By Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
Bolgatanga, Jan. 1, GNA – The New Year will
be filled with God’s abundant grace and Ghanaians will achieve great success,
Reverend Dominic Ziba, the Head Pastor of the Holy Ghost Temple of the
Assemblies of God Church in Bolgatanga, said on New Year’s Eve.
“As we welcome the New Year, believe that
God is on your side and certainly your defense will be from heaven, the grace
will be sufficient and in 2020, you will do better than you did in 2019, you
will achieve better than you did in
2019”, he said.
Speaking on the theme: “On the ticket of
open heavens”, to a jubilant congregation of both the young and old who put on
show their dancing skills to usher in the New Year, Reverend Ziba quoted
Matthew 3:16-17, and prayed to God to “open the heavens and grant us divine interventions.”
“When the heavens are opened, we are
divinely enabled to overcome weaknesses and achieve divine support from the
heavens as we enter the year 2020,” he said.
The Head Pastor urged Ghanaians to act
responsibly and allow God to choose a leader for the country in the build up to
election 2020 saying “the God who chose Ghana and ordained Ghana will select a
President who will lead us to His own glory”.
When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the
Pentecost International Worship Centre as part of its coverage of the 31st
December Church activities to welcome the new year, in the Bolgatanga
Municipality, Reverend Emmanuel Kyei Boate, the Resident Minister, urged
members of his congregation to give thanks to God in all things.
He called on them to put their trust and
hope in Jesus, “Fear not, because God is the one who holds the key to
everything that happens,” he said, and prayed to God to lead them through the
New Year and beyond.
At the Saint Cyprian Anglican Church,
Reverend Father David Akurikiya in an interview with the GNA, thanked God for
the year 2019 and called on Ghanaians to bury their differences and live
together as brothers and sisters, especially as the elections approaches.
“Let’s not use politics to spoil the nation
Ghana; your political opponent is not an enemy, let’s live together and work as
a team to lift the image of Ghana high. I pray that God will give us divine
direction and the grace to live peacefully as a nation,” he said.
At the premises of the churches visited, the
GNA observed the presence of Police personnel; some were stationed along parts
of the Municipality, especially areas without street lights, while some
personnel patrolled the Municipality to ensure the safety of residents.
When the GNA extended its coverage of the
night activities to drinking spots to ascertain the patronage, it observed that
patrons who were mostly the youth, were drinking and dancing to loud music.
Some patrons who spoke to the GNA said “We
are happy to live up to the end of the year, we have to drink and dance to show
the joy in us. Some chose to go to church to show appreciation, we are also
here to drink to the glory of God.”