This City needs you – Baraka tells Church of Pentecost

by Kofi Ayim

The Mayor of the City of Newark, New Jersey has called on religious bodies to go out on the street to give hope to the hopeless and faith to the faithless. Mayor Ras Baraka, known in some circles as the Peoples Mayor made this clarion call December 14 as Guest of Honor at the Newark Central Assembly, New Jersey District 2014 Christmas Convention of the Church of Pentecost. He remarked that the City of Newark needs people of God to not just physically occupy buildings, but to also occupy the city with their spirituality. “We need the power that exudes here on Sundays to go out there to uplift the spirits of the people of Newark” he preached. He added “we do want and need people to feel good because when you feel good, you do good, and the basis of goodness is within God.” He pointed out that people of faith and hope must connect with those that have lost confidence in themselves. Paraphrasing the 6th Principle of Kwanzaa, Mayor Baraka pledged that before he leaves this planet, he intends to make things better in the community than they are now. In a brief message to the mostly immigrant Church, Newark City Council President Mildred Crump, (also known as Mama Africa) reminded the congregation that “the blood that binds us together is thicker than the waters that separate us.” The 500-member Church headed by District Pastor Adarkwah Aduasah was founded about 25 years ago. The Newark District consists of seven Churches; Paterson, Dover, Trenton, East Orange, Jersey City, Staten Island, and Newark Central.
The New Jersey Region is under the leadership of Apostle John K. Appiah. Present at the Convention were the Rev. Raymond Fawole, President of the Association of African Clergy (ACCA) and Rev. Roundtree, head of the Mayor’s Office of the Clergy. As part of its Community Outreach program, the Mayor’s Office of the Clergy last year met with a cross -section of African religious leaders.

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