By Sam Doku, PhD
Saturday, July 18, 2015 marked another milestone in the life of Bishop (Dr.) Adonteng-Boateng, founder of Divine Word International Ministries. Members of the church in conjunction with Mrs. Elsie Adonteng-Boateng, the Bishop’s wife, organized a surprise party for him on the sacred premises of the church.
Mrs. Adonteng-Boateng not only master-minded the organization of the party, but also she surprised her husband by presenting him with keys to a brand new Mercedes-Benz in appreciation of his love and care, and for being an excellent dad and role model to their children.
Their oldest daughter, Shantel Adonteng-Boateng, who will be a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Fall, was full of admiration for her father for the stellar qualities he exudes as an efficient father, who has effectively guided her growth and development into the quick-thinking, brilliant lass she is today. Shantel has won a full scholarship to Virginia Commonwealth.
For the gift he received from his wife, Bishop Adonteng-Boateng was surprised but not overawed. At the age of 20, he had a vision that he would be given a brand new car as a gift at some point in his life. However, what was more intriguing was the Bishop’s revelation that he saw in the vision two scenarios unfolding: he would either die before the age of 42, or beyond 42, he would live to do great and miraculous things in the name of the Almighty God.
The congregation was consequently relieved to know that the Bishop is fulfilling the revelation in the second scenario.
Deaconess Elizabeth Asante aka Mama Lizzie in a homage to the Bishop, noted that she became a member of Divine Word from the beginning, and she has been impressed with the fashion in which Bishop Adonteng-Boateng has taken the church from its humble beginning as an online prayer group to its physical manifestation in Springfield, VA. Referring to the Bishop, as her spiritual father, Mama Lizzie espoused Bishop Adonteng-Boateng for overcoming all odds to lead the church to where it is today.
Mama Julie aka Powerhouse praised the Bishop for remaining firm in the face of callous adversity and overcoming it all. She enjoined members of the congregation to show reverence to Bishop Adonteng-Boateng and accord him the necessary respect because he has earned it.
Mama Julie is aware that Divine Word operates in a community, where rumor-mongering is sometimes taken as the gospel truth, so she pleaded with church members not to believe such spurious stories and respect the anointed man of God. She confessed that it was through the prayers of Bishop Adonteng-Boateng that she has remained in the DMV area; otherwise, she would have relocated.
Pastor Love, on a visit from Ghana with his wife, piggy-backed on Mama Julie’s advice and noted, “You don’t prosper by your hard work, you prosper by the blessings of God. God has called Bishop Adonteng-Boateng and taken him from and ordinary man to an extraordinary human being. Respect him and show your appreciation.”
Elder Owusu confessed that before Divine Word, he was a Buddhist, but because of Bishop Adonteng-Boateng’s preaching, teaching, prophesy, and healing powers, he converted to Christianity.
Pastor Dauda Keita, one of the Bishop’s favorite pastors as a result of the respect he evicts to him and his humility, noted that he joined Divine Word nearly two years ago, and since then, his Christian life has experienced a roller-coaster ride, thanks to the Bishop’s guidance and counseling.
And Pastor Esther stated that Bishop Adonteng-Boateng’s prophesy and prayers saved her husband’s life from the snarling claws of witches.