Three years ago, Apostle Benjamin Ohene-Saffo put together a team of four towards the Chief Apostle’s visit. Their task was one: To chaperone the visiting Apostles. He was the legs of Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya in Accra, preparing the grounds leading to the arrival of the entourage . However, the Chief Apostle’s team only lodged in Accra. The main activities happened at Koforidua and Cape Coast. Once the Chief Apostle arrived on 25th January, 2019, the Apostle reverted to a support role.
This time, the narrative has changed. Now a Lead Apostle, he is hosting the Chief Apostle in two working areas under his leadership; Accra and Volta Central. He is in charge and leading the events; others are now running around for him.
Following the preparatory divine service last Sunday, Bishop Eric Ampadu spoke with him about the pending events.
NAC reporter: We have finished today's divine service and I am very sure everyone sees it as a successful divine service. How do you feel after today’s divine service?
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: Yes, I'm happy because it is all in preparation towards the coming of the Chief Apostle, and so at least the lapses in our preparation we have seen them today. I can say that we are about 80% prepared for the coming of the Chief Apostle and that makes me happy.
NAC reporter: Behind the altar, you may see some lapses but before then, how could tell if there were some some lapses?
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: I have been part of the preparations from day one and so I know exactly what we are supposed to do, when and how we are supposed to do it. So behind the altar, I oversee what is going on and I know if the lapses are there or not. And that is why I say that I saw the lapses myself.
NAC reporter: Do you feel a lot of pressure organizing two divine services for the Chief Apostle's second visit to Ghana?
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: Yes, it is natural. Everyone would feel pressured when you are receiving the Chief Apostle in your midst and it doesn't matter if you have received him 10 times already. Every visit has a different program that presents itself but all in all, the Lord is with us and we shall definitely get to that particular desired goal.
NAC reporter: We thank God. How has the preparations gone so far?
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: We have done what we intended to do concerning the choir and the organizational structure in the house. We are now left with a few things outside these areas and that is where the problem is, but I believe that we can be able to sort everything out before the day of the service.
NAC reporter: The Lord being gracious will let everything go through. Any special reason for sending the Chief Apostle to Ho?
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: The Chief Apostle will be spending about 3 or 4 days with us and normally you would have to prepare one divine service and a choral concert or two Divine services. He is coming to Accra, obviously, so we needed a second place we could host a divine service. It's been about 20 years since a Chief Apostle set foot in the Volta Region and so this time I decided that let us grant him that, to bless the people in that region. That is why we are sending him to the Volta Region this time and the brethren are so excited.
NAC reporter: How many people are you expecting to attend the Divine service in the Volta Region?
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: I am expecting between 3,000 to 3,500 people in Ho. In Accra, I am estimating about 2,000 people to attend the service or a little less than that. We are not in normal times and so we need to control the number of people who are attending the service.We also have to be mindful fo the venues being used.
NAC reporter: Are there any plans for people who may be seated outside of the main auditorium?
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: Yes. The auditorium in Ho is setup in such a way that those who will be sitting outside can see through the windows and be a part of happenings. We will install PA systems outside the main auditorium so they can also hear the Chief Apostle audibly. For Accra, we are setting up screens with speakers outside the auditorium for those who will be sitting outside. They would also have a feel of what is going on inside.
NAC reporter: That's good preparation. The Chief Apostle is very particular about the Sunday School. Is there any role planned for the Sunday School on his visit, taking into consideration what was done at Tema?
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: Yes, sometimes we do not want to overdo things, we have to be a bit cautious. The Chief Apostle will be met by some Sunday school children and there will be a little display and a song will be sung for him and that is all that we want to do at this time. We have planned that on arrival, he would go round to greet the people who are seated outside. That also includes the acts by the children, and all these things will take a bit of time. If we make the children's display lengthy it will eat into the schedule and may affect the divine service. We have only two hours to televise the service and for that reason, we have to work within the stipulated time.
NAC reporter: Thank you Lead Apostle, and I wish you blessed preparations and succcesful outcomes.
Lead Apostle Ohene-Saffo: Thank you my dear Bishop. Please continue to support and keep us in your prayers.
Accra and Volta-Central have a lot to give on 26th and 27th March. This might be Chief Apostle Jean-Luc Schneider’s last visit to Ghana. It is our hope we give him a defining impression of his last time here in Ghana.