Dear Praying Friends and Ministries Supporters,
“O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:55-57
I believe when the Apostle Paul was writing this letter to the brethren in the church of Corinth, he was focused on eternity and what was in store for every believer who was vexed with the actions and activities of this fallen and depraved world. Death on earth is only temporary because there’s more beyond our physical presence here. What we have lost or given for the cause of Jesus Christ is gained in eternity. Amazing! In other words, death does not stop us from getting what has been prepared for each believer who has been faithful to call of duty.
On December 30, 2020, the Angel of Death visited the 37 Military Hospital, in Accra, Ghana, to strike a final earthly blow to my dearest earthly father after he was rushed back there a day before after fighting several times to stay alive! I don’t know if he was saved or not as he was a staunch Roman Catholic. For many years, I took missionaries to talk to him about his salvation. He heard me share the Gospel clearly and give opportunity to put his faith in Christ as his Lord and personal Savior. He was for many years the building committee chairman for the St. Francis Xavier Catholic church in Accra, Ghana, and my mother was the President of the Christian Mothers’ Association. He had for many years refused to acknowledge me as a pastor because of my financial struggles and the fact that he refused to “accept any church that I’m older than”. In his mind, because he was born before the first Baptist church was ever established in Ghana, it wasn’t credible.
When God began showing me more favor by blessing me financially without his help, he gradually began to acknowledge the power of God and we became good friends. He began to forget my “disrespect” for him because I not only refused to stop attending a Baptist church but also did not serve his visitors strong alcoholic beverages.
+He became very proud of what God was using me to accomplish for the orphans, poor, needy children, physically challenged, deaf, blind, school children, camp meetings, Muslim evangelism and, especially, the radio/television ministries. He was excited to see me on national television with the government recognition of my efforts to help society and to make the country a better place to live, especially in the 1990s and later years.
According to the culture and tradition, he’s going to be buried as a Royal and a Chief (even though in practice he never accepted the throne). His father was a Chief in his town as well as his late older brother who passed on in 2016.
The external family and the kingmakers have denied us the right to bury him in the city of Accra where he lived almost all his adult life. As such, his 5 children have been levied with a total of $25,000 to be contributed to help with the funeral arrangements and burial. Since my older brother is not working and our last sister also is seriously sick with damage to her brain, the 3 siblings have decided to share the cost. I’m therefore required to pay $8,333. My other two sisters who are Roman Catholics have as of today raised a significant amount from their workplace and friends in the Catholic denomination.
I’m by this asking for prayers for the good Lord to help me raise the full amount of $8,333 by the end of this month. As a pastor of a Baptist church, they don’t believe I can come up with the money. I told them I have just a little faith in a great God of wonders with a smile. I believe God will honor our prayers when we pray fervently. Who knows how many souls will turn to Jesus Christ with such a testimony if I meet the target.
Please, contact the Executive Director of International Gospel Missions in Rochester, New York, Dr. Gary Newhart, or send a contribution to the Alex Boamah Funeral fund for his dad, George Boamah, to the mission headquarters directly.
I want to thank everyone who has supported me personally and the ministries as a whole. Ghana is still fighting the Covid-19 with the recent rise in infection. Fortunately, our temperature is still very humid and dry, ranging between 100 to 83 degrees.
I’m praying for all victims of Covid-19 and their families as well as those who have lost their jobs and friends. I’ve joined with my prayer team to fast and pray for 7 days for the USA for God to intervene with the confusion going on.
Thank you very much.
Still praising the Lord,
Pastor Alex B.