On 15th July, 2017, the Tehillah Temple was commissioned and dedicated to God with many witnesses in awe and admiration; joyful and thankful as the day’s event unfolded. It was a day when Harvest Chapel International led by the General Overseer Rev. Fitzgerald Odonkor rehearsed the goodness of God. We remembered how far we had come, recognizing this day that we stood on the shoulders of many who sacrificed time, money, sleepless nights and tireless efforts, and even their very lives for the gospel of Christ.
We remembered the days past when we met on open fields, in classrooms and sheds, and the many times we had been forced to move on without a meeting place or knowing where we were going next. Our joy knew no bounds!
The building of the Tehillah Temple took a lot of sacrifice and numerous times it seemed beyond our human limits. There were several challenges along the way, yet the Church Leadership encouraged members of the church to keep their focus on Jehovah Jireh to provide. So we kept the faith and continued to run the race to complete the work. The Word of God in Nehemiah 2:20 says “The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore, we his servants will arise and build…” the church rehearsed this word over and over again. There were some Sundays where we would not have solid ground to place our feet because of heavy rainfall, these challenges did not prevent us from conducting Harvest Believers School or any of our church services. On many occasions, members arrived at church to find that the seating arrangement had been changed and they were facing either the North, South, East or West. Church services always continued nonetheless, without fail, and many were to be blessed in diverse ways.
This is the journey the church had to take, we knew that without the test, there would be no testimony. Therefore, on Saturday 15th July, despite the fact that we were so proud of the magnificence of the Tehillah Temple, it’s unique and flawless architecture, the excellent interior including the acoustic flooring which provided ambiance to the melodious sounds of the Harvest Gospel Choir, we were humbled. We knew that it was only the Lord’s grace and mercies that had brought us this far. It is this that made us greatly rejoice.
The Tehillah Temple dedication opened its gates to many great men and women of God who had come to share in our joy. These dignitaries included Bishop Dag Heward Mills, Lady Rev. Adelaide Heward Mills and Bishop Eddy Addy of Lighthouse Chapel International, Rev. Daniel Ogbarmey Tetteh of New Creation Chapel International, Rev. and Mrs. Spencer Duncan, Bishop Gideon Titi-Ofei, Presiding Bishop, The Pleasant Place Church, Rev. and Mrs. Nii Aponsah of Liberation Bible Church, Rev. and Mrs. Emmanuel Ansah of Covenant Family Community Church, Rev. Dr. Anthony Cudjoe of International Central Gospel Church, Bishop Clive Mould and Rev. Koranteng Smart of Action Chapel International, Rev Dr. and Mrs. Isaac Quaye of Word of Life Christian Center, Prophet Kingsley Agyeman, Prophet Samuel Addison, Rev. Jonathan Ekuban, General Overseer, Springs of Life Chapel International, Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi, General Overseer, Glorious Wave Church, Apostle Lorraine Laryea, Prof. Bill Puplampu, and the list goes on and on and on.
The dedication and commissioning of the Tehillah Temple was done by His Eminence, Archbishop Nicholas Duncan Williams, Presiding Bishop of Action Chapel International. Picking his theme from Luke 7:4-5, the Archbishop explained the relationship between the building of a synagogue and love for God and country. “Before God”, he said “Rev. Odonkor and Harvest Chapel International were qualified for a blessing because they had demonstrated love for God and Country by the construction of the church building”. He said they had made a difference for generations to come and stated that it was critical that one made a difference by working to improve the lives of others. He further challenged the church to continue to build for the cause of God.
Quoting from 2 Chronicles 5:14, where at the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the glory cloud which filled the temple, Archbishop Duncan-Williams declared the grounds of the Temple as hallowed grounds and prophesied it would be a meeting place where Divinity would always meet humanity.
In a short congratulatory message, Bishop Dag Heward-Mills totally agreed with the Archbishop on the fact that the putting up of the Tehillah Temple was an evidence of love for God and Country. Accra, he said, had become a nicer place because this was one of the nicest buildings. He congratulated Rev. Fitz. Odonkor and his team for a job well done and prayed that the temple would be a place where many would be saved, healed and touched by the power of God.
Ghana’s Vice President, His Excellency Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia was the special guest of honour for the occasion. He indicated that the priorities of the government included involving the church in national discourse and development. Dr. Bawumia was encouraged by the contribution of Harvest Chapel to development in providing medical missions and setting up a Center for Excellence to address unemployment among the youth. He pledged the support of the President, His Excellency Nana Akufo-Addo, and himself by donating an amount of GHC 10,000 (Ten Thousand Ghana cedis) towards the building of the Center for Excellence. The Vice President was accompanied by his beautiful wife, Mrs. Samira Bawumia.
As part of the ceremony, Harvest Chapel received several Good will messages from several Ministers of the Gospel, many of who have been close friends of the church for many years and been part of its historical journey. Portions of this journey were shown in a documentary which portrayed how far the ministry had come from its early days of the Calvary Road Singers to the climax of the Tehillah Temple commissioning and dedication. Music was provided by the Daughters of Glorious Jesus and the “Evergreen” Harvest Gospel Choir.