On any other day, as the Kumasi Central choir sang “There is a better nation ahead for us”, Sister Mavis would have been the one conducting. A woman of many parts and action, but this time, she sat quietly in solemn reflection of the words of the song as Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya conducted a funeral service for her departed husband, Brother Ebenezer Teku Amankwaa, at Jinijini. This came off on 2nd April, 2022.
The sad news of his passing, following a short illness, was reported on 10th February, 2022. The Lead Apostle conducted the service based on Psalm 34: 17-18, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit”
The Lead Apostle began the service by consoling the widow – an ardent true worker in the Lord’s vineyard – and the bereaved family, encouraging them to always look up to the Lord for His support. The Northern Ghana leader shared a message of encouragement and hope with the gathering present.
The Lord hears the cry of the righteous
Lead Apostle Oppong-Brenya explained that the righteous are those who hear the word of God and desire to do the will of God to grow into the nature of Jesus Christ. “Righteousness is not demonstrated by our beautiful apparels or looks but by our works and faith in Christ”. He admonished the widow not to question God about the demise of her husband at this relatively younger age, but rather cry to the Lord to receive the soul of her husband. “Cry unto the Lord to help strengthen your faith and that of your children till the end”.
The Lord cares
The Lead Apostle explained that the Lord permits whatever He desires and He will always be there for us and show compassion as the Lord Jesus did for a widow. “The Lord will provide for you, you shall not be alone. Let us always be submissive and be receptive to the word of God”
The late Brother Ebenezer Teku Amankwaa, was baptized in 1983 at Akim Oda and was sealed by Apostle Schilling. He was faithful and a committed New Apostolic who supported his wife, Sister Mavis, in her roles as a choir mistress, Sunday School teacher and conductor of the Kumasi Central orchestra. Brother Ebenezer and Sister Mavis were married for close to two decades and were parents to three boys and a girl. He passed on at the age of 52.
In attendance were Apostles Osei-Du and Okyere, Bishop Kesse as well as Kumasi District leaders and other ministers.