A one-week Chaplains and Imams Course is underway at the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College (GAFCSC), Teshie from Monday 24 to Friday 28 June 2019.
The aim of the course is to equip participants to perform religious support duties in their respective Units in order to support their Commanders in the accomplishment of their missions and also meet the needs of military personnel, Civilian Employees and their families.
The Course, organised by the Directorate of Religious Affairs (DRA) and the Military Christian Fellowship (MCF) Ghana, is in conjunction with the International Association of Evangelical Chaplains (IAEC), United States of America (USA).
The Guest of Honour, Brigadier General Albert Adu, on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS), Lt Gen Obed Boamah Akwa in his remarks, said the USA and Ghana have had a deep longstanding relationship dated back years ago which had been beneficial.
“I believe it is in the spirit of such magnificent collaboration that this conference has been organised to equip participants with the necessary tools that can help them,” he stated.
General Adu noted that the course comes with many vital topics include A look at Chaplaincy in general, Commander-Chaplain relationship, Pluralism, Operational Stress as well as other topics which would entrench participant capacities in dealing with the psycho-social challenges in the Armed Forces.
For his part, the President of the Military Christian Fellowship and the Acting Director of Religious Affairs (DRA), Brigadier Gen Michael Akpatsu said the Association was formed in order to train the Military Christian Fellowship (MCF).
He stressed that the vision of the Course was to propagate the Gospel with their mission assisting in the development of Christian Leaders in the Armed Forces of the world and in the international establishment of the growth of Christian Fellowship. He entreated military personnel and Civilians who had interest in Chaplainship to come on board in order to win souls for Christ.
The one week course is led by Colonel Chester Arnold (Rtd), a former member of the US Marine Corps.