I am happy to extend to the leadership team and the entire membership of the Redemption Assemblies of God, Suame-Kumasi, the felicitations of the General Council and the Executive Presbytery of the Assemblies of God, Ghana, on this historic occasion of the fortieth (40th) anniversary celebration of the church.
Like the proverbial mustard seed, the Redemption Assemblies of God had a humble beginning with the coming together of about twelve (12) members of the Central Assemblies of God Church (Lighthouse), then resident at Suame, who started evening prayer meetings at the Suame Methodist Primary School under the leadership of Brother Raphael Oppong. By the grace of God, the new church started its first Sunday morning worship service on March 16, 1980, under a five-member church committee put together by Rev. Nicholas Opuni. The said committee was made up of Rev. (Rtd) Raphael Oppong — Chairman, Brother Alex Opoku — Secretary, Bro. Robert Osei, Bro. Daniel Asare, both of blessed memory, and Mrs. Agnes Osei.
Over the years, the church has gone through transitions in different shapes and forms including painful tragedies in 1980 and 1999, but in spite of the many daunting challenges usually associated with raising new churches, you have stood together as a united body of Christ to sustain the momentum of growth to your current membership of one thousand, and five hundred (1,500), made up of one thousand and forty-seven (1047) adults, and the remaining four hundred and fifty-three (453) representing the youth and children. The Redemption Assemblies of God has, and will always, as the name suggests, be a center of redemption and a beacon of light to those in the “dark”, particularly those within the catchment areas of Suame and Magazine, to come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I take this opportunity to pay a glowing tribute to Rev. Nicholas Opuni and the then church board of the Kumasi Central church by whose initiative this church was established. I also congratulate the pioneer Ministers Rev.(Rtd) Raphael Oppong, and Rev. Alex Darko, as well as the current pastor-in-charge, Rev. Patrick Agyeman Gyebi and his wife Mrs. Afua Serwah Agyeman Gyebi the church board, other members of the leadership team, and the entire congregation for your hard work, resilience, and sacrifices in diverse forms to propel the speedy growth of the church. From the classroom of the Suame Methodist Primary school, you transitioned into a temporary structure on your new plot of land acquired in 1987, then to a make-shift trusses structure provided by Rev. & Mrs. Vesper after the 1999 tragedy, and now to the glory of God, you are in your own magnificent church building put up through the generous contributions of members. We give all the praise and glory to the Almighty God for bringing the church this far through the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is on record that this church has planted seven (7) other local churches namely:
The church has also raised nine (9) Ministers, including two (2) student Pastors, currently serving faithfully in various local churches. These include:
Your passion for missions has moved the church into many other significant projects including the purchase of five (5) buses to facilitate easy movement of people for God's work, the acquisition of a two-acre plot of land at Suame- Magazine area earmarked for future developments, construction of modern lavatory facilities on the church premises, a Youth Ministry block, and the establishment of the Redemption International School to provide formal education to children in the area. The school now has a population of about three hundred and fifty (350) pupils and runs classes for Nursery, Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior High school. Your contribution to the propagation of the gospel over the past forty (40) years is noteworthy and highly commendable.
I, therefore, join the many well-wishers and especially pastors and church members of the Assemblies of God fraternity in Ghana to congratulate you for this enviable achievement of four decades of faithfulness and dedication to the cause of the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ. I urge you not to rest on your oars, but to launch out more vigorously into missions, church planting, and discipleship.
God richly bless you.
Rev. Prof. Paul Frimpong-Manso