Venture into agriculture – Dr Wengam urges preachers
The General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God (AG) – Ghana, Rev Dr Stephen Yenusom Wengam, has encouraged preachers to venture into agriculture to complement their pastoral duties.
Dr Wengam noted that poultry farming, livestock and snail rearing, mushroom business, fruit and vegetables production, foodstuffs, cocoa, cashew, shea butter farming have numerous economic benefits, which was good for everyone.
He congratulated a pastor of the church in Ahafo Kenyasi, Rev Samuel Sida, who emerged as the 2021 second National runner-up best farmer, at the National Farmers Day celebration held in Cape Coast last year.
The General Superintendent was speaking on Monday, at the dedication and opening service of a multipurpose cathedral for the Cedar Fountain A-G at Goaso, the Ahafo Regional capital.
The modern cathedral, which was solely funded by Dr Wengam and his spouse, has a chapel, conference hall, offices, sanitation infrastructure, storerooms and other unique facilities.
Dr Wengam disclosed that the A-G Ghana would launch a welfare policy to support its pastors, especially those in the rural areas who were into agriculture, with fertilisers, inputs, seedlings, and extension services.
“Pastors will use products of the farming activities to feed their families, church members, and the needy in society. Other cash crops can be exported to add up to the foreign exchange earnings of the country, ” he added.
The General Superintendent said the Apostle Paul in the Bible was a lawyer and a tent-maker aside his pastoral work adding that preachers in our generation also must follow-suit.
Dr Wengam noted that the church have started a legacy temple building project where every member of the A-G Ghana, should build a church facility in his hometown, to the glory of God.
He said “building a temple for the lord is a spiritual exercise full of unending blessing to the individual and his family for generations. There is more blessings to give than to receive”
The General Superintendent urged the Resident Pastor of the Cedar Fountain cathedral, Jehoshaphat Asare-Bediako, to ensure a routine maintenance of the facility saying that let us all arise and build Gods kingdom.
Dr Wengam commended the efforts of Most Rev Peter Atuahene, the Catholic Bishop of Goaso, and other church leaders in the Ahafo region, for impacting Christ-like life in the area.
FROM EMMANUEL ADU GYAMFI, GOASO