Vida Asamoah Mainoo has set out her priorities for the GMF Junior Fellowship. In an interview with the GMF communication team, Sis Vida Mainoo who accepted the challenge to set up GMF Sunday school in 2004, and continues to be in charge has outlined her 5 points vision which includes “mini all night prayers” for the youth.
It was in 2004 when the then president of Susanna Wesley Mission Auxiliary (SUWMA), Mrs Grace Acheampong asked Sis Vida Mainoo if she could set up GMF Sunday school which she gladly accepted. The GMF Sunday school now known as Junior Fellowship recently celebrated its 10 anniversary, with Sis Vida Mainoo, the founding teacher still at the realm of affairs. We asked sis Vida to share her thought about the work of the Junior Fellowship.
- What motivated you most to accept to be GMF Sunday school teacher ten years ago?
From a very early age I’ve always loved children and wanted to have a positive input on the future generations. GMF Sunday School was another platform for me to achieve that.
2. Do you remember your first lesson?
Very well. I remember the first lesson entitled “How to use the Bible and Prayer”. Prayer being the most significant avenue to hear from God, and using the tools effectively to help a child know they can pray any time and anywhere.
3. Ten years on what are your personal highs and lows?
I think I can sum this up in one chapter. In 2009 I fell down some stairs and broke my ankle. I had no choice but to be off from work and all duties for 2 months. I had never been on crutches before either! Although this may have been seen as a disadvantage, it was in this period that I was able to be at home and laminate all the bookmarks the children had made to raise funds for the Rafiki Orphange. That very situation taught me God always has a plan, and he will see you through!
4. Apart from the Sunday school and the mission trips, what other children/youth activity would you want GMF to consider?
Funds permitting, Children’s mini retreats, within UK. There are many organisations which have these facilities for children. This will expand their knowledge of God and have fun at the same time.
5. Do you think the Junior Fellowship needs more teachers and what could GMF do to attract more volunteers?
The junior fellowship is now under the umbrella of GMF and so, I have in the past, requested one volunteer from each fellowship/organisation within the GMF. It could be a position in each fellowship as Junior Fellowship rep on yearly rotation basis. This will help existing teachers to have sabbatical and also for others to benefit from teaching and be involved in the mission trips.
6. Do you think there would always be volunteers or you foresee a future where the GMF will have to pay people to teach the Sunday school?
I don’t think we should entertain cash payment for such a role. We have to ask ourselves, will we be attracting the right people for the teaching and skills to care for children.
7. What necessitated the change of name from children/youth to junior fellowship?
Our children simply grew up! The founding members of GMF Sunday school are now in their teens and early 20’s. The revised name also encourages the transition to the main GMF. As well as teaching from 3 years old!
8. If you’re to make a five year plan for the junior fellowship what would be your five main priorities?
- Giving the children more platforms to learn more about Christ.
- Financially sufficient for more recreational activities
- Create ‘mini’ all night prayers for the youth and enhance prayer time with the young ones.
- More interaction with junior worshippers in Ghana.
- For Junior Fellowship to grow and create a Music School.
9. Do you have a personal ambition to become GMF SUWMA President one day?
Ha ha ha! Maybe in about 10 years time! I’m still learning and would like to be fully committed. Thank you for holding me in high esteem.
Sis Vida Mainoo- founder of GMF Sunday school
Interview by Felix Adoko Otabil