What could hinder us from fellowshipping with our Lord Jesus? Not even the devastated church building nor the heavy rains could stop members of Mbaaniaye and Abakrampa communities, when Apostle Darko celebrated a divine service with these congregations on 17th and 18th October 2020 respectively. The 2 farming communities are both situated in the Central region of Ghana and part of the Dunkwa Apostle Area. Altogether, over 300 members including children and the aged attended the divine services.
The text word for the service was Luke 10: 42. “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her”.
“My dear brothers and sisters, it is heartwarming to be able to experience this service with you today, knowing well that you have lost your church building through torrential rains. Yet, you have travelled long distances to have fellowship under canopies. Never lose hope! I am confident that the future of the church is strong because members do not only love Christ within the church walls but also in their hearts and in deeds” began the Apostle.
“But one thing is needed”, he continued, “It is the fellowship that we have with our Lord Jesus. Our Bible text tells the story about the happenings when Jesus visited the 2 sisters; Mary and Martha. Mary chose to listen to Jesus, while Martha worried herself in the kitchen.” He continued: “What is your kitchen? Your kitchen could be the things you dedicate all your time and attention to; your farm, spouse, job or even your interests. If you allow these things to burden and hinder you from participating in divine services then you have not been like Mary.”
He further the members: “Let us all endeavour to continue to focus on the word of God through our relentless fellowship with Jesus. This, we can do by constantly availing ourselves for divine service and doing good to others.”
The text word for the service was Exodus 15:2. “The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him”.
“My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, let us give thanks to God for He is good and His mercies endureth forever.” The Apostle further praised the congregation: “I am happy that the rains did not deter your presence at Abakrampa today; a clear indication that our love for God is unconditional.”
God’s chosen people, Israelites, sang this song after they crossed the Red Sea, praising God and thanking Him; God promised that He would lead them to the Promised Land. “We are beneficiaries of this divine selection as well” added the Apostle, “God is now leading us to our heavenly home through His Apostles.”
“Brothers and sisters, we gather regularly, through divine services to express our gratitude to God. We, also through our offerings and other good works to support church and people, offer our praise to God; we must all continue in these in preparation for our salvation” said the Apostle.
The services were supported by two District Elders, Isaiah Apprey and Bismark Nyarko; and 2 District Evangelists, Lewis Sarpong and Clement Essam.