The Somanya Diocesan Youth Organiser (DYO) of the Methodist Church Ghana, Rev. Francis Darko Asare, has advised girls in the Methodist Girls Fellowship (MGF) not to sacrifice their formal education for financial gains.
He said education was key in this modern world and anybody who did not have formal education would lag behind in every aspect of life.
“You will become a better person to your family, your church, your community, your country and the world at large if you heed this singular advice. Make every effort to continue your education until you complete your tertiary education,” he emphasised.
“Take full advantage of it when the time comes. Do not settle at the basic level. Go to the secondary level and continue to the tertiary if it is possible,” Rev. Asare added.
Rev. Asare gave the advice at the eighth Biennial Diocesan Girls Conference attended by 77 girls from the Methodist Church on the theme: “Discipleship, teaching everyone to live like Christ” held last Saturday at the Wesley Cathedral at Somanya in the Yilo Krobo Municipality.
Seventy-seven participants between the ages of five and 35 years from Somanya, Agormanya, Akuse, Asustuare, Dodowa and Akosombo circuits of the diocese attended the conference.
New executive members for the fellowship were also elected, with Lydia D.A. Ablade as the president, and Doreen Dotse as secretary.
Rev Asare said the world was full of technological innovations and urged the girls to take advantage of it, adding, “do not let technology become a distraction to you anyway”.
Rev. Asare explained that technology could be used for good things and at the same time for evil purposes, and advised the girls to let technology be a blessing to them rather than a curse as children of God.
The reverend minister stressed the need for the girls in the fellowship to apply the values of the fellowship in all areas of their lives, adding that worldly success was nothing “if you do not have Christ as your Lord and personal saviour”.
The Bishop of the Somanya Diocese, Rt. Rev. Moses Kwasi Jackson, whose address was read by the Synod Secretary, Very Rev. Jane D. Dor, reiterated that no amount of planning could secure the future and the objectives of the fellowship if the girls did not grow to become like Christ.
He stressed the need for the young girls to be humble, have passion for telling others about Christ and encouraged them to be proud of the testimony to the larger society where they stayed that ladies who passed through the MGF became better women both at home and at work places.
The Guest Speaker for the programme, Mr Abraham Asare Sackitey, advised the girls to be selective in what they watched and read on television and on social media because it would influence their lives in one way or the other.
The Connectional Immediate Past President of the fellowship, Mrs Gifty Aba Pratt, told the Daily Graphic exclusively that the Youth Ministry’s Directorate (YMD) of the Methodist Church Ghana sought to bring up the girls in the fellowship in a Christian way to enable them to be responsible in order to fit into the church and the larger.
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