40th Anniversary Message by Rev. Kweku Hazel…..
Ten years ago, I had the privilege to write a message for our 30th Anniversary Celebration Brochure. After a good ten years, by the grace of God, I am writing, again, a message for Tesano Baptist Church’s 40th Anniversary Celebration Brochure.
The faithfulness of our God has brought us thus far. Our theme for the 40th Anniversary is “40 Years of Proclaiming Christ: Celebrating the Faithfulness of God.”
Yes, indeed, the LORD has been faithful to us these forty years and it is fitting to celebrate His faithfulness to us as a church family.
Looking back to what the Lord has done over the past forty years, we cannot but appreciate all those who availed themselves and sacrificed greatly for us to come thus far.
Space will not permit me to name all those who have contributed in the past to build this great church to the glory of God. But we cannot forget but to appreciate some key pioneers of the church. We keenly salute Rev. E.T. Quartey, Deacon Andy Sarfo-Antwi, Mr. S.K. Boateng, Mr. E.A Cooper, Deacon R.P.C. Ennin, Rev. Godwin Okoe Botchway and many more who have joined “The great cloud of witnesses surrounding us”.
We also salute those who are alive but not in direct active service in the church. They have also made their mark in the building of the church. We congratulate them for their unwavering faith in the times past. People like Rev. Kojo Amo, the past Senior Pastor, Rev. A Sintim Ampofo, Brother Ofori Quaye, Deacon Ralph Sutherland, Rev. Paul Amenyo, just to mention a few, have done so much for the church.
The church was founded on the theme text in Col. 1:28,”Christ we proclaim, teaching and admonishing every man in all wisdom so that we can present every man perfect in Christ.”
The faithfulness of our God in these forty years has been seen in turning the church from a humble beginning, in a small room, into a church with a book membership of over three thousand (3000). Being an evangelistic and mission-oriented church, a legacy bequeathed from the founding Pastor, the Tesano Baptist church has planted over forty (40) churches within and outside Accra.
Forty years gone-by was God’s divine preparation for the church to enter into a new era where the influence of the church on our society will take an exponential dimension. For those who God will place in the helm of leadership in the nearest
future, responsibility is placed on you to raise a generation of holistic and transformational leaders to impact every fabric of our society with the gospel for national transformation with Kingdom principles and virtues.
Just as we have begun and emphasizing, greater effort should be placed on the teaching of the Word and bringing back Biblical discipleship to raise men and women with genuine, Christ-like life-style. We have to keep in focus, the sacrifices made by our pioneers and those who are still contributing in diverse ways toward the growth of Tesano Baptist Church.
I can confidently say that the future of Tesano Baptist Church is glorious, yet challenging. As we hand-over to leadership that God has prepared and anointed, the vision of the Kingdom of God for Tesano Baptist Church which is carved in Col. 1:28 will be upheld with a greater passion and urgency.
Let me welcome you all to this anniversary celebration.