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Rest Mission assists the needy

By James Harry Obeng

 

Thirty [30] brilliant but needy students have received a total GH 5600 sponsorship assistance from the Covenant Rest Mission, headquartered at Tesano in Accra, in pursuit of their education and other vocational endeavors.

 

The amount which represents the overall allocation made by the church this year from its sponsorship scheme, the Trade and Educational Assistance, is to enable the beneficiaries, most of whom are currently schooling in various universities and Senior High Schools in the country, cater for their school fees and other vocational needs.

 

In all, about 3,000 people, comprising members and non members of the church have benefited from the scheme since its inception in 1997.

 

However, this year’s batch of beneficiaries received their assistance in cash on Sunday in a special convocation service of the church with a team of ministers from the Exceeding Abundant International World Ministries [EAIWM] in Kansas, USA, including Bishop LeRoy McConics, the Presiding Bishop, and his wife, Pastor Dr Essie McConics, and Pastor Sharon Cook.

 

The event also saw the ordination of twenty two [22] congregants into various offices of ministry work in the church. They included the founder, Rev Victoria Agyarkwa Riverson, who was ordained as an apostle, and Messrs Richard Ofosu Amankwah, Alex Andor, Dennis Anson and Flanklin Akpakli, as pastors to take charge of the Taifa, Agona Swedru, Weija and Tesano branches of church, respectively. Others were ordained as ministers, elders, deacons and deaconess, and stewards.

 

In an admonition before performing the ordination, Bishop LeRoy McConics, noted education was a sine qua non to guaranteeing the development of every country and individual, saying it was through education that knowledge is secured towards empowerment.

 

“If you don’t go to school, you will never move forward in today’s world”, he noted.

 

He observed the road to climbing high the education ladder was often beset with difficulties, especially financial impediments, but said with the belief in God as the omnipotent one, such difficulties were surmountable.

 

 “With God, all things are possible”, he said, noting that “the best degree you could have is to Jesus Christ”.

 

Bishop McConics urged the church to, aside working on the spiritual growth of its members, place similar emphasis on their material wellbeing by responding to educational needs of needy members.

 

On his part, the Accra Metropolitan Director of Education, Mr James Nii Okaija Dinsey, said smoking, alcoholism and sexual promiscuity were jeopardizing the future of the youth in the country into great danger.

 

Mr Dinsey, whose speech was read on his behalf by Madam Theresa Abudu, a director of education, observed that despite the numerous positive importance of technological advancements in transforming the face of the world, it was also contributing adversely to the perversion of the youth in the country, saying “on line obscenity has become the germ of sin that is rampaging the youth and putting their future in dire danger”.

 

He however urged the youth to “seek divine guidance and assistance from our Lord Jesus” whenever confronted with problems that borders on spirituality in order to live decent lives.

 

He also prevailed on parents to take advantage of existing government interventions like the fee free basic education and school feeding programme to enroll their wards in school, advising that “parents should also strive to provide their children with basic needs in life that will make them not compromise on unacceptable lifestyles”.

 

 

 

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September 26, 2008 - Posted by | News

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