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REPORT FROM 2013 NATIONAL CONFERENCE IN MONTREAL
YEHOWA NNI MOAKYI!
The 13th Annual Ghanaian Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship of North America was hosted by Montreal Ghanaian Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship from August 2–4 2013. The theme was “The Gifts of the Holy Spirit in the Church Today,” based on 1Corinthians 12:7. The Guest Speaker was Rev Philomena Ofori-Nipaah. Rev Ofori-Nipaah touched on the historical background of the Holy Spirit and gave numerous references from both the Old and New Testaments. She indicated that, when the Holy Spirit comes, He helps us to pray. Romans 8:26 says we do not know how to pray as we ought but the Holy Spirit intercedes. The Holy Spirit leads, guides, testifies, listens, and above all He cannot be lied to. Rev. Ofori-Nipaah urged us to be filled with the Holy Spirit by communicating through prayers and exhibiting the gifts of the Spirit which are also known as the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23), and those fruits of the spirit will be eminent through our actions and practices. In our churches, the Spirit gives us boldness to witness, ability to listen to the Spirit, courage to follow and hope to endure. Rev. Ofori-Nipaah concluded her speech stating that we should think about the church community as one body with different parts such as eyes, ears, nose, hands and feet. Without one of the parts, the body cannot function as it should, because no one is better or important than the other in the body of the church. We are all one united in the Spirit.
The outgoing president, Dr. Margaret Safo, talked about the accomplishments of the Women’s Fellowship during her tenure. She saw to the creation of a website, regular teleconference meetings, a prayer line, and a morning fitness exercise conducted by the national secretary (Cynthia Breman). New local groups were registered; Abokobi project and finally, two of our sisters, namely, Amy Frimpong and Cynthia Breman have been appointed to serve the Presbyterian Women’s gathering in the USA and Canada respectively. Her vision is for the group to embrace the education fund, utilize the website, increase our knowledge in technology especially the internet, organize workshops, and establish video-conferences to facilitate our meetings and other events. She also envisions developing by-laws to govern and for the fellowship to expand to include young women in the church. Finally, she wishes for the promotion of a cordial relationship between the GPWFNA and the Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship in Ghana.
This year’s conference was extra-ordinary; the revival was led by Rev Abhlor. We were also fortunate to have Rev Sylvia Ofori-Amoako and Rev. Agyei Kwabi both of whom contributed enormously to the conference. Mrs. Doris Osei Bonsu, a child and youth counselor from Toronto gave a convivial talk about “children and youth mental illness in our community”. She urged us to lookout for causes and symptoms of mental Illness.
Participating Groups – Atlanta, Bronx Emmanuel, Brooklyn, Houston, Ohio, Philadelphia, Maryland, Montreal, Toronto, Virginia and Bronx Trinity.
Invited Guests were – Denver, Delaware, Calgary and Richmond Virginia.
Bible Study – Members were convened into random groups for Bible study led by the pastors’ wives. Topics were chosen from previous themes. For the first time, members were encouraged to participate in fasting and prayers during the conference.
Elections – This year’s elections were supervised by Rev. Frank Adu, and Rev. Agyei Kwabi. New executive members elected are as follows: Emily Boateng (President), Amy Frimpong (Vice President), Cynthia Breman (Secretary), Sarah Quansah (Assistant Secretary), Mary Mensah (Treasurer, USA) Juliana K. Asante (Treasurer, Canada), Agnes Kisseih (Financial Secretary, USA), Nana Y. Yeboah (Financial Secretary, Canada) and Margaret N. Boateng (Public Relations Officer)
Awards – Revs. Frank Adu and Sowah Ablorh were presented with awards of appreciation by Dr. Safo.
Dinner Dance – Our host Sisters from Montreal gave us a sumptuous dinner followed with a dance, for the evening entertainment. Both young and old members took to the floor boogying with gospel music.
Feedback from members indicates an extraordinary conference. Bravo to our dear sisters in Montreal.
In conclusion, we thank God without whom nothing is possible, for a successful conference.
Yehowa Nni Moakyi!
Reported by: Cynthia Breman
Dated: September 24th, 2013
We are looking forward to it