Abundance of Light Church holds grand thanksgiving service and prayers
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Republic of Sierra Leone, the Abundance of Light church held a grand thanksgiving service and offered prayers for the country and those who played a vital role for Sierra Leone to gain independence on the 27th April 1961.
Bishop Christian .A. Cole, president of the Multi Religion Council for Peace and Justice, maintained that the thanksgiving service is timely for the golden jubilee in order to be grateful to God Almighty as at least as Sierra Leoneans we have something to thank God for, and to celebrate.
He further stated that the Golden Jubilee is a celebration, and a time for stocktaking, by way of taking into retrospect some of the mistakes from the past fifty years and how to make amends, in order to afford our beloved country greater opportunities.
The Bishop also called on Sierra Leoneans to unite and love one another as it is only peace, love, and unity that will bring sustainable development in the country.
In her sermon, Pastor Gladys Browne read the scripture Romance 4:17-25, as God revealed his promises to Abraham as the father of many nations though he was 75 years old, and Abraham believed and had faith in God and his situation turned around.
She also urged Sierra Leoneans to have faith and believe in God so that our situation in the country will turn around for our good, and if we as Sierra Leoneans could make it through the night, hardship, through the war, and the past fifty years, then there is going to be a brighter day as God is about taking us from the misery of past to the paradise we ought to be.
Pastor Gladys Browne further said that all of these virtues cannot be accomplished if our bad attitude remains the same and she ended her sermon by saying that God does not discriminate when he wants to bless his people, whether small, big, rich, or poor.
The thanksgiving climaxed with a short skit by the Redeemers Drama Group, reflecting the signing of the independence agreement in London, of which Dr. Siaka Stevens refused to sign, saying that it was not time for Sierra Leone to gain independence.
By Samuel Cole
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