On the 2nd of May, 2009 Dr. Emmanuel Mbennah was commissioned as TWR Africa's International Director in Johannesburg, South Africa. He succeeds Rev. Stephen Boakye-Yiadom who passed away in June 2007.
Bobo Gomes Co, Isac Silvano and Ben Booyens shared the microphone to read words of challenge and encouragement from every corner of Africa. "When God calls, He equips" was read from Malawi. God had this event "planned before the creation of the world" was heard from Côte d'Ivoire. From Angola word came that their "prayers have become a tangible reality today." More greetings were read from Burundi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Benin and South Africa as directors gave Emmanuel and his wife, Ruth, messages from the heart.
Lauren Libby, President of TWR International, was also in attendance. In his message to the Mbennahs, he said, "Emmanuel and Ruth, you are entering into an investment in the lives of many people, proclaiming the name of Jesus." He advised them to "spend a lot of time with Jesus" and added that "Jesus is the chairman of our board."
Speaking on leadership, Libby referred to the training Timothy received from Paul. "You, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also." (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
A prayer of commissioning followed Libby's message. Emmanuel and Ruth knelt before the audience. Some of Emmanuel's new staff laid their hands on the couple as they committed their new leader to the Lord.
"I see that I have been created to serve a big purpose in my life," Emmanuel said. "I see this in three phases: ignorance, obstacles and opportunity." He first had to answer in his ignorance, "Why do I exist?" which he has done. He then had to learn to overcome obstacles in his life, which he has also done and continues to do. He presently feels that he is the phase of opportunity which he must fulfill with no excuses.
"I am here to serve my family of TWR and my continent of Africa," Emmanuel concluded. Referring to Ruth, he added, "Our hearts and minds are here to serve you."
Published: 09 June 2009