Thursday, March 27, 2008

Mayenda Church, the 114year old Church

The official history of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Ghana says the church is 120years old. In a remote village in the Central Region of Ghana stands a church building that was built in 1896 according to church members of the SDA church at Mayenda.

A banner hanging in the temple announces to worshippers and visitors that the church at Mayenda was 100years old in 1994; meaning the centenary celebrations of the SDA Church in Mayenda was held in 1994. Today, the church is 114years and its church building 112years old.

Below are some pictures of old church building, a mission house and some historical relics of the church. It will interest you to know two of the relics (chairs) are claimed to have been used by missionaries a century ago. Let's go to Mayenda now!

Inside view of the old temple
church building(white and blue) and the mission house

Front view of the church building
Front view of the mission house
The chairs claimed to be over a century old
some church members and officers of the GUC team

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Leaders of Ghana Union Conference Visit Chairman of Council of State, Ghana

The Ghana Union Conference led by the Presidet, Ps Samuel Adama Larmie, paid a courtesy call on the Chairman of the Council of State, Prof Adzei Bekoe at his office in Accra on March 19, 2008.

The Chairman of the Council of State was briefed on the Church's activities in Ghana and some of the challenges faced by its members. He was especially briefed on the plight of Adventists Students in public tertiary institutions who face the problem of writing examinations on the Sabbath. The President appealed to him to help the church leadership reopen negotiations with all the universities on the issue.

Prof Adzei Bekoe was sympathetic towards the plight of the students and promised to help the Church initiate some consultations with the government. He was full of praises for the Church saying "I am fully aware of all the contributions the church has made towards the development of the country and this is commendable".

Ps Larmie who was accompanied by the Executive Secretary,Pastor Ambrose Waahu, and the Treasurer, Elder Isaac O. Amponsem and the Communication Director, Solace Asafo, presented a set of book to Prof Adzei Bekoe.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Chief Justice of Ghana Celebrates Bible Sabbath with Adventists

On February 23, 2008, the Chief Justice of Ghana, Her Ladyship Mrs Georgina Theodora Woods joined Adventists at the Madina Central SDA Church to celebrate the Bible Sabbath. The programme was put together by the Bible Society of Ghana under the theme "The Bible, Leadership and Unity for Nation Building".

The Chief Justice, who said that was her first time of worshipping with Seventh-day Adventists, drew lessons from the life of Nehemiah and said leaders ought to emulate Nehemiah's humility, self sacrifice, dedication, and devotion to God.

"The Bible acknowledges that when we have the right rulers, everybody is at peace. In the book of Proverb 29:2, we read: "Show me a righteous ruler and i will show you a happy people. Show me a wicked ruler and i will show you a miserable people." Conversley, when "evil people are in power, crime increases. But the righteous will live to see the downfall of such people" she said.

Valley View University inaugurates Columbia Hall

The Valley View Universityinaugurated a two-storey building funded by the Columbia Union Conference and its allied institutions On Sunday, February 17, 2008. The duplex has facilities to handle the two health programmes of the university namely the Nursing and Biomedical Technology Equipment Programmes. Facilities include lecture halls, library, laboratory,etc.

According to Seth Laryea, VVU president, US$200,000 of the US$425,000 needed to complete the project came from institutions in the Columbia Union Conference, the Adventist church's administrative unit covering the mid-Atlantic United States. "Since the Columbia Union is the umbrella body for the donor organizations, we thought it appropriate to name the facility after the Union," Laryea said.

In attendance were the Minister for Education, Professor Dominic Fobih, the Deputy Minister for Health, Dr Gladys Norley Ashiettey and the officers of the Columbia Union Conference, among others.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Social Responsibity: Donating to the Cardio Centre

The Ghana Union Conference donated a cheque of GH¢5000 to the Cardiothoracic Centre last December. This is the fourth time in four years the Union has contributed to the cost of heart surgery in the country.

The GUC President,Ps Samuel Adama Larmie, the Executive Secretary, Ps.Ambrose Waahu, Treasurer, Elder Isaac Amponsem and officers of GUC institiutions presented the cheque to Dr Sereboe.

Ghana Union Officers Visit Clerk of Parliament

Elder Emmanuel Anyimadu (middle in the picture)is the first Ghanaian Seventh-day Adventist to be elected the Clerk of Ghana's Parliament. On January 10, 2008, the President and Executive Secretary of of the Ghana Union Conference paid him a courtesy call at Parliament House.