12th GRADUATION CEREMONY
On the 17th of August, 45 men and women graduated from End Time Harvest Bible College. When I look back to our beginning class of ten students in 2001 who graduated in 2002, I am amazed at what the Lord has accomplished. From that first class of ten, we are now approaching our 500th graduate! From two hundred spectators at that first graduation, sitting on the college site where the center round building now stands, we hosted over 2,000 spectators in the African Cup soccer stadium! Since that first graduating class, soul-winning has grown from two hundred to 2,500 each year!
I believe that this was one of our greatest graduation ceremonies for multiple reasons. First, from a leadership standpoint, I was able to be involved less in the actual overseeing and setting up of the graduation. It is the goal of every leader to train and equip others. I now have a staff that has been with me over five years, learning and growing. They took a major step forward in their training this year and accomplished their tasks so well, that I had only to check up on them and fill in very little.
This graduation happened to fall during my 20th year serving the Lord here in Ghana. Personally for me, it was a very special graduation because of this personal milestone in my life. To my surprise, both a faculty member and Grace made short speeches to congratulate me. Along with the Apostle Paul I say, “woe to me” if I do not do as the Lord has called me to do. But their kind words will inspire me through the next twenty years!
Unique individual stories also made this graduation special. First, there is Peter Quayson, who won the award for Outstanding Service, and was the Valedictorian of the Bachelor’s Degree Class. Peter first came to ETHBC four years ago, from the township of Tarkwa. This is nearly 2 hours away. The school had advertised in that area, and announced the first applicant to be accepted from Tarkwa will receive their first semester’s tuition for free. Peter happened to be that individual. I have seen Peter grow in many ways since enrolling with the college. However, from the onset, you could see such a servant’s heart in this young man. In addition to all the work in school he would do, he would also organize other students to come to our home and volunteer their time to anything we needed to do around the house. It was not long, until he became the R.E. of the Dormitory of the Bible College, a position in which he held for over two years. Peter, not only strove for academic excellence, but also has a passion for the lost. Finally, after being with us for nearly four years, he was able to raise the money to join our team to South Africa, and was used greatly by the Lord there. He just stopped by our house today to introduce his fiancé to us and share the next step in his life.
Another young man’s story that forever remain with me is Michael Mensah, who is the brother of last year’s valedictorian, Timothy. Michael is the oldest son of our former teacher Rev. Frank Mensah, who passed away nearly five years ago. Upon the death of his father, Michael has had to take up the mantle and pastor that church. He allowed his younger brother to begin his schooling before himself. Since he enrolled, he has been combining both his studying with pastoral duties. He tells me all the time how much the courses and ministry outreaches are helping him shepherd the church and also increase its membership.
If I would have the time to share one by one, all the students who graduated from this year’s graduating class, there would not be a way to publish this newsletter. However, I am excited because there are 45 new graduates who are leaving this college to go and cause great devastation to the devil’s kingdom! There are 45 flaming arrows, which have now been released into this dry and parched world, to ignite revival fires wherever they go! There are 45 new graduates who will touch 45 more individuals, who will touch another 45, who will reach 45 more… God is awesome!
I want to appreciate each and every partner, who has stood with us for all these years. We will never know the far reaching effects this ministry will have until we crossed into heaven. However, I would like you to know, that through your prayers and financial support, you are not only reaching the nation of Ghana, but also through these graduates, you are reaching nations of the world! So to each of you, I also congratulate you on another successful graduation!
God bless each and every one of you, Pastor Aaron