General News of Monday, 10 March 2003
The Reverend Lawrence Tetteh, an Economist and International Evangelist based in the United Kingdom, on Monday called on Africans to open themselves up to the basic principles and aspirations that could help to develop the continent.
"Knowledge should not be limited because of our background or our environment'' he said, adding that until people were equipped they could not be effective to contribute their quota to national development.
Rev. Tetteh was speaking at a press conference called as a prelude to a three-week International Conference to be held in Accra beginning Wednesday March 12, for 15 African nations.
It would be organised by the World Miracle Outreach and the Airport Christian Centre, a Canadian based international ministry in conjunction with the Elim Pentecostal Church and the Lawrence Tetteh Ministry.
The conference under the theme: "Healing The Wounds Of Our Forefathers-Understanding Christian Principles" is to encourage leaders in third world nations to be proactive towards nation building and to help eradicate the paranoid stance taken by Christians.
Rev. Tetteh said Christian leaders in Africa needed not only deliver spiritual services to their communities but must be able to understand the principles underlying the development of nations in order to impart it to their congregation.
He noted that the conference, the first to be organised in Africa, would be a step towards building leaders, especially pastors and Evangelists to assist in the promotion of development in third world countries.
Rev. Tetteh noted that the conference was brought to Africa due to difficulties Africans faced to get to Canada, Toronto, after the September 11 attack on the United States.
He said the Canadian delegation in the country for the conference had expressed their interest in the development of certain areas of the economy adding that this would go a long way to improve the infrastructure.