14 December 2014. Right Reverend Colonel Paul Asante Brewu (rtd) has charged Christians in the country to cease giving excuses for their failings, in spite of obvious challenges, and instead have faith and confidence in God, in all aspects of their lives.
He said the penchant for giving excuses has led Christians to conform to the standards of the world a phenomenon which has turned many of them into glorified spectators in the house of God.
Rev Brewu made these remarks during a church service to climax the 40th anniversary celebration of the 37 Military Hospital Methodist/Presbyterian Church at the church premises in Accra, on Sunday 14 December, 2014.
The six-month long anniversary celebration of the church,which was marked with a series of activities ; a health walk,seminar,sporting activities,picnic and a youth revival,gave way for a thanksgiving service,with Right Reverend Colonel Paul Asante Brewu (rtd),as guest preacher.
He lamented the huge number of people parading themselves as Christians in government and high offices in the country, who loot state and company coffers for selfish reasons.
Reverend Brewu said until Christians stop giving excuses, they will continue living in the flesh and remain losers.
The key to being victorious in this life, he noted, depends on the unfailing faith, and trust, as well as the gift of the spirit present in the hearts of Christians.
“If you repent, confess and change your life and attitudes, and have faith in Christ, you will be rewarded. The Holy Spirit will come and dwell in your life.”
On his part, special guest of honour, Major-General Obed Boamah Akwa commended the church for having come this far, growing from strength to strength and faith to faith.
He said, it was the duty of the church to acknowledge those who laid the foundation for the church forty years ago, and called for the current generation to contribute to the growth of the church in order for the next generation to honour them too.
The event saw some members awarded for their long service and dedication to the church over the years.
In all, eleven awards were presented, out of which three were posthumous citations. George Ackwaa, Christian Yeboah and Emma Odame, who passed on in 2006, 2012 and 2013 respectively, were honoured.
There was a special fund-raising activity to facilitate work on an on-going church building complex, which is about 80 % complete.
Chaplain of the church, Reverend Dr Major Bliss Agbeko, excited to have seen the successful end of the celebration, expressed his appreciation to members, guests and elders of the church for their invaluable coopertaion and support throughout the celebration, which was under the theme, “Sustaining Our Victory through Faith in Christ.”
The 37 Military Hospital Methodist/Presbyterian Church, formerly called 37 Interdenominational Church started as a small fellowship, in the Other Ranks’ canteen through the instrumentality of pioneers Colonel Wilson, Majors Okai Mensah, Akwasi Forson, PNK Adzo, WOI Turkson and others, in 1973.
The church conducted its first service at the Army Nursing Service Mess in the hospital for staff, their families and clients from the ward.
Present at the event were Director General, medical services, Brigadier-General Mahama Alhassan, Commanding Officer, Colonel Samuel Agyei, Director of Nursing, Colonel Vida Otoo, Matron, Colonel Mercy Yelbert all of the 37 military hospital,former directors and their spouses.