February 2002 : Ghana
I recently returned from Ghana West Africa. Dr. Stephen Losh, a research associate at Cornell University Ithaca, N.Y., traveled with me on this mission. By God’s grace ELIJAH MINISTRIES is being used to establish unity in the communities. In the four towns we visited history has been made. Never in their history have all the churches worked together to conduct a program for their communities. We witnessed the working together of Pentecostals, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists, Catholics, Assemblies of God and many other independent churches to reach out to their communities. The favor of God was upon us. The District Chief Executive Officer, which would be the equalivant of a governor, Traditional Paramount Chief and local chiefs of Breman-Askuma, Brakwa, Jamra and Aboabo worked together with us. Each of these towns have populations of 8,000 to 10,000 and at no meeting were there less than 1,000 in attendance. Many nights there were over 2,500 present. That is like 10% of the people.
At each meeting we preached the uncompromising, uncomplicated Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Power of the Holy Spirit testified that Jesus is Alive and the same. In the meetings over 2,100 people not counting the children prayed to receive Jesus, and He was present in power to heal many. The blind received sight, the deaf heard again and all manner of sickness and diseases were healed.
At the district high school on a Saturday morning 1,000 students ranging in age from 14-19 came to a meeting. Dr. Stephen Losh preached the GOOD NEWS and 94 students received Jesus and over 200 rededicated their lives.
At all the meetings the pastors used counselors and wrote down the names of all those who received Jesus so they can do the follow-up. WOW! NYAME TUMI SO (God is so Great in Twi dialect) Elijah School of Ministry International has come to stay in Ghana.
We officially opened the school on 26 February 2002. There are 21 students that range in age from 22 years to 55 years, which include five women. All of the students are involved in an ongoing ministry. Several are pastors, evangelists, church planters and youth workers.
On opening day the students marched through the town in their school uniforms carrying the sign Elijah School of Ministry International, Whatever It Takes. The brass band of the Roman Catholic Church provided the marching music. The Traditional Paramount Chief and the District Chief Executive Officer were present and addressed the students and the assembled guests. The Building we are using is a five room rented facility freshly painted by the students.
I was overwhelmed to tears as I saw the sign of the school on the highway and then looked up on the hill and there was this building. Thank you Father for your faithfulness. I am fully aware that none of this is possible without strong support from folks like you. Thank you and God bless you. You can make it possible for these students to be more focused on their studies and training by partnering up with one student providing only $5 a month / $60 a year, so they can concentrate on studies and their ministry. You can send more, that always helps. If you designate your gift to a student I will assure you it will go for their training. I traveled on to Lome, Togo and was a speaker at SPOUDAZO an international conference held on 5-7 March, for Pastors, Evangelists, Missionaries, and Church Leaders. This was a powerful time with over 900 in attendance daily for three days.
Letter from Togo upon return to USA
Dear in The Lord Hope you got home safely, rejoycing in the Lord. Thanks and glory be to His wonderful name. It was great having a wonderful time with you in the conference in Lome Togo. Infact we were very bless for sach power packed sessions. There are a lot of testimonies all over the city about what the Lord has done in lives at the conference. We give Him the glory. Thank you also for allowing yourselve to be used mightly by God to bless lives. I also on behalf of my brother Rev. Emmanuel Hopeson and the G.C.I. Say, we appreciate your efforts and your contributions towards the success of the conference and thanks God for the time you had with us.May the good Lord Himself bless and reward you more than words could discribe. Again I say God bless you and Hope this is the beginning of great things that God will be doing. I believe God does not get people together for nothing so our meeting is not by accident but programmed by God so lets be praying we don’t know what the future holds. My regards to all members of your church and ministry. Not forgeting your sweet wife and family. GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN JESUS NAME. AMEN. Yours Establishing His Rules. Bishop Edem HOPESON
On April 1st I am off to Mindanao, Philippines. I will be there for the month, preaching, teaching and planting churches. There has been some trouble among the muslim communities and christians. Pray! Pray! Pray!