Months of maneuvering undercover work has unmasked a major, murky and maddening case of a magnanimous mission gone amiss; of a missionary mandate misapplied and muddled up, resulting in a merciless manipulation of man by man and the exploitation of the marginalized by the mighty messiah of Mentukwa, thus making a mockery of the mission.
A telling tale of tyrannical teachings and tutelage that has seen teenagers of our time traded into untimely matrimony under the pretext of an imminent Armageddon, a rapture as has been repeatedly read in the revered and redeeming book of Revelation.
It isn’t that the horrors of the place instantly strike you upon arrival at the camp. No, on the contrary, it looks a fairly normal, sometimes solemn environment.
But, as Shakespeare will observe, “…. every look is not the same..” – Julius Caesar (Act II Scene II); “O! what a goodly outside falsehood hath!” – Merchant of Venice (Act I Scene III) So, having picked up prior intelligence about gross human rights abuses at the camp, the New Crusading GUIDE’s investigative team led by investigative reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas went undercover as Joseph Christ in the temple.
After two and half months of monitoring activities at the worship camp, got a startling insight into the character and modus operandi of the shepherd prophetess whose flock have no right whatsoever to question her ‘prophetic’ authority and decrees.
Somewhere in the middle of Mentukwa’s forest, surrounded by lush green forested hills is the Adventist Pilgrim Prayer Camp. Children in the camp are flogged for the least offence; most of them are denied any form of education and training.
The girls amongst them are forced into marrying men because the ‘almighty’ prophetess so prophesized. Their failure to adhere to prophecies could result in demonic accusations, ceaseless insults and physical, often violent abuse.
Beyond all the beating and accusations, members are not willing to abscond for any reason whatsoever and the reason is simple; the fear that the end time is nigh and that when Jesus Christ comes the second time, they would miss out on the rapture if they happen to be out of the camp. Once they are in the camp, their heavenly salvation is assured.
From the prophetess [Ellen Jesus Christ] through to pastors, elders, women and children in the camp, the basis of the doctrine at the Adventist Pilgrim Prayer Camp, is that, they are all being prepared as worthy ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ as the end time approaches, and that the end time must not meet them in the other world of sins (modern life) and that the rapture must meet them in their camp (Mentukwa) of righteousness where there is no sin.
GROWING IN THE GRACE: HOW IT ALL BEGUN
The story of Adventist Pilgrim Camp started from Ghana’s eastern border town of Aflao. An elder with the group recounts how they worshipped back then as members of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
The church had organized a crusade, during which’s deliverance session one Veronica Agbo (now prophetess Hellen Jesus Christ) was labeled a ‘witch.’ After the particular devil in her had been exorcised, she was repossessed by a ‘divine spirit’, which made her do one miracle to the other. She was also known to have pronounced others as witches and wizards.
According to the elder Lucien Anane, some of Helen Jesus Christ’s prophecies came to pass, leading to some members of the church believing in her ‘powers.’ This led to a rift between her and the leaders of the Seventh Day Adventist Church (Aflao) following which she broke off from the main church and set up the Adventist Pilgrim Camp in the same Aflao.
From Aflao she and her flock moved to Bibiani in the Western Region, after a while there she finally settled at Mentukwa in the Ashanti Region. She surrounded herself with her disciples namely Pastor Paul Jesus Christ (John Agbo), John the Revelator Jesus Christ (Kabode Reynold), Abraham Jesus Christ (Alvins Bluvi), Aaron Christ (Sampson Toto).
Elder Lucien Anane of the [CE] of the Seventh Day Adventist Church that prophetess Ellen broke off from, tells the story to the New Crusading GUIDE [NCG.]
NCG: SO tell me what’s the name of the church, how did it all happen?
CE: Okay, we are SDA [Seventh Day Adventist Church], in actual fact we believe that Jesus Christ would come. But for a specific date that Jesus is coming, the church is not in agreement with that.
It happened that we were having a crusade at Abor, during the crusade the team had fasting and prayer before they go to the meeting. One time they were saying a prayer and all of a sudden, the spirit fell on the woman.
She started chanting about Antoa Nyama deity being in her, saying a lot of things, all this while they were praying for her. After the prayer she claimed shehad been delivered and the spirit of God was in her.
She started seeing visions and gathered people around her seeing visions for others. So we started doing corporate worship and she started pointing at people as witches and wizards in the church.
To us, that was not of the spirit of God, because we know even Jesus who knew every body’s status in this life never pointed at anybody being a witch or wizard.
One of the pioneers of our church is Ellen G. White. She also had this kind of prophecy and revelation, we studied and saw that in her as true but she never openly accused anybody openly.
They were called and cautioned by the church leaders to stop. That kind of prophecy was seen as wrong as per SDA, so they were ‘disfellowshipped’ – sacked from the church – and they packed their things out into the wilderness. This is how the broke off from the church.
NCG: Do you hear what’s happening in the church and how do you feel?
CE: Yes, and we feel very bad. They were once brought and we thought that was the end of it but no …
NCG: What is it about the church that makes you uncomfortable?
CE: Some of us in the church, the ‘visioneering’ her claims that she has visions is something that we see as devilish.
So we feel uncomfortable more so the way she kept mentioning people in the church brought a lot of confusion in the church.
NCG: So elder when is Christ coming?
CE: Christ didn’t put a date or specific time but he asked us to repent especially when we see some signs. Even the angels do not know.
NCG: What do you think about what is happening there
CE: In fact it is truly a headache [the church] when they left us, it is our wish that they’d all come back.
NCG: I thought you were also waiting for the coming of Christ?
CE: Yes we are but that is not how Christ asks that we expect him, he did not state any stipulated time for his coming.
