The Mid-Central Ghana Conference (MICG) of the Northern Ghana Union Mission (NOGH) has confirmed the attack on the church’s branch at Adoato-Adumanu, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
A statement from the church stated “it is with much sympathy that the Mid-Central Ghana Conference (MICG) of the Northern Ghana Union Mission (NOGH) of SDA, wishes to sooth the sorrows and heal the wounds of all victims of robbery attack that has transpired at the Adoato-Adumanu SDA Church in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The statement further noted the menace is codemned in a measure that it is only when there is sanitised security that the Church as one of the agencies of socialisation, could operate to change lives in society.
Narrating the incident, Pastor Alexander Marfoh, the communication/Religious Liberty/Public Affairs Director, MICG said the church held an all-night service from Saturday December 23 to Sunday, December 24, 2017 and the service was co-ordinated by three Pastors for a congregation of over 100.
He stated that at “around 3.00am on Sunday, two unidentified young men invaded the church house and subjected those therein to robbery attack and managed to rob them at gun point and made away with the victims’ personal possessions, mostly, cash, mobile phones, tablets and laptops”.
They also left some victims with bruises during the attack. A formal complaint has been lodged at the Suntreso/Sofoline Police Station for investigations.
MICG has learnt that similar attack was meted out on Ahinsan SDA Church in the South Ghana Ghana Conference (SCGC) of SDA on Friday, December 15, 2017 and robbery attacks on churches are fast gaining notoriety.
The MICG expresses its deepest sympathises with the Adoato-Adumanu church for this ugly and distasteful deveopment, consoling victims to build their hope and solace in the Lord. The Scripture says in all things – good or bad, sweet or bitter, positive or negative – we need to give thanks to the Lord.
The MICG believes in the biblical accolade that “Vengeance is mine, says the Lord” and prays that the Lord replinishes all victims with the personal belongings lost to the attack in double or triple portions.
Pastor Marfoh however stated, the MICG has asked the Police to launch thorough investigations into the attacks so the culprits would be made to face the full rigours of the law.
It is also worthwhile to use this opportunity to advise all other churches, not only SDA churches but other Christian denominations that will be organising popular 31st night services to be wary of robbery attacks.