[Photo: Minister for Railways in a pose with the Executive Secretary and Mrs Afua Ghartey]
The Minister for Railways and member of Ghana's Parliament, Honourable Joe Ghartey has praised the Church for its role in national development.
"The Adventist Church, I must say is doing well in nation-building. I feel blessed to be part of the church service today," Honourable Ghartey said.
He said this when he joined members of the Bible Society of Ghana to worship with the Labone Adventist Church during the launch of the activities marking the Bible week on Saturday, March 3, 2018. It was on the theme "The Bible and our Civic Responsibility."
Speaking on this theme, the Rector of the Akropong Christallier Bible Seminary, Rev. Dr. Benhardt Y. Quarshie charged Christians to faithfully discharge their civic duties and to take an interest in seeking the good of the nation. According to him, each citizen has a responsibility to pay taxes and to expect the state leaders to give them protection, good drinking water, proper sanitation, and security.
The Bible Week, organised by the Bible Society of Ghana and Christian Churches is an opportunity for pulpit exchange of different churches and a period for raising funds in churches to support the translation of Bibles into the local languages. It is normally marked in February each year but was marked in Adventist Churches in March because of the Pentecost 2018 activities in February.
An appeal for new members and a commitment to buy a Bible as gift for someone was launched by the Chairperson of the Bible Society of Ghana, Mrs Afua Ghartey, wife of the Minister for Railways. In response, many members of the local congregation picked up membership forms to sign on.
"I used to be a member many years ago but stopped contributing. I am signing on again because I want to see the Bible translated into all Ghanaian languages and available in every home. That is the only way the gospel can reach everyone," said Madam Dzigbodi, a local member.
Members of the delegation were given copies of the Sabbath School Quarterly and the book Story of Hope.
[Photo: Members of the Bible Society with the officiating team]Other dignitaries at the launch were the General Secretary of the Bible Society, Rev. Dr Erasmus Odonkor, and Chairman of the Bible Society of Ghana, Mrs Afua Ghartey, and members of the Bible Society of Ghana. Others are Executive Secretary of the Southern Ghana Union, Pastor Chris Annan-Nunoo, President of the Accra City Conference, Pastor Solomon O.T. Hammond and some Directors and workers of the Union and Conference.