The youth in Ghana has been urged to dig deeper and work harder to turn the current challenges of the country into an opportunity to be change makers.
According to the Chairperson of the Volta Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Rev. Daniel Opong Wereko, the greatest successes in history has emerged after the gravest challenges.
He therefore encouraged all; especially the youth to remain focused, determined and have great faith in God as they positioned themselves for historic successes.
Rev. Wereko gave the encouragement at the opening ceremony of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Young People?s Guild (YPG) in the Volta Presbytery of the PCG. The YPG is the youth wing of the PCG who fall between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, while the Volta Presbytery refers to the Church in the Volta region and the Asuogyaman district in the Eastern region.
The celebration which coincided with the group?s biannual youth rally christened; Christ Youth Festival (Christofest) was under the theme, ?Be Filled with the Holy Spirit; Building on the Foundation laid.?
The inspiring preacher noted that the defect in the country?s economy and the church of today is an evidence of the defects in the foundation laid in the past. The onus lies on today?s youth to correct the defects and build a stronger and more resilient foundation for the coming generation.
This can be possible when they accept their role as an integral part of the foundation for the country?s future. To this end, adequate preparation through humility, creativity, studiousness, hard work and active participation in Nation and Christian life building to ensure a resilient foundation able to withstand all future challenges and shocks.
Rev. Wereko also cautioned the youth against materialism, but focus on their God given gifts, skills talents and opportunities necessary for fulfilling their unique purposes in life.
History, Partnerships, Projects
The Superintendent of the YPG in the Volta Presbytery, Michael Obeng Ansah commended the founding fathers who initiated the idea in July 1994 when the YPG?s first presbytery conference was held with four districts; Anum, Boso, Akwamufie and Akosombo. It now has eight districts; Anum, Akwamufie, Akosombo, Boso, Nkonya, Bodada, Ho, Okagyakrom, and two sub-district; Dambae and Nkwanta
He announced that despite the challenges, the Guild has established partnerships with Korea and Germany as part of an ongoing International Youth Exchange Program. It has also partnered the Christian Institute of Business Executives to give scholarships to the youth in the Church through a a recently established Youth Endowment Fund. Plans are far advanced to also establish a leadership training center.
Mr. Eli Tsikata a Deputy Coordinating Director who represented the Volta Regional Minister, Helen Adwoa Ntoso urged the youth to be good examples to their younger siblings and exhibit service, peace and love.
He assured the Presbytery of the support of the Volta Regional Coordinating Council (VRCC) in enhancing their endowment Fund. He also welcomed proposals, CV?s and other documents to facilitate investment projects in the region.
At the end of the Christofest, honours went to the founders of the YPG and Christofest in the Volta Presbytery as well as best performing districts in Choral, Quiz, Soccer and Volley Ball competitions were.
Source : Kwadwo Duodu