1 Corinthians 4:15-16 ( NLT) - "For even if you had ten thousand others to teach you about Christ, you have only one spiritual father. For I became your father in Christ Jesus when I preached the Good News to you. So I urge you to imitate me."
As a young man I had my personal ambitions in this life. Like many young people, I wanted to achieve big things in the secular world. Yes, I loved God, but I had carved out a niche for myself, as to what I wanted to achieve in life. I never knew God had ever called me to be in ministry to serve HIM or to fulfill my ministry until I met Bishop Dag Heward-Mills.
His passion for the Lord and his constant encouragement and admonition through his preaching messages helped me greatly to know and understand my purpose of existence. I wouldn’t have been in ministry, nor become a Bishop if not for this General God used to recruit me into this honorable profession.
My desires to attempt great things for God were stirred up through my spiritual father who sent me as a young man of 29years to head the missions in Islamic dominated Gambia. I left with nothing, no wife or fiancé (Beloved), not much experience in ministry and not knowing what the future had for me and this is the story of many in the days of the voyages where missionaries from Switzerland etc came to settle on the African coastline.
And today, men will still feel butterflies in their stomachs when they have to leave kindred and country to travel to countries they never knew. If Jesus doesn't return soon, another missionary will have to brave it into a foreign country to preach the Gospel like I did
I ventured only full of zeal and faith in God and encouraged by the confidence reposed in me by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills, I headed to The Gambia and it was my greatest opportunity to serve the God I claimed to love and truly like all missionaries, I was not spared of sacrifices, ranging from family, financial, marital, comfort etc, as we knew it.
Our father made it clear to us, because he had walked that path. He gave us hope and prayed with us, and made it easy for us, he visited me on the mission field in The Gambia and we had the opportunity to have him preach at our mission church and he blessed us. Wow! What a privilege. This gave us more hope and a lot of confidence from our members, when they saw him and realized we were not abandoned but had a father in ministry.
After more than eight years of being on the mission field as a Mission Head, I was transferred back to Ghana to assist one of our Senior Bishops. This time I returned not as a single man. But like Jacob with a company of a wife, 3 children, a blessed and fulfilled life, with much experience and the tenacity to survive anywhere. I also left behind a vibrant church.
Transfers have never been served as punitive measures. I was transferred so that I could experience Advancement, Promotion and More Protection. After a short while of being transferred to assist this senior Bishop I was consecrated as a Bishop myself. I am currently serving happily as an assistant Bishop and my life has truly been advanced. I have had the privilege of traveling outside the country and also preached to bigger congregations which under normal circumstances wouldn't have invited me as an individual.
Bishop Dag, The General of our time knows how to position his troops in order to function effectively in the 92 countries we serve and that is what I see him do all the time. He has no fears in transfers because I believe he knows it’s for the advancement of God's work and for the benefit of the soldiers ( Pastors) themselves. Transfers are never to punish pastors.
I am very happy and content today because I have found my life’s purpose. I am free of fear and ready to serve anywhere in the world if I am transferred again and this is the crux of the matter, my life is fully dedicated to SERVE MY JESUS. That's all.
Bishop Dag deserves a Thank you again, because through him I am definite now that this scripture is being fulfilled in my life. Colossians 3:1-4 - "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
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