Soul winning has been an integral part of Christendom and in Seventh-day Adventist circles it is promoted to be hallmark of every member of the Remnant Church.
In Ghana, Pastor Josiah Osei-Twum has demonstrated that he cannot blink an eye without winning a soul for Christ.
In an exclusive interview in Kumasi, he shares the success story of his soul winning ministry to motivate colleague pastors and evangelists of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
So far, as the Director of Personal Ministries & Sabbath School Department of the South Central Ghana Conference (SCGC) under the auspices of the Northern Ghana Union Mission (NOGH), he has won over 1,173 souls through personal evangelistic campaigns.
Apart from this, he has also won over 1, 000 souls through assisted evangelistic efforts to the glorification of God excluding a general evangelistic campaign hosted by International Evangelist, Mark Finley, in the year 2000 at the Center for National Culture Kumasi which saw the baptism of about 12, 000 souls.
HOW IT STARTED & THE SECRET
Pastor Osei-Twum who narrates his success story, recalls that his penchant for gospel ministry began at lower primary at age four.
Born to Abena Anokyewaa and Yaw Osei, Osei-Twum became victim of divorce and had to move from Afosu in the Eastern Region to his home town, Nobewam near Konongo in the Ashanti Region.
Staying at Nobewam at the early stages of the divorce, his Aunt, Sophia Tiwaa who was then a Seventh-day Adventist had been taking him to church and little Osei-Twum was marvelous at the Children’s Sabbath School Class as he could memorize Bible quotations at ease.
The late Elder E. K. Opoku, also Taylor by profession became his mentor and had been taking little Osei-Twum along for house to house Bible studies in the area and Osei-Twum had been sharing his Sabbath School Class studies with his peers in class at school at age eight.
By the time he completed Nobewam Presby Primary School and followed to Nobewam LA Middle School, he had mastered the modus operandi of dawn broadcast and house to house evangelism.
Due to vicious cycle of abject poverty, Osei-Twum could attain his Ordinary Certificate, “O” Level at then Agona SDA Secondary School by miracle and for his noble works noted for his commitment to evangelism, he could complete the then Valley View College (VVC) now Valley View University (VVU) for his Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Theology through the benevolent support of Konongo District of SDA – at a point, harvest was made for during Camp Meeting; all to support his education at the tertiary level.
Before he got admission to VVC, he had assisted Pastor A. A. Boateng to win 44 souls for the opening of a church at New Koforidua, Asante Akyem and also assisted evangelistic campaign by the Konongo District to win 35 souls at Pekyerekye.
Alongside that, he had been preaching in public transport (trotro) “to and fro” Konongo and Nobewam then as a farmer and he wouldn’t feel shy because preaching in public became his hobby.
Also after a month’s evangelism workshop at Agona, he had assisted Pastors Moses Arthur, O. K. Kumah, Amponsah Gyan, B. K. Owusu to evangelize and baptize over 200 souls at Juaso, Obogu, Adumase and Akyease.
As a student at VVC, he assisted Pastor Adama Larmie to hold an evangelistic campaign at Dansoman, baptizing 40 souls at the end.
Also, while at VVC, he held evangelistic efforts at Nobewam and Darnso baptizing 44 and 23 souls respectively. After graduating from his BA Theology, though he helped in baptizing 50 souls at his first station at Behenease near Anwiankwanta, he did his first official soul winning at his second place of posting when he had been called into the Ministry as District Pastor at Kwabenafoso, baptizing 20 people at Brahabebome.
Since then, he has lost count of the number of churches he has personally opened and assisted colleague Ministers to open in his lifetime ministry till now.
His contributions to Adventist Student Associations on evangelism, especially, the Ghana National Association of Adventist Students (GNAAS) on vacation village evangelism are highly commendable.
Many of the big churches existing today in Kumasi and beyond had been as a result of his consistent evangelistic campaigns and others assisting him to grow the churches.
MOTIVATION & CALL TO DUTY
Pastor Osei-Twum feels more motivated to win souls by God’s bidding as enshrined in Ezekiel 3:16-18 to “warn the sinner” to repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand.
“Soul winning is my hobby. One soul to me is very precious just as it is to the Lord. I feel deep pains in me to watch a soul perish without evangelizing to that soul. God will request the blood of the sinner from me if I fail to preach to that sinner for repentance and this pricks my instinct for the need to do evangelism at all times”, he reiterates.
He says the Lord requires that as ministers of the gospel, evangelists, Church leaders and Christians, “we call people from darkness to the marvelous light of the Lord. The Light that we have seen must also be seen by others, and we can only do this by bringing them in”.
He, however, calls on colleague pastors and evangelists never to relent in their efforts to evangelize but every person who calls himself or herself a Christian must be a part of this soul winning ritual.