Tribute to Uncle TB by Rev. Dr. Richard Gadzekpo “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”— Abraham Lincoln From this perspective, I want to acknowledge the great impact Uncle TB Dankwa made on many lives across the generations. When I became the National Director of GHAFES, two burdens always kept me awake at midnight -how do we make disciples and how do we fund the ministry? I recall with great nostalgia when we approached him to establish and name a Mission Fund and Public Lecture after him (i.e the TB Dankwa Mission Fund and Public Lecture) in memory of his heart for missions and the legacy he left behind, he initially did not want to. But as it is known of him, in humility his first response was, “Richard why me? There are many others, Virginia and I will pray about it and get back to you.” He sure did get back to us with a positive response and a seed money of 10,000 Ghana Cedis. He and Mama Virginia felt humbled that the Board decided to name this important aspect of GHAFES life and ministry in his honor and memory. I experienced Uncle as a man of prayer, humility, and simplicity. Uncle TB had genuine passion for young people and with a commitment to leaving a legacy of making a difference, transforming lives, and impacting generations unborn. So, as we mourn and yet celebrate his death, we want to encourage others, especially the young ones to emulate the life and ministry of the late Uncle TB Dankwa.  If there is any way by which we really will want to perpetuate his memory expressing our appreciation, then it is what he stood for and loved to do – to see that GHAFES continues to make disciples and to see that 100 years and beyond till Christ’s return on earth that GHAFES will still exist, helping people to know Christ as they know Him. You can partner with GHAFES as we perpetuate his memory through the TB Dankwa Mission Fund and Public Lecture. So, I want to challenge you, I’m not being facetious in any way. Please go to https://ghafes.org/give/ and kindly give a donotation to support Uncle TB’s desire to see GHAFES raise One million Ghana cedis (GHC1,000,000.00) toward the TB Dankwa Mission Fund. Uncle TB was a man of prayer. I believe that if GHAFES has a platform that continues to call people to prayer for and on behalf of the ministry, it is because of the persistency of Uncle TB. Each time I visited him he asked the question, “so when are we bringing back the prayer bulletins on our WhatsApp platforms.” He was a man of prayer who always desired to see people pray. . I was on his prayer list and from time to time he will text and check on me after I left for the United States. The last thing that touches my heart most is whenever he came across anything pertaining to ewes, Uncle TB Dankwa will send it to me in the USA via WhatsApp and say, “Richard, have you seen this?” He knew how to care and maintain relationships. Each time we exchange text messages he will always ask, “How is Noreen (my wife) doing?” He met my wife only once but never forgot her name. He was a people person.  My one year stay with GHAFES would not have been a success without Uncle TB’s support and prayers. To the family, we want to say earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot soothe. So, I pray the Lord will soothe your sorrow because parting is always painful. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away – Isaiah 35:10 (NKJV).

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