The Presbyterian Church of Ghana (PCG), Faith Congregation, Madina Estate in Accra, has honoured veteran journalist and the first Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the PCG, Mr Gilbert Banquo Kwame Owusu, affectionately called GBK Owusu.
In his honour, the church last Sunday christened the newly constructed Junior Youth Auditorium “GBK Owusu Auditorium” in recognition of Mr Owusu's selfless and invaluable contribution to the growth of the congregation.
Mr Owusu is former editor of the Christian Messenger in Ghana for 34 years and practised journalism in Kenya, Zambia and Nigeria.
He is credited with putting the Presby Church on the world map as the Director of the Ecumenical and Social Relations and also the Chairman of the Publicity Committee.
Mr Owusu was a founder member of the Private Newspapers Publishers Association of Ghana (PRINPAG) and became its first President from 1992 to 1993.
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A surveyor, Mr Samuel Ofori Offei, also of the church, had the newly Faith Presby Basic School Block named after him for his immense contribution to the church since its formation 25 years ago.
Mr Offei has been a Senior Presbyter for over 30 years and has also served in various capacities of the church, including as the chairman of the Madina District Projects and Investments Committee.
Use talents for God’s work
Speaking at the ceremony on the theme: ''Rejoice in the Lord,'' Evangelist Dr Aboah Offei urged Christians to cultivate the habit of fully giving out their talents in doing the work of God.
He said, giving unconditionally strengthens one's faith in the Lord, adding that giving is also an investment in eternity.
The Minister in charge of the Faith Congregation PCG, Rev. Roy Asiamah, handed the ‘keys of authority’ to Messrs Owusu and Offei.
Speaking on behalf of his colleague, Mr Owusu expressed their appreciation to the church for the recognition, while quoting 1 Corinthians 15:10. He indicated that not in their wildest imagination did they anticipate being honoured.
"Personally, from my childhood, I have learned that the purpose of doing good or serving God is not to seek reward but rather doing what pleases God. My life's goal has, thus, been informed by this simple principle of serving God whenever and wherever I find myself," he said.
Mr Owusu called for the reintroduction of Presbyterian discipline and the teaching of good morals in Presby schools.
A former Moderator of the PCG, Very Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, prayed for Messrs Owusu and Offei, asking God to bless them in all their endeavours.
The ceremony also saw the induction of the Headmistress of the Faith Presby Basic School, Mrs Doris Sarpe Dotey, by Rev. Roy Asiamah.