"OBEDIENCE MEANS FRUITFULNESS AND BLESSING TO OTHERS"
This is the story of Deacon Eric Sedinam Kutortse and his First Sky Group handing over 60 church buildings and more to the Assemblies of God, Ghana at the Ho Jubilee Park on the 17th of January, 2016. Their commitment to obeying God in a difficult time in our country to construct 60 church buildings is both challenging and commendable.
The occasion was the First Sky Group’s 15th Annual Thanksgiving and Handing Over of Church Buildings at the Jubilee Park, Ho, the capital of the Volta Region. In attendance were representatives of the beneficiary churches, Superintendents from Eastern and Volta regions, Trinity Temple, Tema Pastors and members, Assemblies of God members of Ho and management and staff of First Sky Group. The Right Honourable Edward Doe Adjaho, Speaker of Ghana’s Parliament was the Special Guest of Honour. The service was graced by the Honourable Hellen Ntoso, Volta Regional Minister and MP for Krachi West, Traditional rulers from the Volta Region, Vice Chancellor, Registrar and some staff of University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS), The General Superintendent, Assistant General Superintendent and General Treasurer of Assemblies of God, Ghana, Vision 3000 team members and other dignitaries.
According to Deacon Kutortse“God owns First Sky”. The burden began in 2011 when God asked that he and his company build a four (4) bedroom self-contained apartment for a retired Minister of the Assemblies of God Church. A brand new Land Cruiser Prado and a pick-up were bought for Assemblies of God Ministers to facilitate their rural evangelism work. This was followed in 2012 by donating 15 set of church instruments to churches across the country. By the close of 2012 God again laid on their heart to construct 60 church buildings for Assemblies of God,Ghana, 30 each in the Eastern and Volta Regions. Though challenging their determination to obey God, and a constant encouragement from his mother who contributed GHc 3,000 to the project, haveseen the completion and handing over of these church buildings to the Assemblies of God, Ghana. He added that these churches remain the properties of Assemblies of God, Ghana.
The company also donated a brand new Toyota Hilux to support the Vision 3000 project of the Assemblies of God, Ghana.
Deacon Kutortse testified to God’s faithfulness that never a month was workers salary in arrears and the company spent only GHc 2,030 on medical bills for the 728 staff and their families in 2015. The company has grown from a staff strength of 60 in a small rented office to about 720 employees now in an office complex and expanded to a group status. “We believe all these happened because of our obedience to the Lord’s command.”
He further intimated that management of First Sky Group has for the next 5 years committed itself to support the poor and needy across the country with 30% of their profit after tax.
The Guest of Honour Rt. Hon. Doe Adjaho noted that it takes a man of God to listen to and obey God in such a manner. “There is hope for our country, that at a time people worship materialthings rather than God, a young man can obey God and care for the needy in our country.” The Speaker, who use to be a lay preacher before entering parliament remarked that principles and values grounded in God’s word will remain. “We remember Jesus only because of his teachings and sacrificial giving of himself for the good of others” he concluded. He on behalf of Parliament donated GHc 5,000 towards missions in Assemblies of God, Ghana.
Rev. Dr. Paul Yaw Frimpong-manso, the General Superintendent, who received the donation on behalf of Assemblies of God, Ghana thanked the Speaker and pledged it will be applied to building a church with a plaque that indicates that Ghana’s Parliament supported that church building. He also commended Deacon Kutortse, his wife Rose AkuKutortse and the Management and staff of First Sky Group for their profound obedience to God. He prayed for them and asked for God’s blessings, health and strength for the future.
Later in his sermon titled What will You be Remembered for, the General Superintendent challenged all to follow the biblical examples of Mary Magdalen and Joseph of Arimathia’sselfless giving to fulfil Christ’s mission. He urged individuals, churches and organisations to help buy lands, build pavilions and church buildings to support the Vision 3000 Project of planting 3000 Assemblies of God churches in 5 years of which 446 were planted in 2015.
The service was followed by a ceremonial handing over and dedication of the 60 church buildingssimultaneously atHoAwatidome Ave, behind Volta Regional Hospital, Ho (Trafalgar).