From Directorate of Public Relations – GAF
The first ever Regional International Association of Evangelical Chaplains (IAEC) Basic Course for Chaplains and Imams, has been brought to a successful end, at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Teshie, on Thursday, 27 June 2019.
The course was organized by the Directorate of Religious Affairs (DRA) together with the Ghana Military Christian Fellowship (GMCF), in conjunction with the IAEC of the United States of America (USA).
The Guest of Honour for closing ceremony, the Commandant, Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC) – Real Admiral Moses Beick-Baffour, in his speech noted that the aim of the course was to equip participants to perform religious support duties in their respective units, in order to support their commanders to accomplish their missions, in ensuring that the needs of the military personnel, civilian employees and their families, were achieved.
He said Ghana and the USA have had a long-standing relationship which had been beneficial, “I believe it is in the spirit of such magnificent collaboration that this conference has been organized to equip participants with the necessary tools that can help them”, he added.
Rear Admiral Beick-Baffour noted that even though the duration of the course was short, it came with many vital topics, such as ‘A look at Chaplaincy in General’, ‘Commander-Chaplain Relationship’, Pluralism, ‘Operational Stress’, as well as other inspiring topics, which had enriched participants’ capacities in dealing with the psycho-social and spiritual challenges in the Armed Forces and Sister Security Services.
For his part, the President of GMCF – Brigadier General Mike Akpatsu, noted that the vision of the Fellowship was to let every person in the Armed Forces and Sister Security Services worldwide, hear the Good News of Christ.
He mentioned that their mission was to assist in the development of Christian Leaders in the Armed Forces and all uniformed personnel in the world and therefore entreated all uniform personnel and civilians, to come on board, in order to win souls for Christ, adding that the Fellowship is an intercessory Prayer Force for Ghana and all uniformed personnel in Ghana.
Brig Gen Akpatsu expressed his profound gratitude to the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) – Lieutenant General (Lt Gen) Obed Boamah Akwa for his keen support and various forms of assistance, which he has given to the fellowship, which had led to its survival and also for the successful conduct of the first ever Regional International Association of Evangelical Chaplains Basic Course, in Ghana.
A retired member of the United States Marine Corps and the Team Leader of IAEC, USA – Colonel Chester Arnold, in a speech, said that all uniformed Services which was a noble profession, were called to protect and ensure security of their countries so that people in the society could live in peace.
Participants of the course were drawn from the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) and all Sister Security Services in Ghana, as well as Gambia and Nigeria and certificates of participation were awarded to participants, by the organizers.