The Executive President of the Ghana Baptist Convention (GBC), Reverend Enoch Nii Narh Thompson, has unveiled plans by the Church to embark on a nationwide tree planting exercise as part of its 60th Anniversary celebration this year.
“The Church has over 1,380 branches in Ghana currently, each of them will plant trees in their local areas throughout the year”.
According to him, Ghanaians, especially Christians had a crucial role to play in restoring and protecting the environment, waterbodies and other God’s creations that are being destroyed through human activities.
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“God is working ultimately to take away the catastrophe that has happened to nature. Our galamsey situation is something that the government is trying to address but we believe that if all of us, especially Christians who are in majority should have the consciousness of God’s concern for the environment and every one of us must stop degrading our environment and keep it clean,” he said.
Speaking at a ceremony to unveil the official logo for the 60th Anniversary of the GBC at the Tema First Baptist Church auditorium, Rev. Thompson, said God purpose is to restore the lost creations [human beings] back to himself through the sacrifice of the saviour, Christ Jesus.
The 60th Anniversary celebration which is on the theme: “Fulfilling God’s Purpose, Growing God’s Church – 60 Years On” is expected to end on November 26, 2023.
He said the Church was brought to Ghana in the 1900s by the Nigerian Baptist Convention and later gave independence to the Ghana Baptist Conference in 1963 before it was changed into the current Ghana Baptist Convention.
The Executive President said: “We believe that God’s intention is not primarily to meet the material needs of people, but to ensure that human beings who are separated from God because we fell into sin through Adam will be brought back through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.; This is what the Church is already doing in the last 60 years and hoping to do more this year to restore more people to God through the preaching of the authentic word of God and discipline people”.
“We are celebrating 60 years of educational facilities, and the provision of health, initially through our flagship Baptist Medical Centre at Nalerigu, and the additional health facilities that we have continued to build across the country.
Rev. Nii Narh Thompson, further touted that the church was celebrating the many bore holes provided for needy communities, active work to reduce the negative impact of the Trokosi culture- freeing vestal virgins from shrines and giving them education and a lease of life they never would have had.