Accra, April 7, GNA – The General Overseer of the Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry (CEM), Reverend Steve Mensah has said the longevity of life is service to God and service to humanity.
‘Christians need to be taught principles that will enlighten them on the purpose of serving and not what is always taught in church as to how Christians need to chase after their affluence. Serving humanity is a baton needed to be taken to serve the Lord,’ he said.
Rev Steve Mensah made the remarks when he delivered a sermon at the Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Reverend Abraham Ophel Philadelphus De Love I, founder of Nation of God Church in Accra on Saturday.
He said 60 years of humanitarian works in Rev De Love’s ministry had transformed lives and given hope to the needy, barren, sick, hopeless, imprisoned, downcast and the oppressed.
Rev Mensah said human beings were called as servants of God to serve His people and Rev De Love had really exhibited that role through his ministry as a man of God without any regrets.
Rev Abraham Ophel Philadelphus De Love I recounted how the Lord called him in April 1953 through two Nigerian prophets who requested for his help in locating a place in Accra.
He said that, not long afterwards he received a dramatic call into the ministry, which had served as the foundation for his spiritual growth.
‘The Lord gave me a revelation to read Galatians 1:11-12, and with reverence to God, I took my bible and made it my companion and began to study it by the help of the Holy Spirit through fasting’.
Rev De Love I narrated that through the years, he grew in his cottage preaching the word of God, with healing and diverse miracles attesting to God’s hand on him over the past 60 years.
‘This mission has taken me to 83 nations of the world’, he added.
He said in 1972 when he returned from abroad, the Scripture Union (SU) and the Joyful Way Singer Incorporated (JWSI) discovered him and started inviting him to most of their activities and that gave him more exposure to Christian believers.
‘My preaching inspired many men and women to take up evangelism and later entering into ministry as pastors’, he affirmed.
Rev De Love 1 said in December 1973, he pioneered the Christian Jamboree all over the country marching through the principal streets of Accra, adding, I assisted Rev Dr Owusu Afriyie during the launch of his Youth Evangelism Seminary (YES) under YAFCA in 1974.
‘In 1974, I founded the National Union of Christian Youth (NUCY) that prepared the youth for the charismatic explosion to put JWSI on the GTY for the first time.
Rev De Love avowed that in 1982, he promoted renowned gospel duo Tagoe Sisters and launched the first ever Ho crusade on July 27, 1979.
‘I hosted the renowned Nigerian evangelist, the late Arch Bishop Benson Idahosa from 1976 to 1977, raised the Aflames for Christ Singers (AFCS) which is known today as the Aflames for Christ Evangelistic Ministry, La (AFCEM) under the leadership of Rev James Okantey.
He said he had received awards from United States of America-State Missouri, City of Jefferson and the Senate Chamber.
He said he had trained many youth cadets in vocational skills and now by the grace of God, he still conducts crusades and his latest crusades were in ‘Ada Fouh’, Big ‘Ada’ and just recently, he concluded a powerful one at Kpong in November 2012.
‘In this day and time that the world is engulfed in homosexuality, with Christians also given room to hypocrisy, I advise both Christians and Ghanaians to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all other things would be added unto them’.
Fraternal messages were given from colleague pastors and ministers of state, section of the public who were all present to celebrate the outstanding impacts Rev De Love 1 has affected in their ministries, careers, lives and families as a whole.
Gospel duo, Tagoe sister graced the celebration and joined the celebrant, family, friends and the entire congregation of CEM in their thanksgiving to celebrate Rev De Love I 60 years in ministry. GNA