As I ponder around lifetime and glance back again into time, I cannot assistance but truly feel nostalgic. Considering about the very little I have witnessed, by way of our country’s politics and church heritage, I’m certain if you had been my age (although I’m not too aged), you would likely share in my thoughts and feelings.
OF POLITICS AND CHURCH
1983. There is no way I can fail to remember this calendar year. This was the calendar year we had to queue for simple needs. If you required to consume kenkey, you required to go to the kenkey home to place your order in advance of the kenkey was ready or, greater even now, buy it uncooked, go house and end it off. During that time, there was no way a kenkey vendor would have the time to even place kenkey in an ice upper body (food hotter) for shoppers. For the in which? If you make the mistake of waiting around till the kenkey received cooked ahead of going to the kenkey home, Jack, you would go and satisfy an vacant cooking pot – every thing gone! Interesting occasions, they were.
Does everyone don’t forget the period of Papa J. desilting gutters and conference dignitaries at the Osu Castle in his armed forces uniform? He would go through a created speech as if what had been created was not what he had in mind to say (ha ha!). I always got myself glued to my seat any time I noticed JJ on Television. He so fascinated me. Afterwards, the military uniform he utilised to don turned into smock over white shirt. Certainly, military services-leader-turned-democratically-elected president, he was. Ei! we have appear a extensive way o. And there’s some much more. Recall the 1995 Kumepreko demonstration? Those people ended up the days when Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo now President and Dr. Nyaho Nyaho Tamakloe were great allies. I noticed them with my individual eyes in front of Kingsway on that fateful working day, hand-in-hand, matching to Makola. What actually transpired with their friendship or is it just a media point?
I feel about Radio Eye and Tarzan, Dr Charles Wireko Brobbey, and the coming of Joy FM. Now, Pleasure FM is celebrating 25 years. Congratulations to them. These presenters had been splendid: Gabby Adjetey, Kofi Kum Bilson, Doreen Andoh, the Manager Player, Zig Zag- Azigiza Jnr, the Senior Player Tommy Annan Forson. You people imagined Doreen just arrived, we have been taking pleasure in her ever since…ha ha!. Azigiza, you believed he has generally been a gentleman of God, eh? You really should have been there to listen to his mixes, much too a great deal! Then at GBC was KKD, the Greatest. He was genuinely the best. Tommy Annan Forson and Fritz Baffour, of course, the Honourable Fritz and Tommy Annan Forson were being “play mates” when we talk of standup comedy these two were being anything else, not what we are getting fed with now. I beg, I have not stated names o.
These were being terrific periods increasing up in Accra, Chorkor, Mamprobi, Kaneshie, Laterbiokoshie, Dansoman, Odorkor, Korle Bu, Osu, Labadi. As we evolved as a state, the two politically and, maybe, economically, new church buildings have been also springing up and the older types continued to mature. I am sure some of you have the effect that the “older” church buildings ended up from the “younger” kinds that were being coming up at the time. No, not at all. By and large, had it not been the guidance of the “older” church buildings, the more youthful (Pentecostal/charismatic) church buildings would have been extinct by now. They arrived by way of for them in various methods. After all, we are a person entire body and the church is for God not person.
I keep in mind the times when Global Central Gospel Church (ICGC) utilized to be at the Baiden Powell Corridor, Accra Central. Those had been the times some of us would give up everything to listen to Rev. Otabil on Radio Gold. I experienced a little ghetto blaster I made use of to listen to him on…meerhn. Did I just mention Rev. Otabil and Radio Gold? Of course, you listened to me appropriate. I would tune in to hear to this guy of God preach the mind of God. It actually assisted several of us developing up close to that time. He brought light into our lives and kept us centered in life, usually I do not know exactly where some of us would have been by now.
Does any one try to remember Mild Residence Chapel (now Mega Church) and their Korle Gonno neighbors? Herh! How the community fought that church! You have no notion. This is my impression, although: just one of the very best things to have occurred to Korle Gonno was the coming of Gentle Household Chapel to that community – a large amount of life were being transformed. I’m positive some of people who ended up positively impacted by the church have even turn into bishops now.
And when Action chapel relocated from Airport to Spintex, I keep in mind some stating “Ah Spintex! are they not obtaining shut to Tema?” and “That bush! who will make a church there? But glimpse at what that spot has develop into. You require thousands of Ghana cedis to even get a quarter of a quarter plot there. Just look at the prayer cathedral – Awesome.
Eiish, I can not forget about IBWC, am guaranteed you are asking yourself what name that is. That was the name of now Royal Household Chapel. They employed to hold church companies at the Blackmore and Sons making at Kokomlemle, reverse Unibank (Blackmore, any relation with D-Black?). I used to go to their Friday evening companies. The Blackmore creating was a warehouse that had been transformed into a chapel – that was their place of worship for very a lengthy interval ahead of relocating to their present area.
