February 2004 : Ghana
Greetings once again from Ghana. The time is going by so quickly. Everyday we are blessed to see the hand of God working in the fulfilling of the vision of ELIJAH MINISTRIES. After leaving Aboabo we returned to Accra. The more time that I spend with Pastor Prince Benny Wood the more I am impressed with the maturity of this godly young man. He has been a pastor for 14 years and planted Power Vision Chapel International five years ago. PVCI has already established other branches and planted churches in Ghana. These churches are being planted with a world vision in their heart. Although they are not large ministries, they are moving with an eye to reach the world. I am also being introduced to men who are of a different spirit than the average minister in this area. These are men who are crossing over the lines of tradition and reaching out to people, presenting them with the whole message of the gospel. They seem to be much more interested in building the Kingdom of God than their own ministries. They even recommend people to other churches if it is an easier distance for them to travel. They willing support programs of those who are walking in a like manner as they are. Through Pastor Prince I have been introduced to seasoned godly men as well. Men who went before these younger men and demonstrated that by God’s Grace all things are possible. While visiting one of these men, Bishop Dr. Joseph Oduro-Anokye founder of Redemption Hour Faith Ministries, after spending some time getting acquainted the three of us stood and joined hands to pray. During our prayer I believe God gave me a vision. I saw, very clearly, hands from heaven weaving together a fish net. I am convinced that these are the hands of the Lord bringing men and their ministries together in order to facilitate a mighty gathering of the nations of the earth. These men that I am blessed to meet are men who are not so concerned with building great buildings but are using their resources to reach into the rural areas and plant churches in the many unchurched villages in Ghana. While in Accra Pastor Prince and I visited a woman who was released from the hospital because the doctors could not find a way to help her. We laid hands on her, anointed her with oil and prayed in faith according to the Word. She began to feel better but was still unable stand and walk nor could she eat or drink anything without vomiting. The next day we visited her once more. She was actually smiling and declared she felt much better and could now drink water. We prayed once more. It was clear that faith was being built up in her. The next day, praise the Lord. She was up and walking outside and taking food. YEAH! Faithful is our God. On Friday 5 March Pastor Prince and I traveled to Togo. Togo is the nation that borders Ghana to the east. This was the first time Pastor Prince traveled to Togo. We were guests of Bishop Edem Hopeson of Eglise Du Ministere Da La Foi, French for The Church of Faith Ministries. We arrived in late afternoon and got settled before we were taken to a gathering of an all night prayer meeting. They meet the first Friday of each month, to praise, preach the word, and pray for Lome and their nation. It is my estimate that more than 500 people were gathered for this monthly event. I was honored with the privilege to bring the message. By God’s Grace many were blessed. This meeting was brought to a close at 4:30 Saturday morning. With very little sleep we visited the orphanage that Bishop Edem Hopeson and his wife Stephanie started 2 years ago. Believing that God could bring change to their nation as they brought change into the lives of these abandoned children. They are caring for 97 children, 63 boys and 34 girls ranging in ages 6 months to 15 years. They provide for all their needs without outside help. Because of the financial conditions of the children the church also has started a school to educate them. All this is a drain on the resources of the church. But rather than build a big building they are ministering to people. The church meets in very simple pole building without walls. This is no small gathering; the church consists of more than 1000 members. They have also started a bible school to train men and women to reach out into the rural areas and remote villages of Togo. Sunday morning I preached and God’s presence was very evident. Many were moved to respond to the Holy Spirit. Pastor Prince joined with me to minister. Through his prophetic gifting many people we touched. That evening we traveled to two villages in the rural area where two branch churches were planted. Many after hearing the “”Good News”” received the Lord Jesus; many were set free from demonic oppression. Even in the absence of electric lighting, with the ancient sound of drums and tambourines filling the night air with rhythmic praise to the Lord the power in the Gospel of God to transform lives was demonstrated once more. We were back at our residence very late that night but refreshed by the Holy Spirit. Monday morning we returned to Ghana. Monday evening we visited the leadership of Power to the World Chapel International a church planted by Pastor Prince and Power Vision Chapel International. Pastor Dominic is another one of these godly young men that are walking with a different spirit upon them. Tuesday and Wednesday nights we ministered at Power to the World Chapel Int. In God’s presence many were saved, some healed immediately, and many set free from the oppression to the enemy. During the days we paid calls on area Bishops and leaders. The Lord is extending the tent stakes of ELIJAH MINISTRIES. Thursday and Friday the ministry is in Power Vision Chapel International. I conducted a Leadership Seminar on Saturday the 13th for local area Pastors and Leaders. Power Vision Chapel International hosted the gathering. This mission to Ghana and Togo has been a very fruitful trip. On Sunday 14 March four new churches will be affiliated with ELIJAH MINISTRIES. Rev. Prince Benny Wood will be installed as West Africa Representative for ELIJAH MINISTRIES. Pastor Benjamin will be ordained into the gospel ministry. Working with ELIJAH MINISTRIES, Power Vision Chapel International will begin to go with a pioneer anointing into the unchurched areas of Ghana planting Churches and establishing Elijah School of Ministry International in regional areas for the training and equipping of men and women who will pastor these rural remote villages. Plans are being formulated for the practical financial provision for these pioneer pastors and their families. On Monday 15 March it will be homeward bound. I will see my beloved, Sandra, as always when I see her, she will take my breath taken away. After I recover it will be time to prepare for the Philippines 14 April until 4 May. Thank you for your prayers together we have impacted a portion of the world we have been commissioned to reach. By God’s grace we will continue till it is finished
