By the grace of God, I was called upon to serve both in the planning and the execution of the Ghana Jesus Festival. Little did I know that God was going to use it as a preparatory field for me.
I must state unequivocally that I have learned and gained a lot from the Festival – cutting across all the stages of the Festival – preparation, proclamation and preservation.
I do not have any formal training relating to organizing Crusades such as the BGEA type. Therefore, I decided to give my all in order to learn a great deal of lessons.
For instance, I have come to understand the importance of training as a form of preparation for Crusades or Festivals.
Apart from the Christian Life and Witness Course (CLWC), which actually is the backbone of every successful Crusade, the element of Operation Andrew has become an eye-opener for me.
I have read John 1:40-42 a couple of times. Yes, I knew Andrew went and invited his brother and yet I had no knowledge how that could be translated into a friendship evangelistic tool. If not for the BGEA Crusade, I may have been kept in the dark.
We have been praying for a revival for Ghana for many years now. The CLWC, I believe, is the trigger for the kind of revival we are anticipating. That nearly 17,000 people trained within a two-month period is incredible. I cannot tell you how it all happened and yet it did.
This indeed, is the legacy BGEA has left in Ghana.
Touching on how to set timelines and follow through is something I am grateful to God for. I need to be honest with myself. I have been involved in many Crusades and yet this is my first time of using workable timelines.
It will interest you to know that it takes quite a good number of days before I could generate statistics for one Crusade, because I had no idea about the co-labor process the BGEA uses.
I was amazed on the first night of the Festival (April 28), how by a simple mechanism (co-labor), a report was generated a few hours after the Crusade.
The intensity of the follow-up process gives me the assurance that God, through His Church, will preserve the fruit of our labor.
I have no idea how many more lessons I have to learn from BGEA. My prayer is that God will offer me the opportunity to learn more to be able to help the Ghana Christian community at large.
Rev. Bernard Owusu Sachie is the Christian Life and Witness Coordinator for the Ghana Jesus Festival, which took place April 28 and 29 in Accra, Ghana.