Greetings to you all and best wishes on this glorious occasion. The Lord has been very gracious to this fold, and there is every cause to offer Him praise and thanksgiving. As we celebrate the faithfulness of God in this season, I would want to admonish each and every one of us to take a look at how the goodness of God has been showered on our lives, homes, businesses and careers, families, children, and our entire lives. Indeed, there is a cause to rejoice.
We commemorate this 40th Anniversary with deep gratitude to God for continual growth and expansion on all sides, increase in financial blessings of members, increase in educational and career opportunities for members which have increased our sphere of influence in our nation and the world at large. This is an increased reached through the internet and various social media platforms, leading to a passion for prayer, missions, evangelism, and church planting. It has been kept ablaze and has produced fruits of several churches, yearly scheduled revival programs, and a solid leadership structure that continues to drive our vision into manifestation.
Reminiscing through the years, we cannot take for granted the goodness and faithfulness of God. The church which started from a humble beginning with few members and no permanent place of worship can now boast of over one thousand and five hundred (1,500) congregation housed in this massive infrastructure.
As a pastor, the 40th Anniversary coincides with my twentieth year of being the Senior Pastor of Redemption Assemblies of God. Taking over a church that had gone through the crisis of infrastructural collapse resulting in the death of one person needed more of the grace of God. We have over the years faced challenges which include, finances, infrastructure development, and deaths of committed members. I have stood on the counsel of Fathers in Ministry like Prof. Paul Dapaah, Prof. Paul Frimpong Manso, Rev. Charles Appiah, Rev. Dr. Duncan Nuako, and others to survive.
I would like to take this opportunity to express my profound appreciation to the Church Board, and the leadership of the church, who has been a strong pillar behind me, in all the years I have served as the Senior Pastor of the Redemption Assemblies of God Church. I am grateful for the wise counsel, support, and the diverse ways in which you serve to keep the church running. I cannot thank you enough, but the good Lord who rewards every act of service in His Kingdom surely has a better record of it all. I would also want to appreciate the departmental leaders for the work they do to keep the entire church intact. Also, I am grateful to the entire church membership for their support, prayers, and cooperation with which we have worked together to bring the church this far. I cannot end without thanking my wife, Mrs. Afia Serwah Agyeman Gyebi, family, and close friends who have been the pillar of peace on which my ministry has been propelled to this height.
We are at a very crucial point in our growth as a church and if there be any time that members need to rally behind the vision with every effort they can find, it is now. We find ourselves trying to complete the building project and the support of everyone is needed more than ever before. Let us come together with the financial resources to speed up the project.
Our nation Ghana is almost facing a religious crisis, and in this same year, when we crown the decade of the Holy Spirit, I would encourage all of us to stand strong and fight the good fight of faith, not neglecting the role of the Holy Spirit in living out the very truth of God's word whilst we fight the deception that has bedeviled the church of our day. We have a charge to keep; which is to reach out into the world and rescue the perishing, to send the message of redemption to places far and near, and to raise unto God a more vibrant generation of sold-out Christians through our children, as the older generation gradually fades away.
I end here by extending my greatest appreciation to the Almighty God for His help and for counting me to serve in this capacity. I would also want to thank the General Superintendent and the Executive Presbytery, Fathers in Ministry, and Colleague Ministers, for their support.
Happy 40th Anniversary, Redemption Assemblies of God Church. The best is yet to come.
Redemption! We are progressing ...
Redemption! Ɛrekoso wo Yesu din mu ...
May God bless us all.
Rev. Dr. Patrick Agyeman Gyebi