From London with Love by Pastor Aaron Boakye Danquah
For approximately 18 years, my wife and I have served in various
areas of ministry, such as greeters, home group leaders, Sunday school
teachers, deacons, elders, and finally as pastors. Before we became pastors,
we studied the Word of God and continued to seek God’s face for direction.
For many years, we knew we had the call of God upon our lives, especially
in the area of teaching. In July 2007, while I was in prayer at home, I heard
the Holy Spirit say it was time to move forward and fulfill the call upon our
lives. In February 2008, we were released by our Bishop to answer God’s
call. We held our fi rst church service that month.
In 2008 we started our church, and we prayerfully
asked God for a covering (a father figure in ministry). I
started watching Dr. Creflo Dollar on Christian television.
One day as I was watching the broadcast, I heard a voice
say, “He is the man you need to look up to.” I decided to
contact Creflo Dollar Ministries. Shortly after, I received a
response from Creflo Dollar Ministerial Association, and
we became members. After two years, we officially made
Dr. Dollar and Pastor Taffi our spiritual parents. From the
day we made that first connection until today, we haven’t
regretted it. We have learned so much. Through their
words—watching them on DVDs and listening to their
CDs—they have been a great inspiration to us.
It is very important to have a covering in ministry. We
all need accountability. We all need direction from someone
who can tell us when we are going in the wrong direction.
Additionally, we need someone we can go to for strength.
When we started the ministry, we didn’t want to just do
things on our own without a spiritual father. One thing that
I have learned as an international member is that we’re
just a phone call or e-mail away. We can contact CDMA
whenever we need some information. We also continue to
watch Dr. Dollar on television, and through these avenues,
he speaks into our lives. The words he speaks, minister to
us even though we are far away.
That is why distance shouldn’t be an issue when it
comes to joining CDMA. I would encourage international
ministers to join and stay connected because CDMA is
a family. Everyone needs a family. Every time we come
to the conferences, we make new friends. Our fellowship
with CDMA members is genuine and honest. They openly
share things that they go through in ministry—both the good
and the bad. We also share with them things that we have gone
through. They encourage us, and we encourage them. Being
a member of CDMA has given us a sense of belonging.
One of the things we took away the first year we
joined CDMA, in 2009, was the importance of growing
leaders and building a solid leadership structure. When we
went back to another CDMA conference the next year, we
learned even more about growing leaders, but this time we
brought the information to the members, not just the leaders.
As we began to share the information, we faced
opposition from both leaders and members because many
of them didn’t want to learn the Word of God. It was new
to them because church was just a social gathering. They
felt the messages should be lighter and easier, but we felt
the Word was more important. We believed that with the
Word there is nothing we can’t do. We were committed to
our stance on the Word, and some people left. However,
there were others who came to learn the Word.
As members of CDMA, we have learned how to
practically apply the Word in our everyday lives. We have
also learned the importance of being excellent for God—
doing things right and being consistent in all that we do,
especially when it concerns the Word. A recent visit
from Bishop and Mrs. Fuller has given us the push and
encouragement we needed.
Currently, we have about 50 adult members. I can
confidently say that these are men and women who know
how to work in excellence. They know the Scriptures and
carry the vision. We are now ready to build on the foundation
that CDMA has helped us to develop. The year 2013 will be
our year! I believe we will see growth in numbers as well.
We can’t wait to share that testimony.