Message from the President 2022-2023
Builders of Christ, let us praise God for his providence showered on us like the morning dew amidst the devastating COVID 19 pandemic in our country. If not the protection of God, let GNAAS members say (Psalm 124:1 adapted). I thank God almighty for your life.
Like Israel, He would seal us against the perilous pestilence of our days, and even if we die, we are heaven-bound. I don’t know if once it has occurred to you that maybe we are alive to sound the battle cry. Maybe we are alive to join the I WILL GO train. Or maybe we are alive to tell the world of the goodness of the lord and his soon coming. Isn’t that a great opportunity to harness all our abilities in full strength and scale up excellence in our mission work, academic, and social responsibilities.
For this quinquennium, the world church (General conference, GC) has rekindled the great commission. Tell yourself, I WILL GO! Then we ask ourselves, how should we go? It is therefore incumbent on us to prepare ourselves adequately for this commission. We need to have the mindset of Christ whom we are testifying, The mind of achieving excellence in all things. Christ’s excellence in ministry to mankind has been the greatest example. He never relented in His daily knowledge of the scrolls and fervent prayers and affecting lives in all things. One day at a time, He pressed on towards His goal and crowned it on the cross –the redemption story.
Builders for Christ, although we are confronted with challenges on our campuses, we should still carry on, move on, fight on, and press on to press the heart of the unbelieving souls with the enriching testimony of Jesus and His love (Phil 3:12-14). This year, we pray for the spirit of excellence in all endeavors. We know that our Lord wants the best of us; He wanted the best of the fields of the earth and the best of the cattle of the land from Cain and Abel. He wanted the best from Noah and Solomon in the building of the Ark and the temple of the Lord, so He expects the same from us too. Peter as a servant of God shared in God’s perfection and excellence in character (2 pet 1:5). Therefore, he encourages us to seek moral, interpersonal, or relational excellence as well as excellence in the acquisition of knowledge.
Builders for Christ, as we start a new year of excellence, may we participate fully in the kingdom business; may we give our best devotion to “matters of eternal interest” (Upward Look, (UL) p.365.6) – spiritual retreats, Christian love, relationship seminars, educational seminars, evangelism and charity campaigns, community service, etc.
Dear friends, let us light our world. May the same God who has led us through all ages see us through all the days of the year, and remember to be under the wings of God always. If for nothing, think of Excellence.
May God bless us all, strengthen us and cause us to be excellent in all facets of our lives.
Press on! Go Higher!
Message from the President 2020-2021
To God be praise and glory for another year freely given and the privilege to work in His vineyard. For as His advent lingers, we are obliged to work painstakingly to trumpet the message of grace and salvation to all. We are to live pure, attractive and salvific lives, demonstrating the love of God to all in all our engagements to deliberately draw the attention of men to God.
The Ghana National Association of Adventist Students still remains a formidable students’ movement which is disposed towards proclaiming and demonstrating the truth about God. Graciously, we remain the largest students’ organization within the Adventist church in Ghana. Our activities every year are a prima facie of our desire to raise young God-fearing intellectuals to contribute towards the Gospel Commission and national development.
This year, our attention is drawn to the need for self-examination and self-introspection as Adventists even as we go by the theme “As For Me; Reaching in to reach out”. The theme obliges us to reclaim brethren who are backslidden, falling away, missing and apostatized whiles neglecting not our onus to dying souls outside the fold. And this we shall do along with objectively considering our stand before God. With these activities, we are sure to be revived individually and have our fellowship populated with the missing-but-found members and new converts. We are called to have nothing between us and our God and to be light-bearers to this dark world of sin.
The grace of God be with us all. Amen.
More About Us
- Develop a unified body of Seventh-day Adventist students with an unsleeping consciousness for spiritual,moral,and academic excellence;and one in which every student is a missionary.
- Prepare souls on various campuses for the imminent return of Christ.
- Help in the spiritual development of Seventh-day Adventist students.
- Promote fellowship among Seventh-day Adventist students in Ghanaian in situations of learning and beyond.
- Establish GNAAS branches on institutional campuses where necessary.
- Effectively fulfill our social responsibilities in the communities.
- Encourage discipline among members and dedication to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and the Association.
Raising young God-fearing intellectuals to contribute towards the Gospel Commission and national development
What is GNAAS?
GNAAS is an acronym for Ghana National Association of Adventist Students.A coalition of Adventist students on secular tertiary and Senior High School campuses
The Adventist student,A builder for Christ
GNAAS Stands for Ghana National association of Adventist Students. In 1980/81, Seventh-day Adventist young people in public universities in Ghana conceived the idea of an association for Adventist students. They wanted to find out whether they could make a difference in the church and in the world by taking seriously the claims of Biblical Adventism. These young people came from different walks of life, a spectrum of socio-economic, ethnic and academic backgrounds. The result is what we have today; GNAAS. The interest for the formation of the association was aroused when there used to be a forum for Adventist Educationist and Intellectuals. The agenda then was to create a common platform where they could meet periodically to plan on how to build a resource base for the Church’s education department and offer professional consultation.
The idea to organize a students’ body was, however not on agenda. It came only as side issue. The issue of students in arose because fellowships on various campuses were not organized as one body. Senior comrades then saw that, without starting from campuses, the task will be daunting. Another pressing issue had to do with the infringement on our right to free worship because Adventists are a minority. Therefore, to be able to fight for a common goal, the need for a unified body of Adventist students was critical.
In 1982, a meeting was held at SDA Teachers Training College, Asokore for the Educationist and Intellectuals. The meeting ended with the formation of GNAAS. The first secretariat was hosted by University of Ghana with the following as executives:.