By Eric Appah Marfo, GNA
Accra, Dec. 1, GNA — The Holy Ghost Revival Centre (HGRC) of the Assemblies of God, Ghana (AG) has marked its 30th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service in Accra with a call on members to develop a personal relationship with God.
The celebration was marked under the theme: “Declaring His Faithfulness- 1 Thessalonians 5:24.”
The special guest of honour was Former President, John Dramani Mahama, Flag bearer of the National Democratic Congress.
Reverend Dr Sam Ato Bentil, General Treasurer for AG during the sermon said members should move beyond reading about God from the scriptures and rather yearn to know Him on a personal level.
“I challenge you to know God personally. He must not only be the God of your father, but He should also be your own God- the God you speak to, relate to and fellowship with. To effectively declare God’s faithfulness, you must first know Him personally,” he stated.
He quoted from the scriptures saying, “The one who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”
Rev Bentil said in declaring God’s faithfulness, members should take note of His power, praises and honour Him with their substances.
He advised them to desist from relying on pastors but rather rely completely on God.
“Do not lose hope as you wait on God for answered prayers. He is the God who continues to remain faithful even when we are unfaithful” he added.
Rev Frank Asare Boadu, Senior Pastor of HGRC on his part said though the church had encountered several difficulties, they had been able to chalk some successes.
He said membership had grown to an appreciable level making their church the biggest in the Mataheko District.
Also, the leadership of HGRC have successfully secured a property, currently in its final stages of completion, which is capable of seating 1,500 people conveniently.
The church has successfully established many churches and sponsored several pastors at the Bible College who are now pastoring churches in Accra and other parts of the country.
Rev Boadu said HGRC had established the Revival Educational Complex, a school set up to meet the educational needs of children within the community.
The school which is up to Junior High School (JHS) has successfully graduated two of its JHS batches into various Senior High Schools.
He said every year, the Church organized a Vacation Bible School to host children between two and fifteen years within the community for a week and present the Gospel to them while socializing with one another.
Former President Mahama in his goodwill message lauded HGRC for effectively reaching the lost with the Gospel.
“This church was planted 30 years ago and I think this seed fell on fertile grounds, that’s why it has grown so well,” he said.
He urged the leadership to continue nurturing the church so that it would continue to exist.
“We will all continue to nurture this church and hopefully, we would still be here to witness subsequent anniversaries,” he added.
Other goodwill messages came from Rev Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso (General Superintendent of AG), Rev Dr Ernest Birikorang (AG Regional Superintendent for Greater Accra), Rev David De-Graft Donkor (Mataheko District Pastor), Rev Gaylord Aidoo-Dadzie, Immediate Past Senior Pastor of HGRC) and Mr Sammy Awuku, National Organizer of the New Patriotic Party.
Awards were given out to Pioneers and Funding Members (those who are still present in the church and those who are absent but still maintain commitment to the church’s growth), and other committed and long-standing members.