On Sunday September 17, 2023, Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo paid a working visit to the Bolgatanga Apostle Area. This is the first visit of the Ghana Church leader in Ghana since taking over responsibility for the entire country. The terrain was a familiar one for the Lead Apostle who had lived there a little over 30 years ago and was part of the establishment of the congregations. He now returns to serve them as an Apostle.
On this occasion, the Lead Apostle served over 220 members at our Central Church in Bolgatanga with a bible word from Mathew 6:3-4; “But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.”
The Lead Apostle in his opening remarks paid glowing tribute to pioneers of the work of God in the Bolgatanga Apostle Area making special mention of Apostle Amoah and Apostle Samuel Arthur (of blessed memory) in his blessed memory. He encouraged members to emulate the good examples of the faithful pioneers stating that “all our efforts and deeds are recognised by God; He will not forget them.”
Expounding the bible word, the Lead Apostle stated that, “Our Heavenly Father knows our needs. He has also blessed us with many gifts and treasures, be it material or spiritual”. These gifts and treasures, he averred, are not only for singular benefit. “We are blessed to be a blessing. We are called upon to extend helping hand to our neighbours; but in a discreet manner” the Lead Apostle stated.
The Lead Apostle further mentioned that the kind of charitable deeds recommended by Jesus Christ includes giving material gifts such as food, clothing, and water. It also includes caring for the sick and caring for general needs of our neighbours to the best of our ability. “It also means to care for the spiritual needs of our brothers and sisters. We share with them the love of God, grace, the word as well us help them obtain salvation. These we do by inviting them to the divine service for example, that they may be baptised and holy sealed, obtain forgiveness of sins and partake of the Holy Communion” he emphasized.
But how must these be done? He quizzed. “In the secret, not with trumpeting or pump and pageantry! We do not boast of it or tend to publicise whatever we do for the benefit of our neighbour.” “Whatsoever we do unto our brothers and sisters, let it be in secret, the Lord sees it and will reward our efforts abundantly”.
Concluding the sermon, the Lead Apostle exhorted members to take delight in sharing our material and spiritual gifts with our neighbour, doing so discreetly. He further encouraged members to remain steadfast in prayer and in faith, watch over the tongue in order not to strife but promote peace with neighbours.
Apostle Samuel Ayidana (host) and District Rector Eric Arhin (Accra West) supported the divine service.