Dear Brothers-in- Christ,
Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is
God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1Thess 5:16-18
Today, 17th May 2020 is a day set aside by the Methodist Church Ghana as Men’s Day to recognize and celebrate all men in the Church in a special way. The present unprecedented global pandemic, that is Covid-19 has changed our conventional ways of doing things. We could therefore not celebrate the
2020 Men’s week and day in our various societies in grand style just like other
Church programmes. However, in all circumstances, Paul entreats us to rejoice, pray and give thanks to our God Almighty.
While we continue to observe the various protocols: washing of hands, using of sanitizers, wearing of face masks, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and above all, staying at home in an attempt to help curb the virus; duty call on us as Christian to also turn to God in prayer for His divine breakthrough. We should have faith in Him, for without Him nothing is possible. We will definitely survive this test or outbreak in the name of our triune God and we know that things are going to be better than before. I believe that there are a number of lessons we have all learnt or continue to learn during these challenging times:
- 1. There has been an improvement in our family relations, as most of us now spend quality time with our famili Prior to this, we were always
in a rush to see to our businesses and other engagements and spent
little time with our families.
- 2. Although Church Buildings are closed, our relationship with God has improved remarkabl Our personal prayer life and Bible studies with our families have all been strengthened.
- 3. It has shown us different ways of doing thing It has brought out innovations by means of technology and for now, we are able to
communicate better using our phones, personal computers via internet
such that meetings, Church services and Conferences could be held on line without any physical interactions
- 4. The most important aspect of this experience is what the Bible points to us in Luke 21:11 regarding the second coming of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. It talks about signs that the world would encounter during the end times which include “great earthquakes, famine and pestilence in various places” Let us be mindful of all these
and prepare for the glorious return of our Lord and Savoiur Jesus
Now, fellow men in the Methodist tradition, let us rise up as heads of our families and keep on praying for the Almighty God’s divine intervention. We need this divine breakthrough so that the Church can be operational and continue with its programmes such as synods, revivals and conferences in accordance with its theme: Discipleship: Teaching everyone to live like Jesus Christ (Col 1:28-29). Although this current pandemic, has crumpled our businesses and finances, let us not give up and back our faith with good deeds, and our Lord will not disappoint us.
Brethren, the Methodist Church Ghana has given us the opportunity to celebrate Men’s Day in May every year to raise funds in support of the Methodist Retreat Centre project at Kwadaso in Kumasi. We are missing this celebration this year because of the pandemic. However, the chance is not totally lost as we are working on modalities to explore other avenues to raise funds for the continuation of this all-important project.
The leadership of the Association of Methodist Men’s Fellowships is using this singular opportunity to seek for the support of all people called Methodists (clergy and lay) towards the early completion of the last phase of the Methodist Retreat Centre Projects including the 100 bed hostel facility (65% complete), final landscaping works and car parking lots. Our two main objectives include:
- To complete the Methodist Retreat Centre project in Kumasi and position it as the Northern Sector Retreat Centre for the Methodist Church Ghana.
- To enable the Men’s Fellowship free itself of any project and rally full support for the take-off of the Church’s Southern Sector Retreat Centre in the Tema Diocese.
Finally, brethren, let our faith in God overpower all our fears and anxieties, knowing that God is in control of the battle before us.
I will serve! the Church
For Christ! We live
Thank you and May God richly bless you.
GEORGE OPARE BAIDU Connexional Chairman
(For and on behalf of all Men)