Although God has promised to bless us when we give, we still show signs of comfort as we give. As a result many communities have taken different ways to force communities to give. For example, in many churches in Ghana, when a community prepares to run a fundraiser to support its programs, invitations are sent to those who are wealthy to act as chairs and special guests.
The day comes. The ceremony is very short. Prayer may not be prayer and Bible Study that day; the goal is to get enough money as directed. Then there is the first offense, then an appeal for funds, then ‘Kofi ne Ama’ (1) (Kofi and Ama) and finally ‘mmea ne mmarima’ (2) (men and women).
Fundraising can take more than an hour which can take a few minutes (please note that fundraising is only part of the main service) as this is the day to showcase different styles of dance ; that is the time to find out if the Friday born can raise a higher amount than the Monday born; that is the period to see if men can raise a higher amount than women in the community; we eventually lose the purpose of our worship.
We assume that Kwame is a member of such a community. Kwame has to donate forty-five US dollars ($ 45.00). During the first conviction he gives five DOLAS ($ 5.00). It gives the highest number during the appeal of funds because that is when the various amounts are stated, say $ 100, $ 50, $ 30, $ 20, in descending order. When $ 30 is mentioned, Kwame walks on to give; everyone knows he has given $ 30 and is recommended. He then spreads the remaining ten dollars ($ 10.00) over ‘Kofi ne Ama’ and ‘mmea ne mmarima’. In the end, it was Kwame who won, not God.
What is the essence of all this. Can’t we just spend a few minutes bringing everything we have to the altar? Can we not afford simplicity (Mt. 6: 1-4)? Can’t we save some time on other equally important issues? This will not be possible until the church awakens from its pleasant state; until the church repents at its ease and understands the principles of the gift. I thank God that some communities have recognized this problem and are sorry. These communities are now excelling in the grace of the gift.
1. It is a method of giving ‘Kofi ne Ama’ in some churches in Ghana. The days of the week are called (Sunday to Saturday) and whatever day you are born, you walk on to give. At the end, the total amount contributed by each group born in the day is calculated and announced, starting from the lowest to the highest contributors, amid the joys of the day group members. is announced as the winner (highest contributor).
2. It is also a method of giving ‘Mmea ne mmarima’ in some churches in Ghana. In this method, the giving is based on gender. Queue women and men separately to make their contributions. In the end, the total amount contributed by each group is calculated and announced, amidst the excitement from the gender group that sends the highest number to beat their opponent.