Rev. David C Vespa
September 27, 1939 – March 13, 2019
Rev. David C. Vespa, 79, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, after a long illness. His ministry with the Assemblies of God spanned 58 years, including 40 years (1966 – 2006) as a foreign missionary in Ghana, W. Africa. He served in Bible College ministry, in training of pastors and church leaders, along with church planting.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Maryann Vespa, daughter Valerie Killin and her husband Wade, daughter Brenda Mahar and her husband Rev. Pat Mahar, son David Vespa and his wife Julie, six grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at Victory Church, 1401 Griffin Rd., Lakeland, Florida on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019. Visitation will begin at 10 am, the service will start at 11 am, followed by the interment at Glen Abby Memorial Gardens, Auburndale, Florida.
Victory Church will live stream the service for those who are unable to attend. A connection can be made by going to www.victorylakeland.org.
In lieu of flowers, Dave has requested that donations be made to a new work that has opened in northwestern Ghana, where the people have never heard the gospel. Donations can be made to: AGWM (Assemblies of God World Missions) 1445 Boonville Ave. Springfield, MO 65802 Memo: Ghana Field, Acct # 5024195, Class # 62 or Heart of the Father Ministry 2025 Bartow Rd Lakeland, FL 33813 Memo: Ghana Projects.
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Rev. David C Vespa
March 21, 2019
Thank you for your service and dedication Rev. Vespa. Your example inspired me to go and serve in Africa as well (Botswana). It always amazes me to see how one life can impact so many. A life well lived! We'll done, thou good and faithful servant.
March 19, 2019
I shall remember you as my dearest Dean of Faculty of Mid - Ghana Bible Institute (1993- 1995 ) , instructor, counselor and mentor .
Your monumental missionary work in Ghana will never be forgotten . Well done ! Rev C Vespa . You have died a hero in the LORD.
May God bless and comfort the entire family during this difficult period.
Lois Nkansah Darko
March 18, 2019
When I was a child my Dad Rev. Prof Paul Frimpong-Manso used to lecture at Mid-Ghana Bible Institute and at every year's graduation ceremony Rev David and Maryann Vespa would give certificates of honour to churches that made donations to the school. Before presenting the certificates, he would always quote Luke 6:38"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over,shall men give into your bosom...." this helped me memorize the scripture verse and it was always a delight to hear him say it every year. God bless you Grandpa for the work you did in Ghana. I am now a proud member of Living Waters Chapel A/G which you were the first Pastor.
March 18, 2019
Rev David Vespa was my Pastor between the years of 1993-1995 thereabout at Living Waters Chapel. His beautiful wife Madam Maryann was my Bible Teacher at a special Sunday Class she created for Christian Leaders and Ministers. He was very generous - he put every tool, equipment and resource at the disposal of the people he served to ease the pain of ministry. I still remember that special All-In-One Sound equipment we used for worship, that thing was so anointed it lasted forever regardless of how much abuse it received from unskilled technicians.
I will always remember Pastor David's smiles of assurance and encouragement. When my wife and I were preparing to migrate to the United States, even though Rev Vespa was no longer my Pastor, he came looking for me and gave me a US Check gift. He recommended that I open my first bank account and then find a Wendy's Restaurant and get me a Burger - I actually followed his advice and got me a Wendy's Burger.
But more importantly, I want to salute a great man of God! Rev Vespa was so humble and yet fearless of the enemy. A true true General of The Lord, a Passionate Missionary and a Pastor at heart - so much consumed by the passion to win souls and train men, women leaders for Christian Ministry. Rev Vespa, thanks for the few opportunities you gave me to serve with you - Worship Leader at Living Waters, Missions Work at Kumbungu, Revival Ministries at Antoa Assemblies of God, the short advices and counsel. Thank you for Mid-Ghana Bible School at that time. Thanks for coming down to Kumasi and , thanks for allowing Mama Maryann to make all those chocolate cakes and the ice team parties.
