Philantropists Build Manse For Abetifi Apostolic Church
Stories from Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
Yesu Anaa Assembly, The Abetifi branch of the Apostolic Church of Ghana has benefited from the benevolence of the Yeboah family of Yesu Anaa, a town in Abetifi, in the Kwahu East District, of the Eastern Region.
The Yebaoh Family, who are business people on Saturday December 22, 2012, handed over the keys to an over 200-capacity church auditorium and a 3-bedroom self-contained house to the branch church, popularly known as Yesu Anaa Assembly.
The two facilities, which cost the family over one billion old cedis, were completed within six months.
Handing over the keys to a newly-constructed mission house for the Yesu Anaa Assembly, at a short but impressive ceremony on Christmas eve, Mr. William Atta Yeboah, the Abusuapanyin said the gift to the church was the family’s way of giving back to God for His benevolence and support for the Yeboah Family.
According to Atta Yeboah, “carnal knowledge cannot explain the blessing of God upon our lives,” adding “We sometimes try to find understanding to our blessing but to no avail.”
To him, if God has blessed them it was, therefore, not out of context if they constructed the two facilities for the church to promote the work of the person who had blessed them.
Mr. Atta Yeboah said the cry of despair by the leadership and general membership of Yesu Anaa Assembly, when their old auditorium was flooded after a short rain, because of its poor state, was among the factors that touched the heart of the family and prompted its billion-cedi donation to the church.
The ceremony was heavily attended by people from all walks of life, including traditional rulers, clergymen and politicians. Prior to the unveiling of the building, an hour-long praise and worship was held for the family to seek God’s protection and guidance upon their lives.
Giving a brief history of the mission house, the presiding elder of the church (Yesu Anaa Assembly), Elder Charles Lokko said since the creation of the Abetifi Assembly in 1990 by Pastor J.N.Tetteh, now Apostle and other ministers, the church had faced uncountable challenges.
According to Elder Lokko, infrastructure was the major challenge for the leadership of the church until God at His own time presented to the church the Yeboah family.
“The family of Yeboah has brought answers to the infrastructure challenges that have created ‘hell’ for the leadership since joining the church. The family led by William Atta Yeboah has demonstrated a selfless attitude and sense of belongingness to the development of the church through the construction of an over 200 capacity church auditorium,” Elder Lokko emphasized.
The construction of the church auditorium came as relief for leadership and the congregation of the church after fruitless efforts by members to put up a befitting structure.
The leadership of the church, in appreciation what the family of Yeboah had done, deemed it necessary to name the church after the family’s company name, Yesu Anaa Woye Good Enterprise.
The construction of the church auditorium by the Yeboah family of Yesu Anaa was to say this is just the tip of the iceberg as they continue to bless the church through another construction of a mission house.
The three-bed room self-contained facility is to house any man of God who would be posted to the place in order to effectively embark on the work of God.
Delivering the sermon under the theme “The Faithfulness of God”, the vice president of The Apostolic Church, Ghana, Apostle P.O. Mankralo, called on Ghanaians who are blessed and relatively in good financial position to support the work of God.
The Apostle who ran short of descriptive words and expressions for the contributions of the Yesu Anaa Yeboah Family, further implored Ghanaians to emulate the shining examples of the family.
According to him, many people channel their wealth into relatively unnecessary things but thanks to God the Yesu Anaa Yeboah Family has decided to put their wealth into the work of God.
Meanwhile, the family has indicated its readiness to construct a six-unit classroom block for the church in the near future.
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