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Adventists in Ghana Focus on Public Service and Visibility
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Submitted: Feb 21, 2012
By The Adventist Today News Team


Last weekend Seventh-day Adventists in Ghana organized environmental clean-up projects in the west African nation’s capital and participated in a training event in another city during which they were urged to “establish and maintain strategic relationships with political and traditional leaders,” according to GNA, a leading news service. This year is both the 125th anniversary of the first Adventist believers in the country and a national election year.
 
The South Ghana Conference mobilized its pastors and members on Sunday “in a massive clean-up exercise on some principal streets of Accra” to abate “the environmental and public health hazards” caused by recent flooding in the port city. Thousands of volunteers “de-silted gutters, cleared weeds, swept and picked up plastic waste for recycling from Kwame Nkrumah Circle through Osu to La Hospital road” in the central area of the city. These activities were organized in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly.
 
At the same time the Mid-Western Ghana Conference brought together 250 pastors and lay leaders for training intended to “help the church partner effectively in national development” as well as build a “positive image in society,” reported Business Ghana. The key presenter was Solace Asafo-Hlordzi. She is communication and public affairs director for the Adventist Church in Ghana.
 
Dr. Alfred Vanderpuije, the mayor of Accra, “commended the church for the exercise and called on other churches to [help] rid the city of filth and choked gutters.” Pastor Anthony Kessie, the conference president in South Ghana, “said as Christians it was their duty to ensure that the environment was always clean.” He was also quoted by GNA stating that “it was about time church activities were not limited to the spiritual growth of their members” but also included projects to help communities have a “healthy environment and to reduce the incidence of diseases like cholera.”
 
The Adventist Church has a membership of 375,000 among the 25 million population of Ghana with 1,168 local churches. At least one church member, the Hon. Kwame Osei-Prempeh, has served as an elected member of parliament since 1997. Recently the first Adventist minister to serve as a chaplain in the Ghana Armed Forces, Capt. Peter Nyanko Duadu, was appointed administrative officer of all military chaplains. In November Prof. Daniel Buor, vice chancellor of Valley View University, the Adventist higher education institution in the country, was presented the prestigious Gold Award of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Science for his research in public health and medical geography.

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