Arrived in Accra late on 23 Feb. Graciously Pastor Prince Benjamin Wood pastor of Power Vision Chapel International greeted me and took me to the P.V.C.I. where I greeted the awaiting leaders of the church. Spoke a word of encouragement to them it was a glad reunion time. The next day we made preparations to travel to Oda. PVCI was establishing a branch church in Akim-Aboabo. We were here to formally inaugurate the church branch, ordain two pastors and conduct a 2-day open-air crusade. We also traveled to Asikuma to check on the Elijah School of Ministry International. Pastor Patrick and Seth have done a magnificent job of administrating the school. The second year students are almost finished with all their required courses for the 2-year program and will receive a Diploma in Biblical Studies. Several of the students have taken up internships in local churches and all reports are coming back that they are very well prepared. One student placed 2nd in all of Ghana at a bible competition among Presbyterians. The opportunity presented itself for an increase in the training of believers and the equipping of ministers for the work of the gospel. In a joint effort PVCI and ELIJAH MINISTRIES will hand in hand to plant churches in the cities, towns and villages of all ten regions of Ghana and provide for the establishment of ESMI where a branch of the PVCI is planted. Pastor Prince Wood has been so very instrumental in bringing reality to the vision of ELIJAH MINISTRIES in Ghana. The Lord has wonderfully brought us together. The visions of the two ministries are very compatible to the working out for bringing completion to the Great Commission.
Before we began the open-air meetings we had an audience with the chief of ABOABO Nana Ampomah Kubina Wireko II. He granted us full support for the meetings and authorized the use of the front platform of his official palace for our stage. This is unusual, not in line with his tradition. We had found favor with him by Gods grace. The first night in Abaobo the obvious presence of the Holy Spirit had us all filled with great anticipation. The Praise and Worship team of PVCI in Accra traveled with their instruments and sound equipment to join us at Aboabo. This is a three-hour trip. They not only functioned as a Worship team but they spent more than two hours a day in aggressive intercession for the community and the meetings. Due to their commitment and sacrifice the atmosphere of the night air was filled with glorious praise. This provided the vessel for the Holy Spirit to come upon us. The people of the community were caught up in the presence of the Lord and danced with great enthusiasm. When it was time for me to preach I lifted the shofar to my mouth and blew. The sound trumpeted out into the night air. At the sound of the horn the heavens seem to open up. The people welcomed the anointing, many where moved greatly. I greeted the people and began bringing the word. As always the message of the Gospel has power and this night was no different. Many chose to come into the kingdom of God by repenting and receiving the Lord Jesus. In the demonstration of the power of the gospel many were healed immediately and there were several that were set free from the torments of the evil one.
The second night the crowd grew larger. The intensity of the atmosphere increased. This night the gospel message had a theme of on taking back what the devil has stolen. More people came to repentance and received Jesus Christ. The Lord was present to heal. All who believed where healed. Pastor Prince Wood, a prophet, joined me; I turn the meeting over to him. He began to prophecy and received words of knowledge. Many people were delivered, set free through the power of the Lord Jesus. It was noticed that something unusual was happening no one left the meeting the people stayed long after to continue to bask in the presence of the Holy Spirit. The meetings were to stop but the demand was placed on us to continue onto Saturday night. The Chief was agreeable; he even attended the meeting, which almost never happens. He also asked for prayer, Pastor Prince and I laid hands on him and prayed. Saturday night was like electricity was in the air; more and more people came to the meeting. This night like the other two nights was preceded by a rain between the hours of 4:00 pm and 5:00pm. The rain would stop before the setting up for the meeting. It would rain enough to cool things down and settle the dust then stop. I noticed that for the three nights the rain intensified more than the night before. Saturday nights rain was a real Toad Choker if you know what I mean. It rained so hard the ditches along the roads were as rushing rivers. I was as if the rain was an indicator of what the meeting was going to be like. Saturday night was a powerful night of salvation, healing and deliverance. Again the people would not leave.
Pastor Emmanuel Apau, the pastor of the new branch commented to us that this was the first time ever that he could remember that the people conducted themselves like this. He has lived in the community most of his life. All praise to the Lord. I prophesied over the community of Aboabo. That this was a true new beginning for them, just as the new branch church was to be inaugurated the community would begin to experience a new level, a higher level of living. I want to thank all of you who have given yourselves to pray for ELIJAH MINISTRIES; your cries have been heard. It has resulted in changing a community in the nation of Ghana. Sunday was a grand day. By Gods grace I was privileged to take part in what I believe to be an historic day in the life of Aboabo. The church was inaugurated and Pastor Emmanuel Apau and Pastor Samuel Johnson Obeng were ordained into the gospel ministry. Power Vision Chapel International who sponsored this branch in Aboabo is an affiliate with ELIJAH MINISTRIES. I am so humbled by what has happened and it is only the first week. Keep praying. God bless you and all who are with you in Christ.