Tash’s Craft Bar had a full house with interest in hearing the story of Ghanaian born Pastor John Amoah at the Christian Men’s Association breakfast last Saturday.
Amoah, has been ministering in East London since 1984, and has a church in Mdantsane called Mdantsane Community Church. The church has other branches around the Eastern Cape, and he recently launched branches in Marselle and Alexandria.
He started off his talk telling the crowd about his younger days before he accepted Christ as his saviour. He lost his mother at a young age, and his father rejected him when he was still young, but life had to go on. His aunt took him and he grew up at his aunt’s house until he was a qualified teacher.
“Growing up I knew nothing about God and his word, I only knew how to pray when I was only in trouble, but when things went my way I completely forgot that there was Jesus. Then I would live my life, without acknowledging His presence in my life,” said Amoah.
When he struggled getting a job and his life in order, he became addicted to drugs and alcohol as means of coping with difficulties. He faced challenge after challenge and when he was at his lowest he started praying to God, asking Him to save him and that he will do anything to serve Him and his word.
“I accepted the Christ the hard way, because it was during the most difficult time in my life, I was getting drunk almost every day, just to cope with life, until I got tired of it and told myself I need to make some changes in my life. I accepted God, left Ghana and went to Swaziland to start a church because I believed I was called to help His people,” he said.
“When I arrived there, asking people for help to start was a huge mission for me because I got a lot of no’s, people just didn’t want to cooperate. Then I left and went to East London – that is when I opened a church, got called to be a principal in Inkwenkwezi High School, then after that my main focus has been on youth. We need the youth in church, they need to get closer to God,” Amoah said.
His main focus is the youth because they are the ones faced with the most difficulties through drugs and alcohol. He also believes that Christ specialises in impossibilities.
“Drug addiction among our youth is at its highest rate, digital addiction, teenage pregnancy, pornography, and suicide glares at us through the eyes of teenage suicide, illegitimacy, and fatherlessness. If only the South African government and other nations had spent their millions on spreading the true gospel of Christ throughout the nation and the world, what a different story would there have been to tell,” he said.
“The Lord Jesus Christ can save and change you, this is a big thing to say but it is true. There is an old proverb which says, ‘You can change many things, but you can never change nature’. It is time the old proverb itself was changed for in the light of the Gospel it is new nature, that is the kind of saviour Jesus is,” Amoah said.
BY NTOMBENTSHA MSUTU