8-01-15- The Regent Community received a good dose of inspiration during last week’s Chapel Service, when it hosted the renowned international evangelist, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh.
As the first Chapel Service of the New Year; students and staff from the University’s various satellite campuses gathered together at the Multipurpose Hall of the City Campus, for a time of fellowship, thanksgiving, prayer, and a faith-building message.
Reading from the book of Deuteronomy 9:1-7, Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh recounted the biblical account of the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt to the land God had promised them. Based on the scripture reading, He extracted and shared lessons on taking new ground, overcoming obstacles, maximizing potential and attaining a God-given vision.
Drawing from his life experiences as a student, international relations practitioner, and later a Minister, he spoke of how each stage in a person’s life was a preparation ground for the next stage. He opened up about how his travels around the world as an international relations practitioner, equipped him to relate, and understand the unique needs of people from different societal backgrounds, when he launched out into Christian ministry.
For those contemplating moving into new ventures, and expanding into new territories in the New Year, He shared bible-based keys to ensure success:
He charged students and staff to be diligent in their endeavours and not to take opportunities, life events and responsibilities for granted. “If you want to possess the land, make sure you don’t leave any stone unturned” he emphasized.
Identify the error/anomaly:
"Anything you tolerate, you cannot change”, he stressed. We must apply ourselves to identifying and correcting negative patterns around us.
Don’t be moved by what you see:
A team of spies were sent to go and explore the land that God had promised the children of Israel, and bring back a report to the people of Israel. In the course of their exploration, they discovered there were giants inhabiting the luscious land (Numbers 13:20). The spies, intimidated by what they saw, returned with a report which focused on the threats associated with acquiring the land (that is, the presence of giants) as against the opportunity that was staring the Israelites in the face. This undoubtedly, induced fear in those who heard the report. Caleb, unperturbed by what seemed to be an impossible situation, stood firm, and challenged the people of Israel to go ahead and take possession of this land God had promised them. “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” (Numbers 13: 30).
Against the backdrop of this bible scripture, Rev. Tetteh encouraged members of the Regent community to not be swayed by obstacles and constraints, in the pursuit of their dreams. He served a reminder that drawing strength from Jesus Christ, we can do all things (Philippians 4:13).
Learn to show appreciation: Participants were encouraged to learn to thank God in all things. Even in the midst of calamity.
Keep Trusting in God: Dr. Tetteh emphasized the need to maintain faith in God, trusting that God’s promises will be fulfilled in our lives. This according to him would enable a person possess his or her promised land.
Be like the Chinese Bamboo Tree:
The message was climaxed with the story of the Chinese Bamboo tree. The Chinese Bamboo seed, he indicated, shows very little signs of growth at its initial stage, even when provided with the right climactic conditions and nurturing. After a couple of years, it suddenly begins to grow rapidly.
He urged members of the Regent Ghana community to be firmly rooted in their life’s journey, developing the necessary spiritual foundations that would ensure significant growth and development in the future.
"The message was really inspiring”, said Daniel Oko Tetteh, alumni coordinator at Regent. “I feel challenged to be even more daring in the pursuit of my ambitions”.