Even nevertheless God has promised to bless us when we give, we however show signals of lukewarmness in providing. This has led to a lot of congregations adopting a variety of techniques of coercing congregants to give. For occasion, in quite a few churches in Ghana, when a congregation prepares to hold a fundraising to assist its programmes, invites are sent to individuals who are wealthy to act as chairpersons and distinctive attendees.
The day comes. The sermon is really quick. There could not be intercessory prayer and Bible Study that working day the function is to get adequate income as focused. Then, there is the initial offertory, then attraction for resources, then ‘Kofi ne Ama'(1) (Kofi and Ama) and ultimately ‘mmea ne mmarima'(2) (males and women).
A fundraising that could have taken a few minutes to organize (observe that the fundraising is just a part of the major services) could get much more than an hour for the reason that that is the working day to showcase different models in dancing that is the time to discover out if the Friday born can raise a larger total than the Monday born that is the interval to find out if the adult men can elevate a larger amount of money than the females in the congregation we ultimately skip the reason of our worship.
Let us assume that Kwame is a member of this sort of a congregation. Kwame has forty-five US pounds ($45.00) to give. All through the very first offertory he presents five Dollars($5.00). He presents highest all through the appeal for funds since that is when the various quantities would be talked about, say $100, $50, $30, $20, in descending buy. When $30 is described, Kwame walks forward to give every person receives to know he has supplied $30 and he is applauded. He then spreads the remaining ten dollars ($10.00) around ‘Kofi ne Ama’ and ‘mmea ne mmarima’. In the stop, it is Kwame who wins, not God.
What is the essence of all these. Can not we just expend a handful of minutes in bringing all we have to the altar? Can not we give with simplicity (Mt. 6:1-4)? Cannot we preserve some time for other similarly important difficulties? This would not be achievable right until the church wakes up from its lukewarm point out of offering until finally the church repents of its lukewarmness and will come to understand the ideas of giving. I thank God that some congregations have determined this trouble and have repented. These congregations are now excelling in the grace of providing.
1.’Kofi ne Ama’ is a technique of giving in some Ghanaian church buildings. The days of the week are known as (Sunday to Saturday) and on whichever day you have been born, you wander forward to give. At the close, the complete sum each and every working day-born team contributed is computed and introduced, starting from the most affordable contributors to the maximum contributors, amidst shouts of joy by members of the day-team which is declared as the winner (greatest contributor).
2. ‘Mmea ne mmarima’ is also a system of supplying in some Ghanaian churches. In this process, providing is dependent on gender. Ladies and gentlemen queue up independently to make their contributions. In the conclusion, the whole sum each individual group contributed is computed and announced, amidst shouts of pleasure from the gender team that contributes maximum for beating their opponent.