Situations HAVE Adjusted BUT GOD Has not
As you can see, moments have changed. Some will connect with it the good previous days. Church buildings that applied to be smaller have turn out to be mega church buildings and pretty quickly their Basic Overseers who have or are turning 60 yrs will be handing over to the upcoming generation. I pray they will enable God to immediate them and stick to the case in point of the church of Pentecost and not deal with church as monarchy. Even although church buildings are shifting their names, making far more branches and mega spots of worship, one particular factor stays – GOD has not modified, neither has His Term.
Lacking MY CHURCH
Inform me, how has it been for you through this interval of lockdown and social distancing? Have you not skipped church? The bodily contacts? I wager you have. Please forgive o, I am not downplaying the on-line church products and services. Not at all. As they say, that is the new normal. But I should admit that I pass up going to church – my church – the natural environment, the Akwaaba Group at the entrance with their attractive smiles, the welcoming hand of the ushers directing us to our seats. I have this corner I love to sit paaa, but have confidence in me, the ushers would not permit me to go and conceal there o. They generally have their have seating system, so if I don’t go early sufficient, I just cannot get my chosen corner. There ended up occasions I desired to pull a speedy a single on them, but it hardly ever labored. The song ministrations – The Timothy Course – great. Their audio is so sweet. Then comes the time when you essential to fasten your seat belt – THE Word MINISTRATION. Believe that me, you could come to feel the phrase hitting you – literally. Sundays have been like likely for a a few-training course buffet in a five-star resort – the deal no be little koraaaa.
The Saturday early morning prayers – Early morning taste, we contact it – the taste alone would mesmerize you. Charlie, no pray for me make a difference there o every just one for himself … hehehe. The month to month night time vigils. Often, I virtually carried my legs to go since, charley, the heart would be eager but the body… But it normally turned distinctive a make a difference when I got there. Totally value the time. You imagine that is all at The Keeper’s Household Chapel Intercontinental (TKHCI) you lie terrible soul successful would be hammered into your head saaa … hehehe. We are trying to heed that phone. It hasn’t been quick ooo but we are believing God for the grace to do it … ha ha!
The heat from leadership is amazing. In church you uncover a residence. Church companies never conclusion with out our Pastor availing himself to prolong a hand of fellowship in a variety of varieties, like hugs, hellos and declaring, “BLESSINGS” to you. IS THIS OUR CHURCH? It’s OUR CHURCH KORAAA. You as well notify me about your church (hahaha).
CHURCH HAS Kept US SANE
I guess you agree with me that you could have conveniently absent again to your aged lousy means these few months, but for the grace of God. You see, quite a few a time we have experienced to grapple with some difficulties, the initial place of contact has been the church. I hope you have not forgotten the help the church gave you the last time you referred to as on them. Do you bear in mind the groceries you ended up given during the lockdown? I hope you also bear in mind the assistance they gave when you ended up in dire want of revenue to spend your ward’s college fees, not to communicate about how you discovered a spouse in the church. I also hope you will not overlook the sort gesture of your pastor contacting to obtain out how you ended up performing under the lockdown? Oh, I just remembered – what about the naming and perseverance of your recently born baby in church, the superior universities and hospitals which were being all created by the church?
One particular early morning, I handed as a result of ICGC, Christ Temple. I was surprised as to the variety of men and women at the church premises who experienced been used and were functioning. Lately, some of us have built ourselves social activists for the very poor in the church. Yet, deep down, you know you really don’t care about their welfare, but you go on social media and condemn the church. Be very careful o. Let’s observe it. Charlie, the church is the keeper of souls of adult men ooo. If we will be genuine with ourselves, we won’t deny the simple fact that we have acquired various aid from the church, non secular and materials, often from church buildings we don’t even belong. I heard about a few who gave greatly to their local church at a time of their life. Afterwards in existence, all their youngsters grew to become distinguished people today in modern society – one grew to become a president, yet another a professional medical doctor and a minister of condition. I consider this did not take place by possibility. It happened since of the seeds the couple sowed into the church previously in their lives. A covenant was operating for them.
This is my sincere view you may well have yours. But, as for me and my house we are committed to providing to the residence of God with no apologies. The fact that the church has been around prolonged adequate need to tell us that there is a mighty hand holding it. We will all go, some others will come the church will nevertheless be here. My reflections about some attention-grabbing alterations that have happened in our society need to notify us that no make a difference the changes that occur in culture, the church would continue to be all around. So, like a wonderful drama, when it’s your change, engage in your element, and participate in it well – Operate IT AND Preserve IT. And as my pastor will say, be sure to “make sure you are next the suitable buttocks” Simply just set, observe the suitable man of God. Apostle Paul places it this way: “follow me as I adhere to Christ”.
Now, to the Section B Compulsory Issue: “YOU AND THE CHURCH WHO Demands WHO”? I have declared my stance, what about you?