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General News of Sunday, 1 July 2012

Source: Daily Guide

Methodist Bishop Wild Over Murder Cases

The RT. Rev. Dr. Kwaku Asamoah-Okyere, Administrative Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana, has bemoaned the high rate of reported murder cases in the country and cautioned Ghanaians to turn to God for protection.

He said most Ghanaians are currently so overwhelmed by social-economic pressures and are taking their own lives and that of others around them.

“As Christians, we need to turn to God for complete security and have the zeal to intercede for others and for a serene environment,” he urged.

The administrative bishop made the statement in Accra while delivering a sermon at the cerebration of the 10th anniversary of the collaboration between the Methodist Church -New Achimota Circuit Tantra Hill, St. Peters Society at Mile 7 and the Crown Terrace Methodist Aberdeen, Scotland.

The anniversary themed “Let Brotherly Love-Continue” was commemorated with the opening of a GH¢40,000 community library dedicated to the immediate past Presiding Bishop of the church, Rev Dr. Robert Aboagye-Mensah.

Rt. Rev. Asamoah-Okyere said the high rate of murder-suicides is an indication that the world is about to end.

“What people should understand is that Jesus Christ has the power to calm down every situation and control every environment,” he said adding that this could only be fulfilled on condition that people would have faith in him.

“I want to assure Ghanaians that the peaceful completion of the registration is an indication that there is a high possibility of a peaceful election” he said but called on Christians and Ghanaians in general to continue to pray towards the election.

Touching on the importance of evangelism, Rt. Rev. Asamoah-Okyere told worshippers to understand that there was a great reward associated with soul winning.

He announced that the church is sending our four full time ministers to the developed countries to work and win souls for Christ as part of an evangelism program.

The church he noted had realized that people have little time for Christ and the word of God in developed countries, hence the need for Christians in Africa to take the word of God there.

Resident Minister of the church, Very Rev. Philip K. Mintah, explained that the partnering of the church with Crown Terrace, Aberdeen had helped in training members of the girl’s fellowship and the church brigade in catering.

He noted the library would provide a refuge from the life on the streets, and become a place where young people would have access to books and afford them the opportunity to envision a better future.