January 11, 2021
By Jariatu S. Jusu
The Bethel World Outreach Ministries International has on Sunday changed its name to Harvest Intercontinental Ministries Unlimited (HIM-U) effective January 1st 2021 in order to reach out to more souls about Jesus Christ.
According to the Founder and Presiding Bishop Darlington G. Johnson,for the past 30years they have been in the house of God for too long and it’s now time to go out to the field to win more souls and for people to have personal relationship with God.
He said for the past 30 years God has allowed Bethel to be actively involved in the sharing of the word of Jesus Christ around the world.
“We have taken greater mission seriously and have used our time, resources and human equity into helping people to discover Jesus, grow in their faith and making their impact upon this world as serving others in His name. For the past 30years, God has allowed us to serve people in diligence. From ordinary people living in homes made with mud to world leaders living in Presidential residents and palaces,” he said.
Bishop Johnson stated that God has helped them in building schools, supporting orphanages, preparing the next generation leaders.
He added that, By the grace of God, Bethel has planted more than 350 fellowship centers in Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, South America and North America.
He noted that effective January 1st, 2021, they will no longer be known as Bethel World Outreach Ministries but Harvest Intercontinental Ministries Unlimited, adding that the six extraordinary leaders have committed themselves with their wives to support the vision and mission of the church.
He said the six diocesan Bishops across the world came together to do the change of name in order to ensure that no one dies in the world without Jesus Christ.
According to the 2nd Diocesan Bishop for Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria, Bishop Julius Laggah, the decision to change from Bethel World Outreach Ministries International to Harvest Intercontinental Ministries Unlimited was not taken lightly and throughout the course of the transition, they have adhered to the guidelines of their constitution.
He said the church still remains the same, same leadership, same doctrine but just a name change.
“We are truly excited about the next 30 years, and as we move from Bethelites to Harvesters, we are renewing our commitment to help create a world where no one lives or dies without Christ. Our new name is both a prophetic revelation and a faith declaration of our purpose and destiny. Each word is significant. Harvest speaks of our mission, Intercontinental of our scope and Ministries of our method and Unlimited of our God,” he said.
He stated that as a church, they believe that every person is loved by God and God desires a personal relationship with them through Jesus, adding that they are on a mission to bring the message of Jesus Christ to the whole world.
A representative of the body of Christ Sierra Leone, Rev. Dr. Osman Jesse Fornah, said the leadership of Bethel World Outreach Ministries in Sierra Leone lead by Bishop Laggah has been one of the most denominations in the nation and has been a propounded one
He said Bishop Laggah has built on the respect and responsibilities that has been given to him and his positive attitude to the body of Christ has been exemplary to many. He said the change of name is a fact of growth and large crowd of unsaved souls and the need for more harvesters of Christ on the field.
He noted that no single one can win people to Christ without the support of each other including the body of Christ.
“The Harvest is huge, no single man can win all to Christ. Please join the association to win Sierra Leone for Jesus,” he pleaded.