THE YOUNG DISCIPLES OF MENTUKWA
There are a number of young people that we came across during our time in the camp. There are nine minors in the camp; four boys and three girls, who are all steeped in the belief that Jesus Christ is coming and their sure bet for salvation is to stay in the camp when the rapture comes.
This belief is so much entrenched that, Noah Jesus Christ and his twin brother Job Jesus Christ, refused to follow their father back to Aflao some years back for fear that they would end up in hell when Jesus Christ came to earth for the second time and they were not living in the camp. For them salvation was the ultimate thing to seek, even if it meant being deprived of the love and care of a parent.
The minors in the camp were:
Ruth Jesus Christ, 14 years; Priscilla Jesus Christ, 14 year; Racheal Christ, 1 year Emmanuel Jesus Christ, 1 and half years, Martha Jesus Christ, 11 years, Noah Jesus Christ, 17 years, Job Jesus Christ, 17 years, Alexander Jesus Christ, 9 years, Timothy Jesus Christ, 13 years.
Three of them were enrolled into Mmofra Mentukwa DA Primary School as a result of Police caution. However, the headmaster of the school Mr. Hubert Thomas Manu (Chief of Poku krom) says that the kids do not enjoy parental support and guidance towards their education. “I will be happy if these poor kids can be taken away from this bondage” he said.
Noah Jesus Christ, Job Jesus Christ and John the Baptist Jesus Christ. have now expressed the desire to quit the camp that their parents had dumped them into far away from their homes, but they are not allowed to leave the camp as the elders consistently spied on them and their activities to ensure that they do not ran away.
Another hurdle left to scale for them is how to secure salvation if they leave the camp before the rapture occurs. Also if they work for people in the community they are expected to bring their money back to the church
They confided in us that they had to leave their education behind in Aflao and come to Mentukwato worship the Lord.
They tell us that they are able to step out of the camp only when the leader and other members have left for the farm. That is the only time they are able to leave the camp and loiter in the Mentukwa ‘mainland,’ here; as they watch kids in Mmofra Mentukwa DA Primary School, they cannot but help reminisce about their days in school
Below is one such interaction we had with them on why they did not attend school and how they were brought to Mentukwa:
NCG: But why are you not going to school here?
Noah: The elders said that, the Christ second coming has arrive so it is too late that we should go to school
NCG: Is that true?
NCG: What about you, why are you not going to school? Ooh, feel free and talk to me eh
Job: John, John
NCG: I’m your brother why, eh feel free, I’m your brother, or you don’t see me as a brother, hm. why are you not going to school?
John: The coming of Christ has arrive that is why we’re not going to school
NCG: Now, who said the coming of Christ, if Christ comes and you’re going to school, Christ won’t stop you from going to school. You can help me, I want to understand
John: The one who said we should stay in the house and think about God and choose the good choice and, that’s it!
NCG: But let me ask you, do you think it is good not to go to school?
John: I think the idea is good, when we go to school in this time, we cannot take God, we will not think perfectly
NCG: Hmm, aaah, so if you go to school, the school will take too much of your time, you’ll not be able to concentrate on God?
NCG: Hmmm, but what about if God doesn’t come?
John: He promised, so he will come
NCG: But when he comes, you can be in school and he will come or when you’re in school, he won’t come to the school?
John: When we’re in school, and we don’t know the good choice, he’ll leave us and go
NCG: What is the good choice?
John: That is why they said that we should stay in the house and think about God
NCG: So the good choice is to be in the house?
John: No, to think about the lord Jesus Christ
NCG: Why don’t you go to school?
Job: I have come to show you my brother and you’re not talking meanwhile I speak with you very well. Are you feeling shy, Joe, are you feeling shy?
NCG: Joe, I said why is it that you don’t go to school?
Joe: The pastors said, if we go to school, they don’t teach school now, can’t hear, we should stay in the house and think about God. Can’t hear
NCG: They’re making a little noise so wait ok. Have you told them to minimize the noise?
NCG: Why are you not having a phone?
Job: They don’t allow us to use phones.
NCG: Why are they not allowing you to use a phone?
Job: They say when we start using a phone, all our attention will be on the phone and we will forget God
NCG: is that so?
NCG: Ok Job, you were talking, why are not attending school?
Job: My mum said the pastor told them that nowadays, they don’t teach better things in school so we will stay in the house and study the word of God the way Christ came and died for us, then we will study good life in order to attain Heaven. That is why they don’t allow us to go to school.
NCG: But have you told the pastor that you want to go to school?
Job: At first, we were at Aflao when our aunt brought us here. They told us we will go to school but when we came, they said we would not attend school anymore.
NCG: As you are not attending again, what do you do; what do you do there?
Job: We only worship.
NCG: worship and what? Do you work?
Job: we do farming
NCG: whom do you farm for?
Job: for ourselves
NCG: do you always do? Is this Noah?
NCG: Noah, what do you always do?
Job: we don’t do anything. We just go to our farms and come and worship.
NCG: so what does the pastor always tells you?
Job: He says Christ will come again. So we should lead a good life.
NCG: so you don’t go to school because Christ is coming again?
NCG: will Christ not be happy when he comes and see you in school?
Job: They say when we go to school right now, our attention will be drawn away from the word of God and we will follow worldly things so it is when we stay in the house that we will get time for the word of God.
NCG: when you get the opportunity, will you go to school?
Job: please no.
NCG: you won’t go school? Why?
Job: we have agreed on what they have told us.
NCG: what of you, when you get the opportunity, will you go to school?
Job: I have to think about it.
NCG: You have to think about? What of Job? Job?
NCG: Will you go to school when you get the opportunity?
Job: Everyone has said his, you too say yours. He says will you go to school when given the opportunity?
Noah: Yes I will go.
Source: New Crusading Guide