At a time when the nation was a bundle of furious judgment, heaven was a bundle of generous mercy over a crime in Denkyira-Obuasi.
One man, Francis Yeji who is also a pastor at Fountain Gate Chapel, was plucked out of his comfort zone to go to the town of 4,000, the most condemned spot of Ghanaian earth in recent times.
In an article obtained by Myjoyonline.com, the man who works with the Ghana Health Service testifies to a vision he had days after the May 29 tragedy.
“The first question was whether I had heard of the evil act of murder and condemned it, which I answered in the affirmative. Several questions followed in the discourse. But importantly also, in the vision, God said He was merciful and loved the people of Denkyira Obuasi, including those who committed the gruesome killing of the innocent man.”
“God has always and would show the people mercy and heal the land if they seek His face in fasting and prayer (2Chronic 7:14).”
The experience was unsettling for him because God apparently is not just a story-teller but an assignment-giver who impressed on the public servant to go there.
Francis explained he sold the idea to other pastors hoping to buy their interest in this expedition. They were not interested. They were too angry to be interested or to cold to feel love when apathy was easy.
“I spoke to a few pastors/reverend ministers about the vision and asked them to accompany me but none wanted to hear the name Denkyira-Obuasi”.
“They didn’t think this was the plan of God, and that even if God actually spoke, it couldn’t be immediately, at a time the security agencies were still arresting suspects in the case”.
“Some suggested prayer to be made for the people from Accra or other places, and then go to the town much later ( in about 4-5 months’ time) but not to go there any time soon”
“We arrived in Denkyira Obuasi at about 5:30pm not knowing who to talk to. But eventually God brought the people we had to meet, and we delivered the message from God. They were moved to tears, warmly received the message. I first met with the leaders of the Presbyterian Church and the Roman Catholic Catchiest (who gave us a room in his house to stay)”
“The leaders of the two churches then relayed the message to the local council of churches, the Paramount Chief, leaders and people of the town. A date for fasting and prayer was agreed on immediately and communicated to me. Instead of a day they decided to embark on a three (3) day fasting and prayer (from Thursday June 29 to Saturday July 1, 2017).
They met to pray twice daily; from 8am to 12 Noon, and 1pm to 5pm.
We joined them on Friday (30/06/2017) and climaxed the program on Saturday. The program was very successful, as about a thousand people (old and young), including the chief and elders, participated. On the last day, Saturday evening, I led the people in prayer of repentance; they were divided into five groups, and as we prayed, we walked within and around the town.
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Upon returning to the central meeting ground, the Paramount Chief led the people in prayer, asking for God’s mercy and to heal the land of evil. And, indeed, God heard their prayer, as one could see the people revitalized and energized by God and the life of the town returned.
The name of the town (New Obuasi) which has been shelved for long was announced and declared. the declaration included that the town should no longer be called Denkyira Obuasi but its old name ‘New Obuasi’. Joy has returned to the town and people are going about their normal business.
My visit to the town on two occasions allowed me to interact and live with ordinary people in the area; and they are nice and hospitable as typical of us all as Ghanaians. A few evil persons have committed a barbaric act which has brought a dark cloud over the town. But that has now been removed by God’s mercy.
On our part as fellow Ghanaians, this could have happened anywhere in Ghana, and similar incidents have actually been committed in several other places at different times. As the law deals with the culprits, let us support the call for a nationwide crusade against “Mob Injustice” through rigorous education, sensitization, advocacy etc.
We have begun the crusade in Denkyira-Obuasi and intend to take it to the rest of the nation. Join the movement and let’s effect the change.