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Good Shepherd Ghana Methodist Church - Worcester

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GOOD SHEPHERD GHANA METHODIST CHURCH - WORCESTER

GOOD SHEPHERD GHANA METHODIST CHURCH INAUGURATED
Story by Evangelist Thomas Ofori
If the Lord does not build the house the laborers labor in vain. [Psalm 127:1]

Good Shepherd Ghana Methodist Church, Worcester, Massachssets, was started on April 4th 2008
when mighty men and women with a vision of winning souls for God met as a prayer group under the
name John Wesley Strategic Prayer Center at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Worcester. We choose
Lutheran Church because the dominance of the United Methodist alliance in Worcester was a big fear
factor, which we considered to be our greatest threat. There were lots of time where we had wanted
to have our own Ghanaian services in our local language but our pastors did not like the idea for fear
that it may one day end up as an independent Ghanaian Methodist congregation.
On April 4th which was our first Prayer meeting outside Wesley United Methodist, there were tears of
joy on the faces of members for it was our first independent prayer session and we were about 34
members and the Pastor gave us the keys to continue our prayer meetings every Friday evening. We
were also given the permission to have our first Ghanaian Sunday service 2 months later.
On May 30th something happened at the prayer meeting which turned our joy into sorrow. The Pastor
at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church who has been our redeemer informed the prayer meeting that she
has been warned by the senior pastor of Wesley United Methodist to stop the prayer meeting with
immediate effect because we are part of UMC and have no right to leave that Church to worship in our
own way. That is how the enemy works. Satan will never let you have what you deserve but only
what you fight for. Paul said in the book of 2nd Corinthians “We are troubled on every side yet not
distressed, cast down but not destroyed”.
The sheep were thus scattered for almost 3 weeks with no church nor prayer meeting but God was so
merciful to us in that we secured a place at 78 Webster Street. This was due to the benevolence of The
Apostolic Church of Ghana. They gave us their sanctuary to conduct our prayer meetings on Thursdays
and also encouraged us to start evening church services at the same place. Three months later they
moved to their new church building and handed over 78 Webster Street to us as our permanent base.
Persecution was so heavy from the UMC. People were sent to write down names of members who
attend prayer meeting and church service yet God was our immediate help in the midst of these
circumstances.
Finally, Good Shepherd Ghana Methodist Church was launched as a Preaching Post on October 12th
2008 by Rev. Dr. J A. K Bonful with the able assistance of Opanin Fosu, Lay Chairman Methodist Church
North America.
GOOD SHEPERD GHANA METHODIST CHURCH has come to stay by God’s grace. We thank sincerely

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