Christians have been admonished to avail themselves to God’s call and to commit to His command of spreading the Good News to all nations. The call was made by the resident pastor of the Emmanuel Presbyterian Reformed Church in the Bronx, New York and former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, The Very Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso during the church’s annual harvest held at 2 separate branches of the church in the Bronx, New York.
The annual harvest was held on Sunday 25 August, 2013 at the Woodlawn and Ogden branches of the EPRC with the theme ‘Respond to God’s Call’. Preaching the sermon, Rev. Frimpong-Manso said Christians have a task to perform towards the promotion of God’s kingdom on earth. He said the world is full of perishing souls, some of who have had “their freedoms trampled upon by the minority few but wealthy ungodly class” and that these souls “are calling for liberation and freedom which only God can give through His faithful ones answering His call”.
He further called on the congregation to give generously to support the Church’s missions and decried the tendency for some Christians to expect from God without giving back to support His work.
The harvest raised $20,000 at the Woodlawn branch and a further $56,000 at the Ogden branch. Speaking to the press, Rev. Dr. Frimpong-Manso expressed disappointment at the attendance especially at the Woodlawn event but praised the giving spirit of the congregation. “We raised $20,000 at Woodlawn this year as against $11,000 last year and about $56,000 at Ogden as against $29,000 last year” Rev. Frimpong-Manso said. He also expressed gratitude to the special invited guests some of who had come all the way from Ghana as well as from other churches to support the event.
He revealed that the church has several projects laid out and the monies would largely go into funding these projects. These projects include evangelism and youth development programs, the renovation of the Woodlawn Sanctuary and the development of a decent tarred car park around it as well as the purchase of a new place of worship for the Ogden congregation. Some of the monies is also expected to be invested on behalf of the church.
The EPRC was formed in 1998 by some members of the then Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Harlem and has grown from meeting in the house of one of the progenitors to become a thriving mission with several hundreds of members. The church received a major boost in June this year with the appointment of one of its members, Dr. David Ofori jnr. as the first African moderator of the New York Presbytery as well as the arrival of no mean a person than the former moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, the Very Rev. Dr. Yaw Frimpong-Manso to head the church.