Accra, Oct. 20, GNA - The Ghana Military Christian Fellowship (GMCF) on Saturday observed an International Day of Intercessory Prayers for Ghana and the Security Services to promote development of the country and strengthen the Services in execution of their duties.
The day was also observed to pray for strength for the Security Services especially the Military to discourage some Personnel from seeking non-Christian spiritual interventions and protection in exercising their duties.
The programme which was held in Accra saw participants from the Security Services including the Ghana Police Service, the Ghana Prisons Service, the Ghana Fire Service, the Immigration Service, the Customs Excise and Preventive Service as well as the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship.
Lieutenant General Obed Boamah Akwa, the Chief of Defence Staff in a statement delivered on his behalf as the Guest of Honour re-launched the Fellowship and advised the Military Service personnel to have a sense of discipline and integrity in the discharge of their duties.
He said it was the duty of the Military personnel to defend the sovereignty and security of all citizenry, adding that they were expected to defend the nation even at the peril of their lives, hence the need for them to embrace Christianity totally and accept Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour.
He noted that, a Security personnel who knew God was expected to be morally upright, disciplined and dedicated to his profession, and such personnel are likely to excel in their profession.
Lt Gen Boamah Akwa commended the leaders of the Fellowship for successful organisation of the programme and pledged his support for the progress of the Fellowship.
He said even though the duties of the Service included fighting against flesh; however, as Christians they should always be mindful that they do not wage war against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers of the darkness and spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms, and urged them to put on the full armour of God.
The Chief of Defense Staff noted that some of the challenges the Fellowship had encountered included alcoholism and drug addiction.
“There are also some personnel who consult various types of oracle and fetish priests especially when they are to embark on peace keeping missions,”.
Leutenant General Joshua Hamidu (Retired), Grand Patron of the GMCF said the observation of the Day would alert the members that Christ is the Commander-In-Chief of the Service and beyond and that they needed to adhere to his rules in order to be successful in their Profession.
He urged the leadership of the Fellowship to work relentlessly until it ensured that the Fellowship developed to become widely known and accepted across the globe.
Brigadier General Mike Akpatsu, President of the GMCF said the fellowship was for all personnel to be equal irrespective of ranks in the house of God, adding that all leadership in the Service must be built on the tenets of Christ.
He urged the Service to pray for the country and its leaders who face unbearable responsibilities from creation of jobs to provision of quality education and health.
He advised them to pray for the personnel who resort to seeking spiritual protection elsewhere, adding that as ‘Soldiers of the Cross, we need to stand up for Christ’.
Brig Gen Akpatsu noted that Christians and Muslims pray for the peace of the country, therefore it was the responsibility of the Service to protect the peace the country enjoyed and called for sustained prayers for peace and progress.
He said any country without a strong armed forces was failing, therefore.