The Scripture Union Ghana has initiated the construction of a $7.4 million campsite project at Pepawani near Aburi in the Akwapim South Municipality of the Eastern Region.
The groundbreaking ceremony marked the commencement of the ultra-modern multi-purpose project, spanning 14.2 acres, and featuring a 1000-seat main auditorium, a 1000-seat multi-purpose hall, dormitories, 13 chalets, an Administration Block, Sports and Fields, a Prayer Garden and Reserves, and a Gate House with Parking.
Named the “Children and Youth Development Campsite,” the project aims to provide accommodation for Scripture Union (SU) members, eliminating the reliance on public schools during camp meetings and positively impacting the lives of young people through discipleship.
Morgan Fianko Asiedu, Esq., Council Chairman of SU, explained that the difficulties in securing public school facilities and the high costs of private commercial facilities prompted the need for a dedicated campsite.
The campsite is expected to reduce the financial burden on the Union and instil values in children and youth, fostering a sense of uprightness and the fear of God for the benefit of the community and the nation.
Rev. Derek E. Koomson, General Director of SU, highlighted the project as a testimony to SU's global outreach. He emphasized the collaboration between SU and the Pepawani community, emphasizing the broader mission of training young individuals in the teachings of Christ to become responsible leaders.
The first phase of the project, including the 1000-seat main auditorium, is estimated to cost $4.9 million, with the entire project totalling $7.4 million.
Rev. Koomson disclosed that the campsite would be available for use by churches and announced plans for similar projects across the country after the completion of this one.
Most Rev. Dr. Paul Kwabena Boafo, the Presiding Bishop of The Methodist Church, in Ghana, hailed the campsite as an intentional investment in the youth.
He anticipated the transformation of lives in the community and its environs, assuring the SU of the Methodist Church's support.
Nana Kwafo Kwasi Wiafe, Kyidomhene, Pepawani, expressed gratitude for the project, urging youth to maximize the facility for knowledge acquisition.
Mr. Seth Kwame Acheampong, Eastern Regional Minister, commended SU and encouraged the positive impact on young people, fostering responsible citizenship.
Scripture Union Ghana, evolving from a school and Bible study movement in the 1950s, has grown into a significant Evangelical Christian Organization, embodying both evangelical and charismatic elements.