Week of fasting, thanksgiving to be instituted

A National Week of fasting, prayer and thanksgiving, begins this year. It will be organised by the Christian community, in collaboration with the government.

A meeting to discuss the maiden programme took place at the Banquet Hall of the Flagstaff House Monday when the President hosted the senior clergy to a breakfast meeting.

The meeting elected the General Secretary of the Christian Council of Ghana, Rt Rev. Dr K. Opuni-Frimpong, to be the lead person in the organisation of the prayer week.

The Christian community has been organising the National Day of Prayer, but from this year its scope will be widened.

After the opening speech by the President, discussions on the programme were held behind closed doors.

President Mahama told the assembly of ministers of the Gospel that the government was ready to partner them to make the exercise successful.

He said Ghana could not afford to forget God who had guided the nation to achieve peace and progress. Prayers not enough

President Mahama pointed out, however, that much as prayers were important in helping to shape society and the nation, that alone could not achieve the development needed.

He, therefore, called for hard work from the people and advised all to take advantage of the opportunities that existed in the country.

He recalled that during his working visit to the Western Region, he had brought the situation to the fore by urging the people of the region not to overlook the opportunities in the resource-rich region but take advantage of them.

Among the senior clergymen who attended the breakfast meeting were Archbishop Nicholas Duncan-Williams, the General Overseer of the Christian Action Faith Ministries; Rev. Dr Ampiah Kwofie, the General Overseer of the Global Revival Ministries, and Rt Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Asante, the Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church of Ghana.

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