Eunice Hilda Ampomah, GNA
Accra, Oct. 20, GNA –
The Ghana Military Christian Fellowship (GMCF) on Saturday observed an
International Day of Intercessory Prayers for Ghana and the Security Services
to promote development of the country and strengthen the Services in execution
of their duties.
The day was also
observed to pray for strength for the Security Services especially the Military
to discourage some Personnel from seeking non-Christian spiritual interventions
and protection in exercising their duties.
The programme which
was held in Accra saw participants from the Security Services including the
Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Prisons Service, the Ghana Fire Service, the
Immigration Service, the Customs Excise and Preventive Service as well as the
Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship.
Obed Boamah Akwa, the Chief of Defence Staff in a statement delivered on his
behalf as the Guest of Honour re-launched the Fellowship and advised the
Military Service personnel to have a sense of discipline and integrity in the
discharge of their duties.
He said it was the
duty of the Military personnel to defend the sovereignty and security of all
citizenry, adding that they were expected to defend the nation even at the
peril of their lives, hence the need for them to embrace Christianity totally
and accept Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.
He noted that, a
Security personnel who knew God was expected to be morally upright, disciplined
and dedicated to his profession, and such personnel are likely to excel in
Lt Gen Boamah Akwa
commended the leaders of the Fellowship for successful organisation of the
programme and pledged his support for the progress of the Fellowship.
He said even though
the duties of the Service included fighting against flesh; however, as Christians
they should always be mindful that they do not wage war against flesh and
blood, but against principalities and powers of the darkness and spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly realms, and urged them to put on the full armour
The Chief of Defense
Staff noted that some of the challenges the Fellowship had encountered included
alcoholism and drug addiction.
“There are also some
personnel who consult various types of oracle and fetish priests especially
when they are to embark on peace keeping missions,”.
Joshua Hamidu (Retired), Grand Patron of the GMCF said the observation of the
Day would alert the members that Christ is the Commander-In-Chief of the
Service and beyond and that they needed to adhere to his rules in order to be
successful in their Profession.
He urged the
leadership of the Fellowship to work relentlessly until it ensured that the
Fellowship developed to become widely known and accepted across the globe.
Brigadier General Mike
Akpatsu, President of the GMCF said the fellowship was for all personnel to be
equal irrespective of ranks in the house of God, adding that all leadership in
the Service must be built on the tenets of Christ.
He urged the Service
to pray for the country and its leaders who face unbearable responsibilities
from creation of jobs to provision of quality education and health.
He advised them to
pray for the personnel who resort to seeking spiritual protection elsewhere,
adding that as ‘Soldiers of the Cross, we need to stand up for Christ’.
Brig Gen Akpatsu noted
that Christians and Muslims pray for the peace of the country, therefore it was
the responsibility of the Service to protect the peace the country enjoyed and
called for sustained prayers for peace and progress.
He said any country
without a strong armed forces was failing, therefore.