Diasporian News of Thursday, 31 July 2014
Source: Joe Bafour
The Wesley Methodist Church, Edmonton Society in the Toronto Circuit which started in 2011 was officially inaugurated on July 27th 2014 by the Superintendent Minister, Very Rev. Dr. Emmanuel K. Asare-Kusi and assisted by Very Rev. Dr. Samuel Omane Agyapong (Minister in-charge), Nana Baffour Amoateng (Caretaker of Calvary Redeeming Methodist Church, Rockville MD and Immediate Past Lay Movement Chairman of the North America Mission), who represented Rt. Rev. Benjamin K. Asare, the Supervising Mission Coordinator, and Rev. Emmanuel Ohene-Gyimah. Other ministers attended the inauguration were, Rev. Dr. Kofi Debra, Royal Revival Church Calgary; Rev. YoonOk Shin, Minister of Kirk United Church, Edmonton and Rev. & Mrs. Mozaly a Methodist Minister from Congo D.R.
The sermon on the Inauguration “Ambassadors for Christ” was delivered by the officiating Minister the Superintendent Minister of the Toronto Circuit Very Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Asare-Kusi. The Rev. Dr. Asare-Kusi explained that an “Ambassador” represents the country that sent him/her as its representative. The ambassador does business and tries to advocate on behalf of his/her country in the host country. The country therefore expects its representative, the ambassador, to portray good conduct in speech, behavior, attitude and way of life. If as Christians and members of the new inaugurated Society we are Ambassadors for Christ, we should have the mind of Christ and live as Christ would have lived and show love, compassion, patience the way Christ would do if He lived among us today. If we do that we would then be GOOD Ambassadors and our lives will witness to those who are not Christians and we will be able to win some of them in the Kingdom of Christ, whose Ambassadors we are.
The following people currently constitute the Leaders Meeting of the church; Very Rev. Dr. Samuel O. Agyapong (Minister in charge) – Chairman, Bro. Ebenezer Acheampong - Society Steward, Bro. Joseph Amoah – Society Steward, Sis. Sylvia Atta-Mensah - Leaders Meeting Secretary, Bro. P. Atta Mensah - Chapel Steward Bro Kwadwo Asamoah- Evangelism Committee, Bro. Benjamin Nartey- Class Leader, Sis. Grace Nartey- Secretary, Finance Committee & Caretaker, Girl’s Fellowship, Sis. Stephanie Agyapong- Sunday School Superintendent, Sis Agnes Osei-Hwedie – Class Leader, Sis. Emelia Coffie- Member and Bro. Paul Mensah- Member.
The congregation were full of praise to the Almighty God for the inauguration, Brother Charles Nyarko stated that “I am happy to see Methodist Church Ghana North America Mission working tremendously planting churches in this part of the world”
The Bethel Methodist Church, Calgary Society, also under the pastoral care of the Very Rev. Dr. S. O. Agyapong, Bro. Joseph Blansah (Caretaker) and Dr. David Boadi (Society Steward) is also due to be inaugurated on Sunday August 3rd 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With the inauguration of the Bethel Society, the number of societies under Toronto Circuit would have grown to 6.
Currently, plans are far advanced to establish societies of the Methodist Church Ghana in Vancouver, Hamilton, London- Ontario and Windsor. “TO GOD BE THE GLORY”.