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General News of Sunday, 31 May 2015

Source: GNA

'Women must impact society with goodness'

Mrs Matilda Amissah-Arthur, wife of the Vice-President at the weekend called on women to use their inborn qualities of piety to bring along Ghanaians as one people to tackle developmental and moral issues plaguing the society.

Mrs Amissah-Arthur, who made the call at the opening ceremony of the fourth National Women’s Convention of the Global Evangelical Church, (GEC) at Wumenu, in the Adaklu District of the Volta Region, said there is too much polarisation in the country.

“Today, the country is badly polarized. Everything is seen in political colours. We should rise above it and love each other irrespective of who we are; party affiliation, tribe, social standing,” she said.

The theme for the three-day event, being attended by around 4,000 delegates is: “Walking with God the Holy Spirit-Our Role as Christian Women.”

Mrs Amissah-Arthur said women have the gift of mentorship and with a lot of influence in homes, but expressed regret that some are not using those skills well enough to the advantage of the society.

She said while God loath discrimination, many women “even in the church” discriminate against others, based on tribe, socio-economic standing and educational levels.

Mrs Amissah-Arthur said “walking with God is not easy” but going by the promptings of the Holy Spirit and prayers, one could find a way.

She said society is suffering because “each of us is probably not doing what he or she is supposed to do”.

Ms Helen Adjoa Ntoso, Regional Minister lauded women for their role in family life and national development.

Mrs Edith Adoblosu-Kuhlor, Coordinator of the Women’s Ministry expressed worry about “skirmishes all over the country” and appealed to the security agencies to be more proactive.

“It is our prayer that Ghanaians will be more tolerant in dealing with each other,” she stated, adding that that “our tribal and religious differences should not tear the country apart”.

Mrs Adoblosu-Kuhlor said women in the church are concerned about the negative impact of the social media in the society and also condemned “indecent language and profane utterances on the television and radio”.

“As mothers we condemn the pornographic material, insults against the president and those in authority, lies and defamation of character circulated on twitter, facebook.

“Our youth take interest in reading these instead of seeing to their textbooks and visiting libraries.”

Mrs Adoblosu-Kuhlor said the Ministry caters for both spiritual and physical needs of members, including skills training and communal businesses.

Right Reverend Dr Edem Kwaku Tettey, Moderator of the GEC, lauded the leadership of Women’s Ministry for striding on to organise the convention despite the challenges.

He implored women to use influence and resourcefulness for the good of the society.

Rev Tetteh appealed to governments to give resources to women in various forms to impact positively on the society.

Rev Emmanuel Bredzei, National Coordinator of the Men’s Ministry in a fraternal message called for support and prayers for their women counterparts.

There were prayers for peace in Ghana, the President and all arms of government at the ceremony characterised by veneration of God through singing and dancing within the football field size arena by the women resplendent in their mainly blue, yellow and white designed membership cloths.

Mrs Amissah-Arthur later presented orthopaedic items to the Women’s Ministry to be given to inmates of the cured lepers communities at the outskirts of Ho.