45 Baptisms And 4 Restorations: The Church Grows In Ghana

School was back in session April 18, 2011 for the fourth and final quarter of the 2010/2011 academic year. Teachers, students and our cooks are all doing their best to make for another successful school quarter.  

Teachers and courses for the quarter are as follows:

Matthew Ackah – 1, 2 Peter and Jude
Charles Arthur – The Book of Job
Joshua Aidoo – 1, 2 Thessalonians
Charles Mensah – Worship

I will not teach, but will be engaged during the quarter in setting in place the documentation and students’ records in accordance with Bear Valley requirements.

The picture to the left is of the oldest (Augustine 71) and the youngest (Nestor 23) enrolled in the program this year.

During the recess between the third and fourth quarters, our staff and students were engaged in soul winning and other activities in local congregations.

One student (Appiah-Kubi) joined the Vertical Centre church (Tema) to conduct a 4-day campaign at Gomoa Brofo in the Central Region. There were 63 who went. They studied with 160 people resulting in the baptism of 9 precious souls. The local church had a membership if 21 and now have 30.

Seven students worked in the town of Ponparan, near Adjoa (Western Region) April 13-17 and converted 9 people. The Team: Simon Ashalley, Joseph Eshun, Ransford Essien, Joseph Yankey, Philip Nyan, Isaac Quainoo, Onah Eliseh. 

In the town of Agogo in the Ashanti Region the evangelistic efforts of five students April 25-May 1, resulted in 14 baptisms and the restoration of 4 backsliders. The Team: Simon Ashalley, Joseph Eshun, Ransford Essien, Isaac Quainoo, Samuel Baffoe.

Brother Charles Mensah reports, “For the month of April, I led the congregation at Effiakuma, where I preach, to evangelize in the area where the church meets. After the period, 8 souls were baptized. One notable conversion was that of a 65 years old man, Frank Morgan. In less than one month after we happily received him into our fellowship, he passed on to his Maker. Pray for us.”

There was a 3-day seminar for the married in the Volta region at Ho Central Church, April 14-16.  I was in attendance to present a paper on “Should polygamists be baptized and received into the fellowship of the church?” to help answer questions, and to preach Sunday morning, April 17.

The Bomso church in Kumasi conducted its 31st Annual Life Improvement Seminar, April 21-24. In light of the fiftieth anniversary of the church, the theme was: CHURCH OF CHRIST – 50 YEARS IN GHANA, RESTRATEGIZING FOR THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS.” I spoke on strategies that were adopted for the growth of the church, 1962-1990. There were daily panel discussions on which I sat with others and preached the sermon on Sunday morning at the closing session. Five were baptized.

On Monday April 25, I attended a 6-hour meeting with the Bomso elders and others with whom I am working on documentation of the church’s fifty years in Ghana. We reviewed what had been collected and discussed what to do till out next meeting.

April 28-May 1 was the 26th Annual Women’s Lectureship at Akropong Akuapem (Eastern Region). This brings together women from churches in all ten regions of Ghana. I presented some lessons and preached the Sunday sermon at the closing session. There were over 2,000 in attendance. The picture to the left is where women were sitting under a canopy outside the main auditorium. 

This week, I am headed to Tamale to present a short course on Current Issues in the Church at the Tamale Bible School.

The picture to the left is of the man through whom the church came to Ghana and the first Ghanaian evangelist and his wife -- John Oppon Gaidoo and Sophia.
The picture to the right is of a home with a green door that opens into the room in which the first congregation in Ghana met. It was a room in brother Gaidoo's own house. He had a congregation of about sixty members.
The picture below and left is the final resting place of brother Gaidoo.  

We solicit your prayers for the work here and for peace in our dear nation. We have seen the damage done to some States in the U.S. and I have written to brethren I know in some of the affected areas. We continue to pray for America.

Thank you and bye for now.
Daniel K Ampadu-Asiamah

Posted on May 15, 2011 .