Ashaiman Crusade Hosts Investors

The much awaited Tema-Ashaiman gospel crusade by Christ For All Nations (CfAN) slated for the first week of December will bring about not only spiritual but also economic and physical benefits, says Rev John Kwesi Darku, CfAN’s Executive Director for Africa.

He cited the inclusion of investors from Germany, Austria, Australia and the United States in the CfAN delegation expected for the crusade.

The investors, who usually accompany the (CfAN) evangelists on their worldwide tours, use the visits, especially to Africa, to explore business opportunities.

At a meeting on Monday with heads of churches in Ashaiman, Rev Darku said he was confident that as they had done in other parts of Africa where CfAN crusades had been held, the investors’ business exploration would yield dividends that would lead to the establishment of new businesses in Ashaiman and Tema.

‘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, adding that already CfAN had entered into an agreement with the Ashaiman Municipal Assembly to develop the crusade grounds into a lorry park and hand it over to the assembly. Also to be reconstructed is the Lashibi-Ashaiman tunnel under the Accra-Tema Motorway.

The Africa Executive Director listed as an invisible economic benefit, the crusade’s contribution to religious tourism in Ghana, explaining that normal CfAN crusade delegations are made up of evangelists, investors and scores of video cameramen, sound and lighting technicians. Not only do they patronise hotels and restaurants, they also make time to visit craft and other souvenir shops as well as visit local tourist attractions.

The crusade has a morning session dubbed ‘Fire Conference’ and evening mass gospel proclamation by Rev Daniel Kolenda, an American international evangelist who has taken over the presidency of CfAN from the founder, Reinhard Bonnke, now on retirement.

Rev Darku pointed out, ‘We don’t do these in expectation of financial profit. As everybody knows, 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.’

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