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Religion Wed, 18 Nov 2015

Ashaiman crusade to win souls, promote businesses

All is set for the Christ For All Nations (CFAN) crusade with the confirmation by some investors of their participation in the event to win souls and look for business partnerships.

Investors from Germany, Austria, Australia and the United States are among the delegation expected for the Tema-Ashaiman gospel crusade slated for the first week of December.

The investors, who usually accompany CFAN evangelists on their world-wide tours, use the visits, especially to Africa, to explore business opportunities.

Disclosing this to heads of churches in Ashaiman in a meeting in Tema last Monday, Rev. John Kwesi Darku, CFAN’s Executive Director for Africa, said he was confident that within Ashaiman and Tema, the investors’ business exploration would yield fruits that would lead to the establishment of new businesses.

Creating job opportunities

“Industries may come to Ashaiman and Tema. Other forms of business may follow, thereby creating jobs for the teeming population of young graduates and other unemployed youth in these areas, both skilled and unskilled,” he said.

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The Tema-Ashaiman gospel crusade has been scheduled for December 3 to 6, 2015 at the grounds below the Tema-Ashaiman Overpass.

It has a morning session dubbed: ‘Fire Conference’ and an evening mass Gospel proclamation by Rev. Daniel Kolenda, an American international evangelist who has taken over the presidency of CFAN from the Founder, Rev. Reinhard Bonnke, now on retirement.

Rev. Darku told the Ashaiman pastors that already, CFAN had entered into an understanding with the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly to develop the crusade grounds into a full-blown lorry park and hand it over to the assembly.

Also to be reconstructed is the Lashibi-Ashaiman tunnel under the Accra-Tema Motorway through Lashibi to Ashaiman. The sod was cut for the beginning of construction work at the site a few weeks ago by Mr Alfred Agbesi, the MP for Ashaiman.

Economic benefits

Rev. Darku listed as an invisible economic benefit the crusade’s contribution to religious tourism in Ghana, explaining that normal CFAN crusade delegations were made up of evangelists, investors and scores of video cameramen, sound and lighting technicians.

“These groups of people not only patronise hotels and restaurants; they also make time to visit craft and other souvenir shops, as well as visit local tourist attractions,” he said.

He was quick to point out that “we don’t do these in expectation of financial profit. As everybody knows by this time, we don’t take offering or silver collection at our crusades and Tema-Ashaiman will be no different. We encourage new converts to send their offering to the churches to which they will be introduced”.

“Nor is CFAN interested in gathering crowds to start a church. We have never been a church and will never be a church. The souls won at our crusades are distributed among collaborating churches.

“In some countries where we have held crusades, some churches have expanded from a few hundreds before the crusade to 17,000 members. This happened in Burundi. In Nigeria, one church baptised no fewer than 3,000 new members who joined after the crusade,” he added.

Source: Daily Graphic