-Rev. Kortu Brown
The General Overseer of the New Water in the Desert Apostolic Pentecostal Church International, Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Brown, has called on Liberians not to elect their compatriots from the Diaspora come 2017 because they understand the light of the people.
Rev. Brown says Liberians in the Diaspora don’t understand the challenges and concerns of their compatriots back home, but rather they just want to return and take the country as a farmland to harvest what they did not plant.
The APC General Overseer spoke Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the opening of the 11th Annual Conference of the church in Brewerville, outside Monrovia. The conference, which runs from April 4th to 9th, has brought together church members from Bong, Margibi, Grand Bassa, and Montserrado Counties.
Delegates offered prayers for peace, stability and reconciliation in Liberia as well as economic prosperity, religious harmony and unity of the church, including successful Presidential and legislative elections next year.
Dr. Brown said Liberians always find it pleasurable to abandon their homeland to seek greener pasture in foreign lands, but whenever they return, the next thing is to express interest in the Presidency, something which he says should not be condoned.
The theme of the 11th Annual Conference is “Look back; look around; look forward” with text from I Chronicles 17:16-19. According to the general overseer, it’s time the church, family, and the state take responsibility, adding that lot of pastors in Liberia don’t know how to praise God, but they rather praise themselves.
“As we assemble, let’s look back and be grateful for where God has brought us from as a church and as a nation; look around and be prayerful for the opportunities and challenges set before us, and, beyond, (that), let’s look ahead, forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead”, he said.
In a brief chart with reporters at the church compound in Brewerville he said, if a man is in a town and he doesn’t have a farm, there is no need of thinking to make such person a town chief, because he wouldn’t understand the challenges in farm making.
Rev. Brown said one of the problems of Liberians is looking back, stressing a need to reflect on what God has done for the country as he is the only one that can redeem a state or an individual from life challenges.
According to him, people don’t give God chance to demonstrate his powers, making specific reference to a story in the Holy Bible when God instructed Moses to go to Egypt, a strange land to deliver the people, adding that God demonstrated his divine powers to Moses.
He however said, many Christians continue to fail in life because they follow goodness and mercy, and spent money on holy oil, adding once you ask God for grace, mercy and goodness will follow.
By Lewis S. Teh-Edited by Jonathan Browne