Residents of Atwea in the Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti Region have urged the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to develop Atwea Prayer Mountains into a tourist centre.
Atwea Prayer Mountains is located at Abasua in the Sekyere Central district and is considered as one of the most sacred religious and spiritual renewal sites, which attracts more than 40,000 pilgrims for spiritual cleansing and prayers every year.
Atwea Prayer Mountains was discovered by one Reverend Osei Asibey, an evangelist of the Methodist Church in 1965, while he was travelling from Asante Mampong to Effiduase to preach the gospel of Christ to the people in the area.
The mountain, which was known as “Krobo Buo” by the local people, was believed to be the home of a powerful deity who was worshipped and served by a traditional priest for the people of the Abasua community.
After the death of the traditional priest, the deity was deserted and Rev. Asibey, passing through the area to Effiduase was said to have been led to the mountains by Angels of God, who charged him to develop the place into a restive centre for people to pray to seek the face of God to solve their spiritual and physical problems.
It had since become the most preferred prayer centre for worshippers and believers from Ghana as well as other countries who visit, for a closer fellowship with God.
The residents speaking in an interview with Pure FM’s Osei Kwadwo monitored by Ghtimesonline.com said, the Atwea Prayer Mountains when developed into a tourist centre will help Ghana generate more revenue for developmental projects.
According to them, “over 1000 people come to the mountains to pray every week but the community does not benefit from the mountains”.
“We believe that when the prayer mountain is developed into a tourist centre, it will bring more developmental projects into our communities; but as it stands now, we can’t boast of just a single project,” they said.
“The mountain has created a lot of indirect jobs for the youth and our communities. Some sell food, drinks and others to those who come to the mountains to pray. Others also carry good and belongings of those who come to the mountains to the top since it is impossible to go there with a vehicle” they explained.
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