The 250 capacity church was packed by church members, friends and relatives of the late Mother Esther Nyanmoh Weah and his children, including her son, Daily Observer’s reporter Leroy M. Sonpon, lll.
The gathering at the New Jerusalem Temple-Calvary Redemption Church of God Mountain Assembly Inc, Logan Town, Monrovia last Friday was the venue of the celebration of her life, after thirty fives if service to the Lord, mourners were told.
And amid songs, including her favorite ones that the Kru Mass Choir filled the church, the tear of a long mourner seemed insignificant. Especially when the Choir, which the deceased was a member, gave her several goodbye renditions, she had requested before her death to say goodbye.
But admitting the late Mother Esther Nyanmoh Weah had prepared for her journey, Bishop Benjamin Doe-Wion, speaking on the theme: ‘Be Prepared, Not To Be Too Late,’ told the gathering to remember that life is a borrowed gift from God.
“Your life belongs to someone,” he told the congregation, “so when the time comes, he would ask for it.” Therefore, he said they should be prepared, like Mother Esther Nyanmoh Weah, when the time comes.
In a remarkable demonstration to get his message across, a shovel was dramatically produced, and sweeping it from left to right, Bishop Doe-Wion urged them to remember that “the shovel would come down to earth one day, for each of us.”
The funeral discourse was mixed with intermittent songs by the Kru Mass Choir, which became part of the celebration of the deceased’s home-going.
Quoting the Bible book of Amos 4:14, resident Bishop Doe-Wion, filled with an apparent divine energy, hammered his message home, with occasional drawing of the attention of the congregation to the wholesome sacrifices of a woman who did so much for the church on account of the Lord Jesus Christ.
And with repeated urgings from the large crowd, Bishop Doe-Wion said God sent Amos to declare his message to a people who were on the wrong side, and had forgotten about Him.
With references to Paul the apostle, the resident bishop said no one could mock God because in the end, “we reap what we sow,” and therefore told the congregation to decide in their preparation to worship God, and not before it is too late.
He told them that there is no repentance in the grave, neither is forgiveness also.
With a little diversion, he encouraged them to legalize their relationships, and pointed out that if a relationship goes on for twenty years without the benefit of marriage, it displeases God.
Earlier, the Kru Mass Choir had rendered one of the deceased’s favorites, “One by One,” in which it was explained that the living leaves the this world not at the same time, “but one by one.”
This was re-echoed by Bishop Doe-Wion, who said people have died through many ways, in their sleep, accident, at workplaces, sickness and fire, and pointed to a fire incident that killed eight family members in Monrovia last week.
Mother Esther Nyanmoh Weah, 59, was born on September 19, 1955 and died September 19, 2014 after a protracted illness.
Among other honors she earned were founding member, national queen, youth president, national ladies president and member of the church’s executive board.
She is survived by her mother, Nancy Ballah Chea, 77, and eight children: Oscar Sackie, Leroy M. Sopon, lll, Matthew W. Sonpon, Patricia Sonpon-Martu, Alvin Dixon, Sylvester Swen Dixon, Geleyah Carlor and Samuel Carlor and several grandchildren.
Internment of her mortal remains followed the service at Kebbar, Bardnersville, outside Monrovia.