31 May 2012

Sierra Leone: 'The Gospel Is Relevant to the Growth of the Country' - President Ernest Bai Koroma

press release

President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma has said that the "Renewal, Unity, and Reception of experience from God" is very relevant to not just the physical development of the Sierra Leone, but also the spiritual development and transformation of the nation. The President made this statement at the occasion of the official opening of the 6th Gospel Ministers' Strategic Growth and Renewal Conference at Faith Healing Church, Grafton.

The Fountain of Honour and indomitable Father of the Nation quoted two passages from the Scriptures representing hope, revival and renewal as was the case with Israel. . "These two passages (Ezekiel 33: 1-20 and Ezekiel 37: 1-14) are passages of hope, revival and renewal. In the second passage we are given a message of hope in a field strewn with bones.

Here the nation of Israel is totally dead but the Lord God causes His prophet to breathe the breath of life, and bone that were dead rise to life with flesh and blood on them", he said.

President Koroma was very positive about the contribution of the church to the development and transformation of the country as well as the spiritual upliftment of the youths to help turn around the country for the better.

He maintained that, "I see this meeting as a gathering of prophets who have a dual role: (1) To warn the people of the pending judgment of God if they fail to heed His word, and yet assure them of hope if they heed Him as the Lord of their lives; (2) I see you as the prophets of God that must breathe life into dead situations of the nation.

I know it is not by accident that you are meeting in Sierra Leone. God has used the 6th Gospel Ministries Church to bring you together from many nations. We know that if you breathe hope and life upon this nation, it will be so because you are ordained of God and you hear from Him all the time...In Ezekiel 37, a new nation is promised. We look forward to the new Sierra Leone that God is giving through His message by His many servants."

Although the recently concluded National Conference on Development and Transformation was more about the physical development of the country, the President, however, urged that physical development and transformation must go hand-in-glove with spiritual development and transformation, while adding that "That man must not live by bread alone. This nation cannot live by bread alone", amidst rapturous murmurings of praises to Almighty God.

According to President Koroma, leaders of various facets of society (including the Church) sometimes behave as if they live by bread alone. "These are the dry bones that must be ministered unto. The violent in heart and deed must be ministered unto by the children of the Prince of Peace, that our nation may be peaceful even as we head unto elections this November. The weak in faith are the dried bones that must be ministered unto, this entire nation must be ministered unto that we may all be heirs of the promise of resurrection, peace and salvation", he maintained.

President Koroma didn't lose sight of the fact that, in spite of the tireless and seemingly unstoppable efforts of his government to effect a turn-around in the lives of the people of Sierra Leone in terms of unleashing unprecedented development all across the country, God's intervention must be always inevitably implored.

"But even as we revive the spiritual life of the nation", he emphasized, "we must not forget to pluck ears of corn, even on the Sabbath; we must not forget to heal the sick, and feed the multitude, we must not forget to give a helping hand to the destitute", while beseeching for special prayers for the country.

The indefatigable leader of all tribes and religions in Sierra Leone noted that government has rolled out an agricultural plan for plucking ears of corn and sheaves of rice; the free health care (for our pregnant women, lactating mothers and under fives) and free malaria treatment to heal the sick (including vulnerable groups), improving energy supplies, constructing roads, attracting investments and pouring billions of Leones into education.

"We ask for special prayers for these projects to be blessed with the spirit of success", he urged.

President Ernest Bai Koroma also prayed for unity in the church as well as expressed optimism in hope, revival and salvation provoked by the 6th Gospel Ministers' Conference.

"To this end I declare this conference open--in the name of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen", he concluded.

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