“Never Part Again”
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” Psalm 133:1-3.
God has a purpose in bringing His people together at our annual gatherings, and it reminds me of two things: first, that we are one people and, secondly, the gathering of God’s people at His coming, never to be separated. The words of inspiration have something for us.
“The Feast of Tabernacles was not only commemorative but typical. It not only pointed back to the wilderness sojourn, but, as the feast of harvest, it celebrated the ingathering of the fruits of the earth, and pointed forward to the great day of final ingathering, when the Lord of the harvest shall send forth His reapers to gather the tares together in bundles for the fire, and to gather the wheat into His garner. At that time the wicked will all be destroyed. They will become ‘as though they had not been.’ Obadiah 16.” Patriarchs and Prophets, 541.
“At these yearly assemblies the hearts of old and young would be encouraged in the service of God, while the association of the people from the different quarters of the land would strengthen the ties that bound them to God and to one another. Well would it be for the people of God at the present time to have a Feast of Tabernacles—a joyous commemoration of the blessings of God to them.” Ibid., 540.
Although we were having our camp meetings yearly, a decision was made barely two years ago by the general assembly that we have it biennially, with the districts having their camp meeting in the year between. Therefore, next year our camp will be on a district basis, and the national one will be in two years.
Kumasi High School was the venue for this year’s camp meeting. On the arrival date, December 23rd, I left with my family and the local churches in my area and reached Kumasi around 6:45 PM. On arrival, I found that most of the rooms were already occupied. When the children were counted, there were more that 900. Although the youth and adults were not counted, the hall with a capacity of over 1500 was full; and on the Sabbath we had to erect canopy to contain the increasing crowd.
The theme was “Holiness unto the Lord” (Zechariah 14:20). Topics addressed included The Seal of the Living God, The 144,000, The Coming Crisis, Be Holy unto God, The Holy Spirit, A Peculiar People, Dangers in Meat Eating, Historic Adventists and Politics, What is the Church?, Where is the Church?, Spiritualism and Occultism. There was very tight studying and praying. We had watch night (a night of prayerand worship) on the 28th, the last night before leaving to our homes.
The Sabbath was devoted mostly to thanksgiving and testimony services. One brother who was traveling in a bus that fell into a flooded river was delivered miraculously while he was in the water; of the thirty people in the bus, only three survived, including our brother. One lady whose leg was amputated for developing cancer in her knee developed a complication that needed another amputation, or the wound would not heal; but the wound was healed before the appointed time for the second operation. The many people who received miraculous healing encouraged the people to trust in the Lord and not to look to the god of Akron.
Presentations were made to the brethren who have contributed to the growth of the church, and I received one for being outstanding in evangelism. I was happy but was looking to the crown which our master will place on my head at His coming.
Baptismal candidates that had been prepared at the various localities were interviewed and baptized. In all, eighty people were baptized at a nearby stream. Pastor Bright and I officiated at the baptism.
During the Sabbath service with the brethren gathered together and singing, I was praying that the Lord would come to take us never to be separated again. After arriving home on December 28th, I am looking to when our Master will come and deliver us. Very soon we will be in heaven; the signs and evidences testify of that. At this time, we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling.
My new year’s message to you and the brethren is this: let us strive with all the power and might that God has given us to be among the 144,000. Only those that sigh and cry will be sealed; our duty is to warn the world of the coming crisis. My desire is that God’s people will pull resources together to help finish the work.
I would like to express my appreciation to you for your outstanding contributions, prayers and support for the work in Ghana that more can be done to help finish the work.
May God richly bless you all until we meet, either in this world or in the new world to come.
By Pastor Benjamin Edward Nyanor.