November 5, 2016
A Growing Work in Ghana
From the Superintendent's DESK
Bayo Adeniran and I flew to Ghana on Thursday. We were greeted at the airport by a small group, which included Akwasi Badu-Debrah, the District Superintendent of Ghana, and Jane Akazue who is the widow of Brother Bayo’s predecessor, and now assists with the Ghana work.
Both the headquarters church and office for Ghana are in Accra. We drove to the office and were received by a group of students singing “Happy Welcome.” These attend the church grade school, and most are from outside our church family.
>Nearby, we toured a nearly completed guest house, which when finished will have eleven bedrooms with full baths, two sitting rooms, and a kitchen. It will be used to host visiting ministers and also for special activities throughout the year. Before leaving, we had the opportunity to meet a few dozen key workers of the Accra church.
Our growing work in Ghana is comprised of forty branch churches and Bible Study centers. On Friday, we visited five of these (Ayisah, Faith Kope, Kasseh, Toflokpo, and Sege) as well as the church where our Faith Kope saints originally worshiped in 1946.
In Sege, which is a ninety-minute drive outside downtown Accra, we stopped at the construction site of a new church building about four times the size of the current one. Since my last visit in 2010, the saints have far outgrown the building they are in. Weekly meetings are regularly attended by two-hundred and fifty, and during combined meetings, only one-third of the congregation can be seated inside.
Ayisah is about a half hour away from Sege. Our church there is regularly attended by up to three hundred, and during a recent youth retreat it was filled to capacity. Our Toflokpo church is one that has a school. As we arrived, students again greeted us with the “Happy Welcome” song. Our Faith Kope church is another that is under construction. Still, nearly one hundred gather in the partially completed building each Sunday for services. Our final stop was to see where the Kasseh saints meet. They have a very nice church building.
The work in Ghana continues to grow and is beginning to expand from the south of the country to the central and north. It is encouraging to see what God is doing in this region.
Saturday began with a live interview at a national television station. Brother Bayo, Brother Badu-Debrah, and I sat at a curved desk with the host of a morning human-interest program. Since the questions related to the historical foundation of our church in Portland, in Western and Central Africa, and in Ghana, we could happily respond.
Next, we went to the Accra headquarters church where seventy-five Sunday school teachers had gathered for a workshop. There had been interest in the history of our work, especially as it pertains to our flagship publication, so the teachers were given the same presentation shared at the Minister and Spouse Meeting during this past Portland camp meeting. The Ghana workers enthusiastically endorsed the idea of returning to The Apostolic Faith as the name of our flagship publication, and they are looking forward to the launching of our mobile friendly website.
Following the workshop, we traveled five hours round-trip to see the future site of the Ghana campground. It is presently farmland, which was sold to us by a family who became too elderly to work it. We met with four of the family members, as well as with the very elderly ladies who will soon be moving from that farm to the city.
Tomorrow, we are schedule to attend a combined meeting at our Ghana headquarters church before flying to Benin.