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Can You Hear the Angels Sing? is more than a memoir on grace, faith and healing in West Africa, it’s a musical glimpse into the breath of the miraculous, and the heart of a man who has given everything for his country. In October 2010, Professor and Pastor Seth Ayettey was assaulted in his home. Shot and left for dead, he and his family experienced a series of miracles that culminated in a choir of angels. Now you can read his memoir on experiencing the best and worst of mankind, and how he uses grace to save lives.

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  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php 1
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php Can You Hear The Angels Sing? Preview Edition: First Three Chapters by Rev. Prof. Seth Ayettey 2
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php Copyright 2013 by Seth Ayettey All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review. Chief Editing by: Melissa Ratajczak Ratel Cover Design by Flyheart Creative www.yheart-creative.com Printed in Canada First Printing, 2013 ISBN 978-0-9921188-0-8 Vraeyda LIterary A Subsidiary of Vraeyda Multimedia Incorporated 9131 207B Street Langley, BC V1M 2P5 www.vraeydamedia.ca literary@vraeydamedia.ca Ordering Information: Quantity sales. Special discounts are available on quantity purchases by corporations, associations, and others. For details, contact the publisher at the address above. 3
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php Acknowledgements To my loving Father and my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, I offer my whole heart, soul, spirit and being in thanksgiving, adoration and worship. The team of health professionals that managed me including Rev. Dr. Abednego Addo, Dr. Henry Holdbrook-Smith, Dr. Eugenia Lamptey, Professor Geore Amoah, Professor Eddie Yeboah, Dr. Ernest Aniteye and Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng treated me royally. We owe a debt of gratitude to them and to the nurses, physiotherapists, pharmacists, technologists, orderlies, security ofcers and drivers who looked after us. Our children Hannah, Mary, Sarah, Ruth and Naakai as well as our in-laws blessed us. My sister Regina and my cousin Mr. Adjemang Hammond and his wife Rev. Korkor Hammond supported us for months caring for Naakai. Barbara Baeta Bentsi-Enchill of Flair Catering, Victoria Seidu of UNA Agencies, Dr. Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills (former First Lady), Dr. Mrs. Adelaide Kastner of the University of Ghana Business School and several too numerous to mention showed how much they loved us with their tears. Our family at Faith Presbyterian Church including the children at the School also laid down their lives for us. The President of World Vision International, Kevin Jenkins rallied the world-wide family of friends in prayer. He also personally visited me in Accra. Cecilia and I are grateful to him, to Roberto Oliviera, former Chair of the World Vision International Board and to the rest of the Board, management and staff of World Vision International for their prayers and comfort. This book could not have been produced without the contributions of editor Melissa Ratel, who worked tirelessly with a team of reviewers including Dan Sullivan, Joey Wilson, David and Julie Phlegar, Jim Thomas, Liz Smythe, Donna Shepherd and George Savvides. Cecilia and I are greatly indebted to them and to the music team that produced the CD of the hymns sang by the Angels. 4
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php In appreciating his friendship, genuine love and sacrices for Ghana and the world and his practical demonstration of living faith in Christ Jesus, this book is dedicated to the memory of His Excellency Professor John Evans Fii Atta Mills, former President of Ghana who died on the 24th July 2012. He and his wife Mrs. Ernestina Naadu Mills visited me in hospital and supported us in practical ways. Seth Ayettey October 5, 2012 5
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php Preface: My Encounter with God in a Storm After October 6, 2010, I should be referred to best as a dead man walking. Five profes- sional robbers forcibly entered my home in Accra, threatened my familys lives, stole our valuables and shot me in the leg. The physical, emotional and psychological trauma from that event remains indelible in our minds, try as we would to forget. We had come face to face with evil. On October 10th 2010 while I lay ghting for my life in Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, I had a supernatural encounter with God. Precisely on my birthday, God sent His ministering angels to sing to me for a period of two weeks. The rst prompting to write this book came not from me but from those that heard the story of our attack. We received scores of visitors daily for several months. Some came to the hospital, while others visited our home to commiserate with Cecilia and care for our daughter Naakai. They came in shock and disbelief. How could they come to terms with a minister of the Gospel, a doctor and professor at the University being a target of a violent armed robbery? Those experienced in intelligence gathering wondered if this was pure robbery. Quite a number including our police friends were of the opinion that this was an assassination attempt. They offered security tips to help protect us. As tradition demanded, we shared our story with each group. We spoke with Pastors, ministers, members of government, and Faith Presbyterian Hospital Church staff. They were convinced an extraordinary event had taken place not only from what I shared but also from what they saw of us. Some expected to see me dejected and depressed. Others expected weeping and sorrow. On the contrary, they observed the peaceful and tranquil life God had given to enable us to go 6
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php through such a traumatic ordeal. Invariably, some would remark, we came to comfort you but you rather have comforted and strengthened us. Our visitors left us refreshed and relieved, adding assurances that the God who had been with us at the beginning would help us through the recovery. God used many of our caring visitors to provide our needs in abundance and to comfort and pray with us. Among those that visited and felt strongly that I should document my experience was a renowned African poet, University of Ghana, Professor Atukwei-Okai. He said God had chosen me to go through this suffering for the purpose of revealing His glory. Since 1991 I have had a draft manuscript of a book titled The Living and Powerful Presence of God, telling some amazing stories of Gods personal revelations, and what I have seen through my own research as an anatomist on the ne structure of mammalian and nonmammalian heart muscle and how the anatomical features reveal specic functional design. When Professor Atukwei Okai made his remarks, I knew Gods time had come for the book to be written, but not with the original plan. Being conned to the house for months and without teaching or preaching responsibilities I had the time. It was a divinely ordained sabbatical. October 6th also marks for me a beginning of a renewed mission to minister to children and young people around the world. The ve young men who confronted us in our bedroom did not evoke hatred in our hearts. We were lled with grief over their lives. Their sad lives prompted us to seek to reach out to children and young people with the message of the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. The same hands that the evil one uses to steal, kill and destroy could be hands transformed to save and build others. The pain and suffering God allowed in my life has enabled greater compassion for others, including victims and perpetrators of crime. 7
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php In the special circumstances of your life, may this book be a blessing to you, to help you know God loves you and He will be with you in the struggles and challenges in your life. Take seriously His promise and without doubting that He will never leave you or forsake you. May He reveal Himself to you in ways that will deepen your faith. May His word dwell richly in you and may He help you to trust Jesus Christ and Him only and always. As you experience God this way, may your life be lled with His peace that transcends all human experience. May you also share with others what you have experienced of Gods abiding presence in your life. God bless you and yours more richly. Sincerely, Seth Ayettey 8
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php Hark! hark, my soul! angelic songs are swelling, o'er earth's green elds and ocean's wave-beat shore: how sweet the truth those blessd strains are telling of that new life when sin shall be no more. Frederick William Faber, 1854 9
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php Chapter 1: The Presence of God in the Storm Begone unbelief, my Saviour is near, And for my relief will surely appear: By prayer let me wrestle, and He wilt perform, With Christ in the vessel, I smile at the storm. John Newton, 1779 10
  • Preview Edition: To Purchase Book go to vraeydamedia.ca/store.php The golden tropical sunrise glowed over the mango trees in my garden on the pleasant October morning in Accra, Ghana. The West African sun beamed down in tranquil rays onto my courtyard garden, my familys dogs and their newborn pups. It was a bastion for devotional contemplation as I arrived early to the ofce at Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, kneeling in my hab