The musical starlets of Divine Word International Ministries in a rendition of Donnie McClurkin’s “Satisfy My Soul,” and Bishop (Dr.) Kofi Adonteng Boateng enjoins the congregation perpetually to do the right thing because our God is a just God who judges.
By Sam Doku, Ph.D.
The founder and head pastor of Divine Word International Ministries, Bishop (Dr.) Kofi Adonteng Boateng has extoled Africans to shun witchcraft because it is retarding the progress of the continent.
The subject of witchcraft is one that many Africans take seriously because they know its fatal impact on many lives in Africa, so when Bishop Adonteng Boateng narrated a story of confession by an African witch that bewitched her own grandson by infesting him with epilepsy and asked the church to join him in prayers to enervate the power of witches, the congregation joined in with accustomed vigor.
Having been educated in the United States, Bishop Adonteng Boateng is familiar with the ruthless manner in which 17th century witches were burnt at the stake in Europe and America. However, since witches deal with their victims spiritually, Bishop Adonteng Boateng fervently believes that witchcraft can be exorcized with prayers and through the fire of the Holy Spirit.
“Witches have a jealous and envious spirit; they don’t like anybody to progress, so when they see family members they particularly don’t like progressing, then they do everything spiritually possible to destroy them,” said Bishop Adonteng Boateng.
Here the Bishop sounds like 19th century English explorer of Africa, Harry Johnston who once described Africa as “the chief stronghold of the Devil—the reactionary force of Nature, hostile to the up rise of Humanity.”
Dr. Adonteng Boateng surmised that the envious and jealous spirit has infested many blacks, especially Africans, as a result of which they behave like crabs and all they do is to work assiduously to pull down anybody they see doing better in life than they are, least aware of the sacrifices those individuals made before achieving their success.
Bishop Adonteng Boateng’s sermon on Sunday was informed by Cain and Abel’s story in Genesis 4. He titled his sermon “You Versus Me” and castigated Cain for killing his younger brother out of envy and jealousy.
He noted that while Abel gave his offering to God willingly from the depth of his heart, Cain gave his in a half-hearted and haphazard manner, so God rejected his offering but accepted Abel’s. Because Cain’s offering was rejected, he became envious of his younger brother and murdered him, thinking nobody would know about his dastard deed.
However, the Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Ubiquitous God, who sees and knows everything, saw Cain. When God confronted him, Cain’s guilty conscience made him respond to God’s question about the whereabout of his brother with a banter, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
“God judges and He is a firm judge, so endeavor to do the right thing,” Bishop Adonteng Boateng admonished the congregation. “God rewards sacrifices; be fair to others. What God has promised and given, no one can take from you.”
He assured the congregation that with God, no weapon fashioned against them will prosper and that they should be steadfast in their faith, and God would expose their enemies.
Before the Bishop took the floor to deliver his sermon, the music this past Sunday was special as a number of individuals went to the floor to perform, as Pastor Collins Boateng energized the congregation with soul-awakening songs that simultaneously calmed and invigorated everyone present.
There were also solo performances from a number of individuals, including Maa Julie popularly known as Lady Powerhouse and leader of the Divine Angels Choir, Attorney Kamah Thoronkah. Equally impressive was the performance of the Youth of the Church who gave a rendition of Donnie McClurkin’s “Satisfy my Soul,” which they sang in both English and Spanish in appeasement of the enduring grace and divine mercy of the Good Lord.
The choreographer of the youth group is Francisca Laari, a 22-year old pre-med student of Northern Virginia Community College. “The group comprises hard working young ones who are just happy to sing and perform to spread the Lord’s message. We had our first performance at the Christmas Convention last year,” said Laari.
Since December, however, the group has performed just twice, including their performance this past Sunday because of school and other responsibilities. Laari explains: “Not all the members live in VA; some live in MD and we have to drive to bring all of them to the premises of the church to practice. Sometimes, it’s not easy because some live far away.”
On Sunday, neither distance nor fatigue could bar them from performing so brilliantly and so coyly to the limits of their lithe bodies. In the words of junior Pastor Richard Ofori Atta, “The Youth of the Church are the future of the church.” He could not have been more correct.
Other members of the group include soloist Nana-Adjoa Nyarko, Beatrice Anima, Ann Adjei, and Jessica Hope, to mention just a few.
On July 24 and 25, Bishop Adonteng Boateng and the church will extend their fire of the Holy Spirit to Toronto where the anointed man of God will preach, prophesy, and heal. Then, the following week, Bishop Adonteng Boateng will be joined by Apostle John Prah in a five day powerful crusade from July 29 to August 2 on the premises of Divine Word in Springfield, VA.
You can join the prayer line of Divine Word at 712-432-1615. The access code is 123123# from 10a.m.to12:30 p.m. each day and from 10 p.m. to12:30 a.m. each night. For more information, visit www.divineprayerline.org