Kwesi Senaya was unable to wear
sneakers a couple of months ago/
By Sam Doku, PhD.
Bishop (Dr.) Kofi Adonteng Boateng digressed from his usual Sunday sermons of citing from multiple sections in the bible to a single book, Acts 14 to inform his sermon on Sunday, June 29. The theme of Sunday’s sermon is the fallibility of us human beings in spite of.
Bishop Adonteng Boateng titled his sermon “Mission Impossible,” to encourage the congregation that no matter the difficulties, trials, and tribulations confronting them in their lives, nothing is impossible before God. “Through prayers, God turns the impossible to possible,” said Bishop Adonteng Boateng.
The Bishop began his sermon with an anecdote of a spouse whose husband presented her with an expensive wrist watch. He analogized the battery that powers the watch to run with the Holy Spirit. The man of God noted that one day the watch stopped working, and the spouse thought it had become defective, and she feared she would have to pay a lot to have it repaired.
However, when she took the watch to the shop, the attendant took it and went in to ascertain what was wrong with it. A couple of minutes later, the attendant returned with the watch in a working condition. When the spouse asked what was wrong with the watch, she was told the battery had run out.
Bishop Adonteng Boateng juxtaposed the Holy Spirit with the battery and enjoined the congregation to be receptive to the Holy Spirit because they need it to become effective functionaries of their obligations as Christians.
Invoking the famous “I Have a Dream” speech Dr. King delivered at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963, Bishop Adonteng Boateng also revealed that he has a dream, a vision of the greatness of the church. He also revealed of his dream to have dinner with the President of the United States, Barack Obama.
“It’s the power of the Holy Spirit that propelled Paul to command the cripple to get up, and he got up and started running,” said Bishop Adonteng Boateng. Exhibiting the same injunction Jesus gave to his disciples to the extent that if they had faith as big as a mustard seed, they would be able to command mountains to move and they will obey, Bishop Adonteng Boateng admitted that it’s his profound faith in Jesus Christ that has culminated in his ability to accurately prophesy and heal the sick.
But Bishop Adonteng Boateng is also conscious of the risk involved in the greatness of doing wonders. “It is risky to be able to do great things because you can die at a young age,” said the Bishop, his facial expression changing from one of seriousness to helplessness.
Here Dr. Adonteng Boateng is alluding to Jesus Christ himself who died at 33. Although Paul is noted to have died between 62 and 68 years, he was relatively young from biblical standards.. In history, Alexander the Great, who conquered half of the globe, also died at 33 while President John F. Kennedy and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to mention just a few, also died at relatively young ages.
Dr. Adonteng Boateng, in his preaching, combines all three forms of sermonizing in the black church: topical, contextual, and textual or meticulous, where the scriptures are interpreted and analyzed based on readings from the holy book.
Among the congregation on Sunday was Mr. Kwesi Senaya, a Virginia-based engineer who was rendered immobile by a strange disease that attacked his left ankle a few months back.
“A few months ago, my ankle became swollen suddenly. The pain was so excruciating that I was unable to walk. For four months, I was wheel-chair ridden, and the doctors could not effectively diagnose what was wrong with my ankle,” said Senaya after church on Sunday.
Among the possibilities in Senaya’s mind was the fact that 16-years ago, he jumped from a four-storey building to escape a raging fire in his apartment building complex. “When the doctors could not diagnose what was wrong with my ankle, I thought that jump was returning to haunt me,” said Senaya.
In the midst of his conundrum, Senaya was brought to Divine Word about a month ago where Bishop Adonteng Boateng spotted him among the congregation and asked that Senaya be brought to the middle for special prayers.
In the course of the prayers, Bishop Adonteng Boateng revealed to Senaya that somebody close to him was responsible for the swollen and painful ankle because he had hurt that person’s feelings.
The prayers were then intensified for the swelling and the pain in the ankle to minimize. “After the prayers, after sometime, I noticed that the pain became less excruciating and the swelling got smaller,” said Senaya. “Later when I went to the hospital, when they performed the test again, they told me it could be gout because they found uric acid in my urine.”
The reality, however, is that although gouts are painful, they usually attack the toe, and they hardly endure for more than a week. Senaya’s swelling and pain lasted for more than four months.
Today, Senaya has cast aside the wheel chair, and the swell that extended to his metatarsus is now almost invisible, thanks to the prayers of Bishop Adonteng Boateng and his pastors at Divine Word.
“Bishop Adonteng Boateng is a marvelous preacher; he is an excellent, anointed man of God” says Senaya. “Unlike many of the Ghanaian preachers, his calling to the ministry occurred here in America, so he is genuine. I thank him, the pastors, and the congregation at Divine Word from the bottom of my heart.”
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