By Alexander Nyarko
Tema July 15, GNA — Manna Mission Incorporated has launched her thirtieth anniversary celebrations with a call on Ghanaians to seek divine counsel in their resolve to overcome the many challenges confronting the nation.
The anniversary celebrations which is on the theme, “Ebenezer and Beyond,” celebrates “how far God has brought Manna Mission, a seed that was sown in Teshie many years ago” in becoming a medium through which many lives have been touched with the word of God and medical services.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the programme, the President of Manna Mission Incorporated, Reverend Dr. Seth Ablorh, indicated that, “Every government is established by God, and there is a condition that we meditate on the word of God daily and then our ways would prosper.”
Rev. Dr. Ablorh observed that Ghana was striving to create prosperity for her people, but the nation lacked people with the requisite divine knowledge to deal with the Ghanaian circumstance.
“This is beyond party politics; the government should visit the churches and find who has the wisdom of God to help address our situation,” he stressed.
He alluded to the choosing of the Biblical Joseph whom Pharaoh described as a person “in whom the spirit of God dwells,” and informed that it was such persons who could guide the nation to turn difficult situations around.
Dr. Ablorh said God led Israel from Egyptian captivity through the word of a prophet, observing that since Ghana had not seen her way through economically, we had to listen to “the true word of God and true men of God; may we not listen to false prophets, they would derail us.”
May Ghana be led to discover the wealth of the nation, may greediness stop from the highest to the lowest levels, may people sacrifice; it’s a new day, we have destiny to pronounce to our children and grandchildren, so we expect that God lead our dear nation, Rev. Dr. Ablorh said.
In a key note address, the Superintendent Bishop of the Jesus Generation Ministries, Rt. Rev. Dr. Nana Anyani-Boadum, recounted the success story of Manna Mission by observing how the church had transformed from being a one-man-fellowship into a full fledge religions organization, fully integrated into the Ghanaian Christian community and an example to other independent churches in Ghana.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Anyani-Boadum, who is also a member of the National Executive Council of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC), advised the leadership of the Prophetic and Pentecostal churches to learn from Manna Mission.
“Identify with any of the ecumenical councils in the country, or per their faith, come together to form an association of like-minded people, and then you will benefit from peer review mechanism which exist in the Christian Councils,” he said.
Rt. Rev. Dr. Anyani-Boadum hinted that the worry people had about the church was not misplaced, “but I believe there are enough laws in this country to take care of all the mistakes pastors may commit in their practice, because any attempt to go beyond the laws and introduce new legislations may infringe on our civil liberties.”
And so in as much as the activities of religious leaders should be subjected to the laws of the land, matters of doctrine in the religious circles must not be legislated, but rather the apostolic fathers should find a way to bring the church in line with the vision of God, Rev. Dr. Anyani-Boadum stressed.
Manna Mission was established on the 4th of July 1988 by Rev. Dr. Seth Ablorh with the ground breaking ceremony done by the late Chancellor Oral Roberts from the USA.
Today, Manna Mission Incorporated is made up of Manna Mission Church with many branches, Manna Hospital which has and continue to serve the people of Teshie Nungua and Ghana, Manna Nursing College, Manna Mission Academy, a school devoted to raising the future generations in the fear of God, and Manna Bible Institute that has trained over 650 ministers of God and continue to be a leading voice in the raising of true leaders of the church, and others.
After the launch the Mission would engage in community services: Manna mission nurses would be lecturing on health in schools, Manna Academy school children would be visiting orphanages, the medical team would be embarking on mission, and the Manna Mission churches would be engaging churches in their communities to teach and to raise leaders.