Each month a member of the Edify Team from around the globe will be reflecting on how God transforms our lives when we choose to follow Him. This month, Michael Adu-Carol, Ghana’s Christian Transformation and Training Officer, discusses how God has rewritten and is currently rewriting his story.
Growing up, many factors stood in my way to receiving a proper education, yet God has and is still re-writing my story for His glory. I grew up in a broken family and never knew my father. My grandmother and uncle raised me while my mother worked in Accra. I did not meet my mother until I was 15 years old.
In 1999 I had to drop out of school for a time due to a lack of financial resources and begin selling in the market to feed myself. My plan of being educated became only a dream and not a reality. Things changed when the Lord led me into contact with two friends who would motivate me to complete my education and help support me financially.
I went back to school in 2002. Shortly after, I accepted Jesus as my Saviour and Lord. I then become part of a team of student leaders who organized the school worship every Wednesday. My Christian life in this school began to grow speedily. I joined the Scripture Union Group and rose to become the first student chaplain in my school.
“What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9 (NIV)
The love and plans of God for my life through all the trials amazes me today. In August 2009 after my education at Accra Technical Training Centre as an electrical engineer, I felt strongly that God was calling me into youth ministry, and Scripture Union organization was the appropriate place to serve.
I have served as a leader in various youth ministries in the Accra Region ever since and in 2012, I had the opportunity to participate in a Discipleship and Leadership Summit in Nigeria where more than 40 countries from all over the world were represented. It was in that meeting that I felt convinced in my spirit that I have not been called into full-time pastoral ministry rather into youth ministry with the message of transformation and revival.
My transition from Scripture Union into Edify was divinely orchestrated. I didn’t qualify for the Edify work on paper. However, I knew I was being called to this work of Edify and to encourage schools in their Christian Transformation activities. I applied to Edify with the full assurance from God that I would be picked.
My working journey in Edify has greatly impacted my life and has given me another opportunity to be more passionate about seeking the transformation of children and youth through the word of God, prayer and Christ-centered living. I have come to the realization that, life is about Christ and nothing else.
One of Edify’s core values I love most is the Commitment to Prayer; which encourages every staff member of Edify to join in prayer time for 30 minutes on Mondays to pray for the work, proprietors, training and lending partners as well as sponsorship and donors, etc. This core value has increased my commitment to my personal prayer life and has helped me to believe that God indeed heeds to the prayers of His children.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. ” Isaiah 55:8-9
Even through all that I have been through, God continually showed me He has plans for my life beyond anything I could imagine. He is still re-writing my story.
TO GOD ALONE BE THE GLORY,
Michael Adu-Carol (Transformationist)
Christian Transformation and Training Officer
Ashanti Region – Kumasi, Ghana.
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