3-day fasting declared by Christian leaders
A section of church leaders meeting at the Jubilee House
Leaders of churches across the country have declared a three-day national prayer and fasting period to seek God’s intervention over the outbreak of COVID-19 in Ghana.
Per the agreement, the programme is expected to start from Friday, April 24 to Sunday, April 26, 2020.
At a meeting with President Nana Akufo-Addo at the Jubilee House, the Chairman of the Christian Council of Ghana, Reverend Paul Boafo said the church will do all it can to support the government to win the fight against the global pandemic.
“All of us have come together to organize a 3-day national prayer and fasting programme starting Friday through to Sunday this very week which is part of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how Ghana is also helping to fight it,” he said.
Last month, President Akufo-Addo declared a National Day of Prayer and fasting over the COVID-19 pandemic which was duly observed on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, after he met with church heads.
The prayer and fasting programme was to seek God’s intervention as the country and the world battled the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic which has infected hundreds of thousands of people and claimed many lives across the globe.
At the time, Ghana had confirmed 53 cases with 2 deaths.
“Whilst we continue to adhere to these measures and ramp up our efforts to defeat this virus, I urge all of us also to seek the face of the Almighty. So on Wednesday, 25th March 2020, I appeal to all Ghanaians – Christians and Muslims to observe a national day of fasting and prayer. Let us pray to God to protect our nation and save us from this pandemic,” President Akufo-Addo said in the address to declare the day.
The prayer and fasting programme, spearheaded by the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs also saw Muslims involved after the national chief imam, Shiekh Osmanu Nuhu Sharubutu called on Muslims to get involved in the prayer and fasting exercise.
Currently, the country, as of April 21, 2020, has confirmed 1154 cases of COVID-19 with 120 recoveries and 9 deaths.