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16.10.2008 Regional News

Tema Central A/G marks 40th Anniversary

By Richard Attenkah, Tema - Ghanaian Chronicle

Pastors and members of the Tema Central Assemblies of God Church, at Community Four (4), last Sunday celebrated their 40th Anniversary amidst dancing and jubilations, to render their thanksgiving to God, for how far He had brought them.

The 40th Anniversary was under the theme; “Celebrating His faithfulness.”

Members, who laid down their lives for the development of the church, and those who suffered for the growth of the church, were honoured by the leadership, while others were awarded for their contributions towards the growth of the church.

The church, which started as a small fellowship in August 1963 on the initiative of the foundation member of the church, Rev. Robert Cobb, now has a congregation of over 3,000. Addressing the congregation, the Senior Pastor of the church, Rev. David Nabegmado, declared that having gone through all the ups and downs as a church, “We can declare with Isaac in Genesis 26:12, that this is our place of Rehoboth – where the Lord has made room for us, we have been extremely fruitful in the Lord.

“We hope to use this period to renew our commitment to expanding God's kingdom through evangelism, spreading the Pentecostal Fire through revival endeavours, and redirecting our efforts at continuing to raise quality leaders for the body of Christ,” he stated.

Counting the achievements of the church over the years, Rev. Nagbemedo noted that the church had raised close to 40 pastors, established about 23 churches, put up an ultra-modern chapel which seats about 4,000 people, and a youth hall or children chapel with a capacity of about 1,000 people.

He also disclosed that the church had also constructed an office complex, pastoral flat or parsonage, provided social services, established a special ministry for the aged, and acquired 40 acres of land at Ningo for the construction of a secondary school.

The General Superintendent of the Church, Rev. W. W. Dontoh, was full of praise for the Senior Pastor of the church, Rev. David Nabegmado, under whose able leadership the Church had witnessed such remarkable growth, and made significant achievements.

The Greater Accra Regional Superintendent of the Church, Rev. George Annan, called on the youth of the Church to note that it was now their turn to work very hard, to improve upon “What we are now enjoying, so that at the Church's Golden Jubilee, we can gather again to celebrate the goodness of God.”

In a speech read on her behalf, Her Ladyship Mrs. Justice Georgina Wood, Chief Justice of the Republic, noted that our Ghanaian society was fast changing so much so that “Godliness is constantly under attack through subtle and not so subtle means.”

According to her, there was therefore the need for Christians to affect the entire nation with “The tenets, values and principles of Christianity, such that we teach the whole nation to obey everything Jesus commanded.”

She disclosed that if the Church could make disciples of the nation, and teach them to obey the teachings of Christ, then Christians must position themselves to influence, educate and lead by example, not only in market places, but also wherever they find ourselves.