2 January 2018 | Armed men attacked Adoato-Adumanu Adventist Church in the Ashanti region of Ghana during an all-night Christmas service. The attack in the city of Kumasi took place at approximately 3 a.m. on December 24. Over 100 people were attending the service.

The unidentified young, male robbers escaped with cash, mobile phones, tablets and laptops according to GhanaWeb. The robbers reportedly attacked a church elder (a medical doctor) after taking the valuables at gunpoint. The victim sustained injuries while a number of others reported bruises.

Church leadership has lodged a formal complaint with local law enforcement.

The Mid-Central Ghana Conference of the Adventist Church issued a statement condemning the attack and wishing the victims well.

The statement said that it is only when there is security that the Church can function as one of the “agencies of socialisation” and “change lives in society.”

A similar attack took place on Ahinsan SDA Church, also in the Ashanti region of the country, on December 15, 2017.

GhanaWeb reports that robbery attacks on churches are “fast gaining notoriety” in the country.

The Mid-Central Ghana Conference of the Adventist Church has 61 churches and 19,273 members according to the Adventist Yearbook.

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