“Pillars of Christianity in Ghana” book launched

By
J. K. Nabary, GNA

Winneba (C/R), Dec.
5, GNA – Apostle Dr Edward Kojo Goldman, Senior Pastor of Chapel of Glory
Worldwide Ministry, has called for the establishment of educational funds at
all levels to support needy but brilliant students.

Apostle Dr Goldman
made the call at the launch of a 79-page book titled: “Pillars of Christianity
in Ghana: Forerunners of the Modern Church”, at Winneba.

The book captures
the remarkable contributions of a wife of a missionary and five outstanding men
of God from 1800s to the mid-1900s which had a profound effect on the spread of
Christianity in Gold Coast (now Ghana) and development of modern education.

It is also called on
the youth to emulate the examples of pioneers of Christianity in the country to
win more souls for Christ and also to contribute their quota towards the
development of the country. 

Apostle Dr Goldman,
the author of the book, said Ghana, currently with a Christian population of
about 70 percent of the population, stands as an enviable Christian mission
nation sending out young missionaries to other nations of the world.

The book, he said,
was to stimulate missionary enthusiasm and appreciate the toil and sweat of the
pioneers who extended the embers of the Christian enlightenment from Axim on
the coast to Zurungu near the northern Sahel borders.

He said Reverend
Thomas B. Freeman, one of the missionaries captured in the book, started the
first school at Winneba in 1843 and yet there was very little exchange of ideas
between the ordinary people who lived on the beach in Winneba and its
specialized or tertiary educational institutions.

The launch of the
book in Winneba was therefore to celebrate the town as an intellectual hub and
also the citizens of Effutu for preserving modern educational institutions on
their land even though many of her own sons and daughters have not directly
profited from them, he said.

He said it is time
to demand a greater stake not through radical appropriations but the
establishment of common centers of academic facilities, hence the need for the
establishment of an educational fund to support the vulnerable youth in the
society.

Apostle Dr Goldman
said in early June 1939 a spiritual reaction at a meeting held at Winneba
between two Pentecostal fathers, Apostle Peter Newman Anim and Reverend James
Mckeown of blessed memory, also captured in the book, eventually led to the
creation of three colossal Pentecostal bodies (The Church of Pentecost, Christ
Apostolic Church and Apostolic Church of Ghana) of which Winneba takes lots of
credit for that singular event which culminated in the spread of Evangelical
Pentecostalism.

“’The pillars of
Christianity: Forerunners of the Modern Church’, has been my humble way of
urging Christians to look past the present wind of materialism and focus on the
heavenly call as the outstanding men and woman captured in the book laid down
their lives towards the spread of Christianity in the country”.

“Like Apostle Paul
wrote to the Colossian Christians in the third chapter of the book of
Colossians, We must set our affections on things above and not on what is just
worldly and mundane”, he added.

Mr Kobina A.
Essuman, a retired architect and currently proprietor of Alswel Academy who
chaired the event, applauded the author and emphasized the need for Ghanaians
especially Christians to go for copies of the book.

“This will enable us
to be well informed about the history of Christianity in the country to help us
to contribute positively to make Ghana a place of choice to live in” he said.

GNA

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