On Saturday, March 14, 2020, Lead Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo embarked on his first visit to the northern part of the Volta-North Apostle Area. He conducted a divine service at our congregation in the Oti Regional capital, Dambai. Over 700 brothers and sisters, some of whom had to ferry across the Oti River, participated in the service.
The Lead Apostle read a text from 1 Corinthians 2:12, ‘Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God’.
“I have a strong feeling of belonging born out of love. We have come in love. Wherever we meet the children of God; our brothers and sisters, we know we are at home. We could already feel the love radiate in us while the Sunday school welcomed us! With love we shall enter the kingdom of God, and already here, we seek to practice it”, stated the Lead Apostle in opening the service.
The Lead Apostle, in expounding the text, stated that, “Man consists of three components namely body, soul and spirit. The soul is the habitat of the spirit”. He further explained that, two spirits exist – the spirit of the world and the Spirit from God. According to the Lead Apostle, we received the Spirit from above through the act of Holy Sealing.
The Lead Apostle stated that the Spirit from above:
* Speaks of the kingdom of God;
* Teaches the truth;
* Leads into the truth;
* Helps us develop into the nature and stature of Jesus Christ;
* Teaches us to forgive and love our neighbor;
He further admonished members to be weary of the influence of the spirit of the world which seeks to suppress the Spirit from God. “Let each one of us allow the spirit we have received to take root and develop in us, that we may grow in and conform to God’s nature and word, thereby enter into His kingdom.”
The Lead Apostle was assisted by Apostle Timothy Akubia, District Rectors Peter Akai (Krachi/Bimbilla), Eric Arhin (Accra West) and Samuel Agyemang as well as Deputy District Rectors Jacob Tiburum, and Matthew Oyintey.
A visit to the ferry
On the sidelines of his soul care visit, the Lead Apostle and his entourage paid a visit to the lakeside and interacted with the crew on ferry. It was a joyful moment of the entourage to learn at first hand, how the ferry operates. The ferry is one of the important means of travel across the Oti region for many New Apostolics.