New England Woman’s Missionary Union President Reflects on Spiritual Journey From Ghana to U.S.

LEOMINSTER, Mass. — When Doris Opoku and her family immigrated to the United States from Ghana in 2008, they had no idea what ministry opportunities God had in store for them.

Since that time, in addition to becoming U.S. citizens, Doris was elected Woman’s Missionary Union president for the six-state Baptist Convention of New England and her husband, Seth Opoku, was named president of the North American Baptist Association of the Ghana Baptist Convention, one of several ethnic fellowships affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention.

Doris balances her WMU leadership responsibilities, including serving on the National WMU Executive Board, with her roles as a pastor’s wife, mother of five and a certified nursing assistant at a group home for the elderly.

Seth, a Baptist minister while in Ghana, was called as the first pastor of United Faith Baptist Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, after arriving in the States. He currently is the bivocational pastor of LifeWay Baptist Church International in Leominster, Massachusetts.

During a Sunday morning message at LifeWay International’s small storefront sanctuary, Pastor Opoku reminded his congregation, “The choices you make today will determine your destiny tomorrow.” That is a truth that the Opokus have learned firsthand on their spiritual journey.

Affirming that “your destiny is in your hands,” he emphasized that the most significant decision is to “allow Jesus to be your Master and Savior for life.”

When the Opokus left their homeland to pursue the hope of greater opportunities in the U.S., “it was my husband who applied and went to school because he wanted to further his education,” Doris explained. He went on to earn his master’s degree from Clark University in Worcester.

More than a decade later, “the benefits are mostly for the kids,” she added. “There are more opportunities here, especially since education here is more advanced and very good for them.”

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Source: Baptist Press