Methodist Church to raise funds to address challenges in education

Most Reverend Titus Kofi Awotwi Pratt

Most Reverend Titus Kofi Awotwi Pratt

Methodist Church Ghana plans to raise two million, nine hundred thousand Ghana cedis by the end of 2018 from her Development Fund levy of fifty pesewas per member of the church every month to address developmental challenges confronting the church and the nation.

Areas to be covered include education, health and governance.

The Presiding Bishop of the church, Most Reverend Titus Kofi Awotwi Pratt, disclosed this in a speech read on his behalf by the Lay President of the church, Bernard Clement Kwasi Botwe, at the launch of the Methodist Development Fund (MDF) awareness day and special fundraising for 2017 at the Ebenezer Methodist Cathedral at Winneba in the Central Region.

The event was under the theme, ‘The MDF and effective stewardship in sustaining our missionary gains.”

The Most Reverend Titus Awotwi Pratt called on the congregation not to see the work of Christians as just spreading the Gospel of Christ but also deeds that could help better the lives of all Ghanaians in the areas of education, health, and governance.

In the light of this, he commended the congregation for living up to their expectation by contributing fifty pesewas monthly in support of the Methodist family as well as addressing challenges facing the destitute in the nation.

He was hopeful that if all in the church lived up to their monthly contribution of fifty pesewas, the MDF would be able to accomplish its target of two million, nine hundred thousand Ghana cedis by the end of 2018.

The Presiding Bishop, Most Rev Awotwi, noted that though contributions to the Fund in 2016 rose by 14 point 53 per cent, as compared to 8.10 per cent in 2015.

He identified the use of the MDF in supporting activities of dioceses across the country for places of worship and manses in rural and sub–urban communities, educational institutions like the Ghana Methodist Students Union [GHAMSU], care for the deprived children, welfare of the clergy and the like as some benefits realised from the MDF.

The Director of the Methodist Development Fund, Very Reverend Ishmael N. Ghansah, noted that contributions made by members exceeded that of the previous year by fourteen per cent, thereby maintaining the trend of steady increases in the gross annual contribution of members.

He disclosed that part of the funds realised from the contribution was also used to support infrastructural needs of schools and some destitutes like orphanages and street children.

To enable the fund to continue supporting all in the church and the vulnerable, he pleaded with all to support the fund with the fifty pesewas monthly contribution.

 

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