50th Wedding Anniversary at London Ghana
1st May 2019
On Sabbath 20th April, a couple at the London Ghana Church, Elder and Mrs Ofori Asante reaffirmed their marriage vows after 50 years of union at a colourful event at the Church. The President of the South England Conference (SEC) Dr Emmanuel, Osei was represented by Education Director of the SEC, Mrs Gina Abbequaye. She noted that "Adventists Christians need to recognise and honour marriage as an ordained and divine institution."
Abbequaye said for the Adventist, marriage is a union of two children of God coming together as one; they must be committed to Him as well as to their spouse. This, she noted, must be entered into only between a man and a woman who share a common faith. She was of the view that mutual love, honour, respect, and responsibility are the fabric of any relationship blessed by God. According to Him such must be a true reflection of love, sanctity, closeness, and permanence of the relationship between Christ and His church.
On behalf of the SEC President, Mrs Abbequaye commended the couple for their high sense of commitment and dedication towards their union and encouraged young couples in the church to emulate the enviable feat of Elder and Mrs Ofori Asante.
Preaching the sermon, the Head Pastor of London Ghana Church, Pastor George Boakye Asiama, noted that even though some Adventists have not been able to sustain their marriages those who have genuinely committed their relationships to God and to each other in the relationship, will always succeed as the good Lord would be with them. He warned church members who were contemplating divorce to reconsider their decision, as God is not pleased with divorce.
Following this, Mrs Abbequaye presented a citation signed by the Conference President to the couple after which they expressed their gratitude to the conference for the recognition and also to the church members for the support. The celebration was the second of four years in the Church and was attended by a large number of people including non-Adventists from around the UK and Ghana.
Elder Ofori Asante a lawyer and Aisha, a midwife later hosted church members, work colleagues, neighbours, and family members to a dinner on a floating boat in East London.
The day also saw newly wedded couple, Amos and Ivy Jesse who got married on the 7th April 2019, formally introduced to the Church. Two other couples were also also introduced as to-soon- to- be wedded. After the 21 day stipulated period of the Church, their weddings will be held later this year.
[Nana Sifa Twum]