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Kumasi Send Off Team
At the beginning of a new year, individuals and institutions all over the world find themselves peering into the future and setting goals and objectives for themselves. When the leadership team of the Accra Christian Church found themselves doing this as 2009 came to a close, one goal stood out among the rest: to plant three new churches in Ghana in the year 2010, Kumasi (Ashanti Region), Cape Coast (Central Region) and Koforidua (Eastern Region).
The city of Kumasi was chosen as the first milestone, with its inaugural service set for 7th March, 2010. Known as the “garden city” for its leafy green environment, Kumasi is Ghana’s second largest city after Accra. A vision was caught to expand the existing fellowship of disciples in Kumasi into a fully fledged church and, consequently, the call was put out to the entire church for volunteers. The resultant response was faith-building. Accra-based disciples from the Singles, Campus and Married ministries signed up, taking time off from jobs and school and devoting varying amounts of time to the important church planting. Some were able to spare a weekend, others a week and still others, an entire month.
The sign-up sheets continued to fill up, such that, by the time Sunday 28th March rolled around, the list of volunteers was a formidable one. Sunday the 28th was pegged as the send-off service for the volunteers and after an exultant praise and worship session Mr. Jimmy Parry, a member of the church leadership team, preached a rousing sermon on volunteerism. He reminded us of the many ways in which God called us Christians to take initiative and serve him. After wrapping up, all the volunteers that had signed up were called on stage. They received a boisterous round of applause from the gathered congregation. Before letting them go, Mr. Okasa-Ashong, also a member of the leadership team, led the church in committing them, the mission and the inaugural service to God in prayer.
During the weeks leading up to the send-off service, it was acknowledged that, in preparation for the trips the volunteers would be making, money and material supplies would be needed. The church office had been collecting food items, toiletries and other provisions in support of this. As a final gesture of the volunteer spirit, the church was given another chance to support with a sacrifice of their own – one last contribution pledge for the mission team before the service came to a close. As we sang, danced and praised God, it was clear that great things were already being done by God in our midst. More than anything, he simply needed our willing hearts to take our position as his “fellow workers”.