The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. John Dramani Mahama, on Sunday, May 21, 2023, held a thanksgiving service at the Ringway Gospel Centre Assemblies of God Church in Accra after the presidential primary.
He was joined by his family, including siblings, nephews and nieces; party bigwigs, university mates and other friends.
Clad in all-white attire, former President Mahama, his wife and the entourage took part in song ministration and worship in the almost two-hour service, which was themed on Thanksgiving,
After the sermon, the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Rev. Dr Steven Yenusom Wengam, who joined the service midway, led the church to pray for the former President who would be leading the NDC in the 2024 general election.
In a sermon on the “Value of Thanksgiving,” the Resident Pastor, Rev. Benjamin Tettey, drawing on several scriptures such as the books of Psalms and Samuel, exhorted the congregation and the entourage to value Thanksgiving.
“Thanksgiving magnifies God and always causes the Lord to renew his mercies on us every morning,” he said.
Rev. Tettey said the Lord also continued to deliver his people because of thanksgiving, saying the practice “connects the thanks giver to the good things of the Lord.”
He encouraged former President Mahama, his family and followers to continue to give thanks at all times and moments, saying, “Your Excellency, you should bring God into all that you do”.
In an address to the church, the NDC flag bearer said it was important to give thanks in adversity and also with an opportunity at hand.
Former President Mahama also recalled how he visited the same church in 2012 to give thanks for becoming President and in 2016 when he lost power.
He paraphrased a scripture that intimates that the thoughts and ways of man were not the same as God’s, and said, although he led the NDC to do a lot of projects for the country, the Lord had His own thoughts and ways that led to his loss in the 2016 election.
He also thanked the national, regional and constituency executive for the support as well as the church for the prayers and support that members gave him.
Personalities present at the thanksgiving service included the NDC running mate in the 2020 election, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang; a former Chairman of the party, Huudu Yahaya; Betty Mould Iddrisu, Adjei Mensah, Faustina Nelson, Dr Sherry Aryitey, the Greater Accra NDC Regional Chairman, Ashie Moore, and his predecessor, Joseph Ade Coker; former ministers and appointees in his administration; Victor Smith, Dr Edward Omane Boamah, Alex Segbefia, Elizabeth Ofosu Agyare, Dr Stephen Opuni, Sylvester Mensah, Ken Adjei and Kukua Awortwe.