“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal. 2:20).
“And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. ” (Rev 14:13)
With a sorrowful yet steady heart do we announce the passing of our beloved Apostle-Elder Kanok (Enoch) Ofori, our Founder and President.On October 12, 2007, Elder “put off this tabernacle,” as the Apostle Peter puts it, and went into eternal glory (2 Peter 1:13-14). The Akans of Ghana would say “Odunpon atutu”; that is to say, “A mighty tree has fallen”. Apostle Ofori was a giant for God’s truth, a talented Bible teacher and a great miracle worker. Forty years ago, he took a decision to heed God’s call to feed His flock and never once looked back. Elder spent the greater part of His life in the ministry—a life well spent in bringing many to deliverance in Jesus the Messiah through the preaching of the sound doctrine and the demonstration of His power to save!
Like all great men of God, he fits into the mould of ‘the reluctant prophet’, who finds God’s call on his life an intrusion into his plans but is powerless to duck out of it!
Called by the Lord in the prime of his youth (25 years old) right after college, Elder conveniently decided to pursue his own plans, but each one of them—an attempt to set up a school and then work for an insurance company—hit the wall.
But on giving it all up to pursue his life’s mission, he faced an even greater challenge: His father stood in his way—bitterly opposed to his becoming a minister of the gospel. He eventually left his father’s house to follow his heavenly vision.
In 1967, Elder founded a Pentecostal Church called Christ Holy Church, amid trials of his faith and heavy anointing from the Lord.
By 1970, his patience had been perfected (James 1:14). The Lord had miraculously brought him into contact with Bro. L.A. Higley and Elder G.C Gray, two teachers from the Association of 7th Day Pentecostal Assemblies in the USA for whom the Lord had earlier told him to wait.
In March of the same year, Elder Ofori entered into affiliation with Elder Gray’s Church, and his Christ Holy Church was renamed and registered as Association of 7th Day Pentecostal Assemblies in Ghana.
From humble beginnings, Elder over the years steered the Association of 7th Day Pentecostal Assemblies into a powerhouse of truth and deliverance. By sheer faith in God’s unfailing promises and the power of His might, he came through fire to establish a ministry that is today impacting lives around the world.
He leaves an awesome legacy. A prolific writer, he was the author of several hundred publications and an outspoken preacher who never feared to speak the truth and expose error. When it comes to miracles, he was a wonder to behold with thousands of people having received deliverance (many by phone-borne prayers) by his hand. He paid his due and goes to the Father to rest in the bosom of Abraham with his works in tow (Rev. 14:13). He fought the good fight, finished his course and kept the faith. He only awaits the crown of righteousness which the Lord, the Righteous Judge, shall give him—along with all the faithful—on that GLORIOUS DAY – 2 Tim. 4:7-8.
Farewell, Great Man of God. We will surely meet in the Kingdom.
Elder was 70. He is survived by his wife, Sis. Grace Ofori and four children.