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Ryan Ofei

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“Hi my name is Ryan Ofei, I am a 22 year old Carleton student who loves God”

One of my earliest childhood memories involves me at age 6 in Ghana, West Africa. I grew up watching preachers and worship concerts….a little different right? At that age I could remember a burning desire leading me to sing. It was as if it was coming out of me and I was being suppressed. I was telling my mother, “mommy I want to sing”. Her reply was an irritated no, but after much persistence she gave in and she was so astonished that I was good, that she invited all her friends in the neighbourhood to come hear me.
From that time on I kept singing at churches but my passion and encounter with the things of God were at an all time low. At 18 I moved from The GTA  to Ottawa and began school at Carleton University. On my 19th birthday I escaped an accident that almost took my life. After this event I couldn’t help but praise God and realize how close He was to me, even when I running away. I began to get more involved and find out who this God, really was to me. At age 20, my best friend and Pastor, Kofi Dartey accepted God’s call to start a ministry on our campus called Campus Rush. I remember him sitting down with me in my meadowlands summer home that I was subletting at the time. He said, “I want you to lead the worship team”. I almost laughed, but then I saw he was serious. He went on to say it won’t be easy and we may loose friends along the way. I told him that I was in 100% as my spirit locked with the vision immediately.
I released an acoustic EP named Kairos Moment on my 20th birthday. The Campus Rush Music collective consists of worship leaders who are passionate about witnessing this generation on fire for God. I have had the privilege of leading the worship team alongside pastor Sewa Ayoola. Our group is now over 20 members and has been together for 2 years and have sparked a revolution on campuses at Carleton University and UOttawa. Campus Rush Music has now held two “discharge” events, which are essentially worship nights held in the enemy’s territory. Whether a club or a school theatre, we are unashamed to declare the name of Jesus. Our unconventional approach and faith has led to many souls being won to the kingdom. Under CRM, I have been privileged with releasing two group albums named Young on Fire (2015) and Secret Place (2016). I thank God everyday for allowing me to find purpose and achieve destiny.
In this short time span, I can truthfully say God has transformed my life. The passion I carry for singing is now greater than ever before. The revelation of who God is to me  is as deep as recognizing Him as the source of my next breath. I have come to an understanding that we are called to live out our worship. We are called to bring Glory to the King in all that we do. I am now understanding the key to a deeper walk is not in getting more of God, but in giving more of ourselves. It is for this reason that I jump as high as I can and sing as loud as I can. My worship is my sacrifice to the Lord. I know sometimes I may look crazy… But hey it got me featured on this blog… Ahaha
2016 has been a great year for me personally. Elohim has really worked many miracles for me, proving himself as Yahweh Yireh. Within the past couple months, I have received provision and favour that I never imagined. I want to return all the Glory to God. He has truly shown me that the tests we face are for our good.

Upcoming!

Things to look forward to for the remainder of 2016 are the “Jesus in the City” concert on June 25th. The team has been called to minister for a set in the heart of downtown Toronto at what is one of Canada’s largest Christian events. As well we are releasing the revival single on the 25th of June. I will be leading worship June 30th to July 3rd at the Young on Fire conference at Campus Rush which will be a powerful time in Gods presence. The last major plan is in the works. I am working on a project entitled songs of deliverance. the expected release date is November 30th. The songs will be in two fold, deliverance from oppressing and dark forces as well as songs of joy and freedom in the exodus.

 

Kori Lives

Passion Feature

Kori lives

Kori Liversage, who goes by the alias of Kori Lives, is a free-verse writer and self-proclaimed philosopher that consistently shares her passion and inspiration to the world around her. Kori has been a strong writer since a young age and the class-clown since even earlier. She began fusing her hobbies of being on stage as the MC of events and writing together when she came to Ottawa for school in 2014. She began performing her own poetry at Urban Legends poetry slams and other open mic’s at Café Nostalgica, Live on Elgin and other local establishments. Kori’s style of writing is thought-provoking and blunt, while maintaining an eloquent undertone. Her main muses are mother earth, human interactions and time travel. Kori hopes to link people together with her words, by voicing some controversial thoughts and being the odd-one out at times. She believes that sharing her outlooks can perhaps allow to expand their views, and gain the courage to speak openly as well. You can check out her poetry page, which features her own poems, local events that her or her friends will be performing at, and her taste in other art genres.

https://www.facebook.com/korilivess/

Do not fall in love with a writer.
We will capture your flaws and turn them into metaphors.
We will recount on simple pleasantries and morph them into hyperboles.
We will sort through our memories and manifest them into stanzas.
We will take everything you are and spin it into rhymes.
Do not fall in love with a writer.
We do not forget anything because our minds are like sponges.
We mix our canvases of nostalgia with mediums of wishful thinking, and you are our muse.
We stay up late at night perfecting the art of loving you through our words.
We give you old crumpled napkins and receipts from our dates covered in smeared adorations for you to keep.
Do not fall in love with a writer.
We will be able to turn you into something you are not.
We will create a lover from the depths of our mind.
We will fall in love with our own creations, rather than what you really are.
Do not fall in love with a writer.
We will continue loving you long after you have receded back into the universe.
We will speak highly of you, after we spew out our abandonment, for years to come.
We will keep our love alive indefinitely, and if that frightens you
Well
Then you’re not worthy of falling in love with a writer.