When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. (Psalm 126:1-3)
A look at the face of Mma Asampana Akayety, on that fateful night after she was picked up by Rev Eastwood Anaba by the leading of the Holy Ghost, and you could tell a psalm not so different from that of the liberated children of Israel, was exuding out of her heart towards Jehovah Zakar – the Lord who Remembers.
If it was a dream, she didn’t want to wake up from it. If it was an illusion, she didn’t want to leave this phantasy world, because the world she had lived in all her life, has been one of pain and sorrow.
Mma Asampana was born into a poor family in Daboya, 25Km away from Bolgatanga. If they had food to eat, it usually wasn’t enough. At a young age, a tumour developed on her right thigh. They couldn’t afford medical care, causing her to have a limp. She got married later in life, but her financial state didn’t get better. They were blessed with three children. She lost her husband and three children under mysterious conditions. Being accused of witchcraft, and not having anyone willing to support her, she moved to Bolgatanga with her aged mother, to beg on the streets and in the market place for a living.
Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but Mma Asampana hath not where to lay her head.
Not long after, she lost her mother – the only company she had at the time. It was then after she got engaged by an oil palm fruit seller, to work every three days for a meager GHC 3.00. The only accommodation available to her was a store which was being used as a Centre for weaving smocks. She slept late in the night when the weavers had closed and left, and woke up very early in the morning before the weavers arrived. She was at the mercy of mosquitoes and other dangerous insects and diseases.
As she groped in the dark trying to find a way out in life, the late Nana Apegyine, then a member of Fountain Gate Chapel – Desert Pastures, Bolgatanga, invited her to church, and she gracefully obliged having lost all hope. She got a new family and company in church, causing her to quickly get committed to attending church services. In all the difficulties she faced, Mma Asampana had a pictorial understanding in her spirit, of the scripture which says “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God…” and nothing was going to shake her faith. She kept her plight to herself. She wouldn’t even talk to church members about her struggles, believing that God will come through for her, and when things got tougher, she could only say, “though ye slay me, yet will I trust you.” She was always in church, and will not miss a major program of the church for anything. It was at one of such programs (Possessing the Land Rally, 2016), Jehovah made a conspicuous and elaborate appearance in her situation. It was a time of her visitation.
A day which begun as a usual day was set to take a supernatural turn. She closed from the market and headed straight for the church, having received GHC 3.00 (her wages for the day) which she was to survive on for the next 3 days. During the service, she was picked up by Rev. Eastwood Anaba by the leading of the Spirit, as she limped down the aisle with GHC 1.00 (out of the GHC 3.00) in her hand to give as an offering unto the Lord.
The man of God requested for offerings from the congregation for her, the congregation responded and an amount of about 2,000 Ghana cedis was raised. Mma Asampana requested that the money be used to build her a sleeping place. Rev. Eastwood got alarmed, when he heard she had no place to lay her head. He immediately sent a team to go see where she spent her nights. After receiving the information, he came back to the church the following day to raise people to put up a single room with a bathroom for her, so that the money raised, and a top up if need be, will be used in establishing a business of her choice for her. By the next day, the plan changed from one-bedroom to a fully furnished two-bedroom house with bathroom, lounge and kitchen.
Rev. and Rev (Mrs.) Eastwood Anaba have placed her on a monthly remittance. Several members of the Body of Christ donated cloths, scarfs, footwear, food and money for her upkeep and maintenance of the house.
Indeed, when the righteous prosper, the city rejoices. Joy has filled the hearts of many, and God has been glorified through the love shown towards Mma Asampana.
Today, the marginalized employee is an employer; The squatter is a landlady; and the outcast has found a dwelling place amongst her own. A true jewel has emerged out of the rubble.
Rev Eastwood Anaba said, “The poor man is the test of the rich man’s heart.” God has another person in mind, as He blesses you. A needy person close by has a portion in your blessing. God had Mma Asampana in mind as He blessed the members of the Body of Christ. Apostle Paul couldn’t have delivered the message in a better way. He said,
And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (2 Corinthians 9:8)
All sufficiency belongs to you, but remember, God has your neighbour in mind.