The Planning Committee of this year’s Bonnke Gospel Crusade in the joint cities of Tema and Ashiaman has cut the sod for site clearing works of the crusade grounds near the Ashiaman overpass ahead of the upcoming Gospel crusade.
The committee, made up of heads of churches and para-church organisations, explained that the ground leveling project and opening up of an under bridge waterlogged passage which has been abandoned, is to accommodate the attendees and allow for easy passage of traffic.
Slated for Thursday, December 3 through to Sunday, December 9, 2015, the crusade is expected to draw a large number of souls to Christ.
The piece of land being redeveloped for the crusade would be handed over to the Ashiaman Municipal Assembly who have earmarked it for a lorry park after the crusade.
It is expected that the development of the open space into a lorry park and the reconstruction of the Lashibi-Ashaiman tunnel under the Accra-Tema Motorway, will ease the congestion in the centre of Ashaiman and provide easy access from Nungua through Lashibi to Ashaiman.
The development of the land is part of the corporate social responsibility of the Christ for all Nations (CFAN), organisers of the crusade in bringing development to the ordinary people in the host city.
This is the third crusade being held in Ghana after similar ones held at the Independence Square in Accra and Suame Roundabout in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
The four-day crusade will feature Rev Daniel Kolenda, the American evangelist who has taken over from Rev Reinhard Bonnke as President of the ministry.
Speaking at a brief ceremony at the grounds, Apostle Kofi Abre who spoke on behalf of the Executive Director, Africa of Christ for all Nations (CFAN), said, the emphasis of the crusade was the conversion of souls, adding that “millions are perishing, addicted to hard liquor, narcotic drugs and prostitution. Our salvation message is targeted at people from all walks of life".
He assured the public that at the crusade , the presence of God will be mighty and tangible leading to liberty. "As has happened in many places that CFAN has mounted crusades, such as Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Rwanda, the crime rate has dropped as a result of the gospel's proclamation."
The CFAN Executive Director said as has always been done in all our crusades everywhere in the world for the past 40 years, the new converts in the four-day Tema-Ashiaman crusade will be handed over to the local participating churches.
See the light
The MP for Ashaiman, Mr. Alfred K. Agbesi expressed his joy at the development being brought to the area through the crusade and expressed the hope that at the end of the event, Ashiaman will see the light.
He said while it is the wish of goverment to fulfill the physical needs of the people, it is also the wish of everybody that the religious leaders care for the spiritual needs of the people, therefore it is not surprising that the churches have teamed up to prepare the grounds for the crusade to take place.
On behalf of the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly, the people of the area, he welcomed the organizers to the area and said it is their hope that lives will be transformed and Ashaiman will be uplifted