When I was in Ghana, I visited the village of Ohawu with my friend Pastor Emmanuel Fiagbedzi. This village was about 6 miles from the village of Afife where Pastor Emmanuel pastors his church. Several people travel from Ohawu to Afife to attend church because there is no church in their village. They travel the 6 miles by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle. While in Ohawu, Emmanuel and I discussed the possibility of planting a church in this village. We got so excited and we began to plan. When I returned to Arizona, I discussed this opportunity with a close friend of mine who immediately funded the construction of the modest structure and the first-years salary of the pastor of this church plant.
This week, the church was planted and the village of Ohawu has a place to worship Jesus Christ the Savior of the world. Hallelujah! Many came to Christ this week in Ohawu as they held a three-day crusade. Additionally, one of the village chiefs received physical healing from the Lord. God is showing Himself powerful to the people of Ohawu. Pray for this new church. Pray for this village. Pray for this new pastor, David, who has been sent by Pastor Emmanuel to pastor this church plant.
These pictures are from the crusade and the new church structure (before the thatch walls). I have also included this message from Pastor Emmanuel. God's kingdom is swiftly advancing.
“Pastor Eric,New souls for the Kingdom of God! Glory be to His Name! We saw many touched by the power of the Holy Spirit during our second night of services. The crowds grow with each passing night and the hunger for God builds in the hearts. God moved among the old and young. Tonight we look forward to another great harvest. We saw the demons flee at the mighty Name of Jesus. Praise the Lord! God bless you. The feature presentation of the night was "The Passion" and it stirred hearts to come to Jesus! We even pulled up benches to allow them to sit and be ministered to. A great harvest has been gathered over the last three nights. Tomorrow morning we will meet at the newly erected chapel structure. We have assembled canopies to contain the overflow for tomorrow's service. God is moving in Ohawu. Praise His Marvelous Name! God bless” - Pastor Emmanuel, Feb. 7, 2009