Basic course for Chaplains, Imam ends in Accra

The first ever Regional International Association of Evangelical Chaplains (IAEC) Basic Course for Chaplains and Imams has ended at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Teshie on June 27.

It was organised by the Directorate of Religious Affairs (DRA) together with the Ghana Military Christian Fellowship and the IAEC of the United States of America.

The course aimed to equip participants with knowledge to perform their religious duties.

Among other things, the short course would enable the participants to deal with the psycho-social and spiritual challenges confronting GAF and sister security services.

The participants, drawn from Ghana, the Gambia and Nigeria were taken through Commander-Chaplain relationship, pluralism and operational stress.

They were issued with certificates of participation.

Rear Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour, the Commandant of GAFCSC noted that the mutual relationship between Ghana and USA had benefitted their people.

The president of the Ghana Military Christian Fellowship (GMCF), Brigadier General Mike Akpastu, said the overarching objective of the Fellowship was to evangelise the good news of Christ and development of Christian leaders in GAF and beyond.

Brigadier-General Akpastu expressed profound gratitude to Chief of Defence Staff, Lt General Obed Boamah Akwa, for his efforts towards the first ever course for Chaplains and Imams, and supporting the course of reviving evangelism in the GAF.

A retired member of the US Marine Corps and team leader of IAEC, USA, Colonel Chester Arnold described the army as a noble profession, and said the core mandate of officers was to protect their countries against external aggression and ensure the society lives in peace.


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