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The President of U.K-based International Gospel outreach (IGO), Rev. Kingsley Armstrong, has observed that the peace and stability being enjoyed by Ghana, especially after the 2016 general elections emanates from God, who has poured special blessing on the country.
He noted that for the past 60 years after independence, Ghana has enjoyed absolute peace because she has placed her hope and trust in the Lord, who has indicated that “blessed is the people, whose God is the Lord” and it is because of this that the country has enjoyed peaceful electoral transition from one government to another, and especially the 2016 general elections.
Rev. Armstrong expressed these sentiments during a Dinner with the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship (PCF) meeting on Tuesday May 23, 2017 at the Banquet Hall, State House in Accra.
At this meeting, two former Members of Parliament (MPs) and founding members of the PCF were honored by being given honorary membership to the IGO.
They are Hon. S. K Boafo, former New Patriotic Party (NPP) for Subin in the Ashanti Region and also Ashanti Regional Minister, and Hon. Geshon Gbediame, former National Democratic Congress (NDC) Member of Parliament for Nkwanta South in the Volta Region.
Rev. Armstrong, who expressed his happiness to be in Ghana for the second time, noted that Ghana lost a lot during colonization, but since she has put her trust and hope in the Lord, God, through His Son Jesus Christ is going to restore all as pertained in Ezekiel 9:11; that with God hopelessness will be turned into hope, stressing that hope is a very strong tenet in God’s three promises of Hope, Faith and Belief.
Citing the hope of Rachel in the Book of Joshua, Rev. Armstrong indicated that hope binds together the promises God give to this people.
He described Rachel’s story as mind-buggling and hope-oriented, revealing the promise of God to give the Promised Land to the Israelites.
Rev. Armstrong subsequently charged Ghanaians to continue to hope and trust in God in fulfillment of His promises. And with this the enemy will always flees from them (Ghanaians). He later presented the two MPs with special membership cards from the IGO, while inviting them to the 50th Anniversary of the IGO in October this year.
Hon. Boafo and Gbediame expressed gratitude to the IGO for the honour done them, while promising to continue to do God’s work.
Hon. Boafo gave a chilling history on how he as President of the PCF had to struggle to cough up GH¢1,000 (¢10m) about ten (10) years ago, to secure the Banquet Hall for the establishment of the PCF.
He indicated that as President of the fellowship, he was then in opposition. However, his brother Gbediame, then in government greatly assisted him and they were thus able to establish the fellowship which had come to stay.
He appealed to churches to occasionally invite them so that they could come to mentor the youth. Hon. Gbediame on his part stated that in joining the PCF, he took inspiration from Daniel and Co, when they refused to eat the King’s food while in captivity, but appearing stronger and healthier than the others, after ten days. He indicated that after teaching for 20 years, and being in Parliament for 20 years he will use the rest of his life to serve humanity, indicated that it will not be surprising to see him in collar from now.
Earlier, Rev. Osmond Osei Owusu, of IGO, UK in his welcome address stated that besides honouring the two former MPs, the two Christian entities (PCF and IGO) were there to thank God for a peaceful election in 2016 for Ghana.
According to him, there were fear, anxiety and rumor of political upheaval, before, during and even after the election. As a result of which many fled the country in that period.
However, through God’s grace, there came a smooth election and transition from one government to another. It was for this reason that he had met them to acknowledge God for the peace that he had seen Ghanaian through, as against upheavals in most African countries in such moments. Also the meeting formed part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the IGO, which falls in October.
Hon. Helen Ntoso, MP for Krachi West and former Volta Regional Minister, who stood in for the President of PCF Hon. Emmanuel Bedzra, MP for Ho West pointed out that the time had come for Christian MPs in Parliament to rise up and call a spade a spade, and eschew political estigencies.
She called for independent Christian MPs for Christ in Parliament so that they could discuss national issues passionately devoid of NPP, NDC stringent stance on national issues. On his part, Hon John Nti Fordjour, MP for Assin South, who deputized for the speaker, Rt. Hon Aaron Michael Ocquaye commended Hon. S.K. Boafo and Hon. Gbediame for their stance in the PCF that led them to be honoured by the International Gospel Outreach (IGO) for recognizing their efforts and honouring them.
He said this should serve as a shining example for other MPs.
Hon. Fordjour urged Christians to move away from spiting politics to embrace it, to enable Ghanaian Parliamentarians reach the generation for Daniel’s, Joshua’s, etc. This way, they can hold the banner of Christ very high in politics.
Sourcey: S. O Ankamah