expected to build six classroom blocks in 12 communities across the country. The foundation will soon sink bole-holes in some selected communities to improve potable water in those parts of the country. The Arch-Bishop expressed his gratitude to former President Kufuor and invited dignitaries for having had time to support this worthy course.
He was very optimistic that the project will go a long way to improve the livelihood of the selected communities.
Former first-lady, Nana Konadu Agyeman-Rawlings and former Vice-President of Zambia, Mr. Nevers Mumba all lauded the initiatives, adding that the project has come at an opportune time to bring development at the door steps of communities on the African continent.
In a related development, the Action Chapel International held a special thanksgiving ceremony to thank God for having kept the life of Arch-Bishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams for 55 years. The Arch-Bishop turned 55 last Saturday, May 12.
In a special sermon, the Founder of the Charismatic Evangelistic Ministries, Rev. Steve Mensah admonished Christians, particular ministers of God to redirect and focus their message on eternity on less-privileged and the needy in society, adding that the Greatest Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ was centred on compassion, healing, caring and providing for the sick and the needy.
He explained that it does not augur well for Christians to always confine themselves in what he described as “comfort zones” but must all times endeavour to reach out to the poor. “Evangelism as part of the mission of my church has made huge impact on the people of the north, who are mostly peasant farmers and live in abject poverty”, he stated.
“With the support of the Arch-Bishop Duncan-Williams, we managed to distribute thousand cutlasses to the farmers there”, he added. According to Rev. Mensah, this singular gesture has brought hope and a lot of smiles on the faces of the farmers in that part of the country.
Quoting copiously from the Bible, Rev. Mensah appealed to members of the church and Christians in general to support the Duncan-Williams Foundation to achieve its purpose. The Senior Bishop of the Action Chapel International, Bishop James Saah also added his voice for the need for members to give their widow’s mite to ensure that the foundation survives and touches the lives of many in remote and deprived communities across the country.