My prayers and thoughts go out to Mama Maryanne and all the sons and daughters and grandchildren. You fought the good fight, ran the race and have finished well. We know we shall see you again Rev David Vespa.
Rev Richard Gyebi.
Pat and Brenda Mahar
March 18, 2019
You were my first personal introduction to what world mission was all about. I remember in 1984, I just started dating Brenda and I was talking with you in your garage as you packed your 30 steel barrels to be shipped to Ghana. After hearing all you had lived through and the hardships of village life, I knew I could never be a missionary. But then, “Except God” as the Ghanaians would say. With God all things are possible. Brenda and I married, and immediately felt God calling us to be missionaries. We began the long and tidious process to join the ranks of Assemblies of God Missions. After eight years of pastoring, we made applications to be missionaries and were accepted and went to Africa. After 25 years on the field, we are everything we are because of your example. Dad, you were always the first to ask how things were going for us on the field, and when we shared the testimonies and miracles that had took place, you were as excited as if you were right there with us. Thank you for always being an encouragement to Brenda and I. We have always counted it a blessing that we followed in your shoes, though we will probably never match all you accomplished for the Kingdom in Ghana. We will miss the times shared at the holidays, birthdays and all of the laughter around the table. We miss you, but we are happy that you are in the presence of our Savior forevermore. One of the best memories was the trip up country in Ghana to Damongo to see the elephants. What an experience it was to be up close with some of these giants. Pictured is all of us at a little hotel we found that had breakfast and air conditioning. Wow, we thought we hit the jackpot that day. This was just one of many memories Brenda, Marissa, Marco, and myself will always remember. We love you!
March 18, 2019
FARE THEE WELL REV DAVID VESPA
I was very troubled when I received the news of your departure 4 days ago. I was not troubled for your call to glory. I was troubled because my intention to visit you in Florida before Easter had failed.
Rev Emmanuel Nuamah introduced me to you in the late 1990's. You had just started Living Way Sanctuary of Praise in a Tent at your residence at Nhyiaso.
You loved me the very first day we met and made me feel like a son.
You invited me several times to hold revivals and to preach on your pulpit.
We ate Mama Maryann's delicious meals together from your dinning table. I remember also the special kenkey and ockro stew sessions. Not forgetting the TZ you would organize just for the two of us. We also had long chats at almost all the special restaurants from Nhyiaso to Danyame and Patasi.
You sent us a special gift on our wedding and invited us to Kumasi for a program just after our honeymoon so you and Mama Maryann could spend some time with us.
You shared many stories, experiences and testimonies of your missionary works in Missiga, Nakpanduri, Kumbungu and several other villages with me, and anytime you did, I would say, "Rev, please you need to write a book''!. I was overjoyed when the book finally came out ( TO AFRICA BY GOD'S DESIGN) and you posted an autographed copy to me.
You monitored me from afar and called me on the church office line as soon as I arrived in Canada for my current assignment. You challenged me to do my best to make God proud and also to make Mama Maryann proud since I had come to her county. We had very long talks on phone occasionally and I always promised I would visit.
You were a father and a great mentor to me. You paid your dues in the kingdom of God. You worked tirelessly as a missionary for Assemblies of God, Ghana from 1966 to 2006. Certainly your works in His vineyard shall be rewarded in glory.
Enjoy your rest Daddy
Enjoy your rest great Missionary
Enjoy your rest Rev David C VESPA
I love you
DALE & JUDY FAGERLAND
March 16, 2019
Judy and I have the utmost respect for our beloved brother Dave Vespa. We were new missionaries in Burkina Faso beginning in 1979 (Upper Volta at that time) when we had sweet fellowship with the Vespas when they would drive up to Ouagadougou from northern Ghana to buy their food and supplies. Much later I had the privilege of spending time in their home in Kumbungu and ministering together at the Bible School. Dave and Maryann became one of our missionary heroes as we witnessed their incredible dedication to Jesus and making Him known in difficult situations over many decades. May God comfort your hearts as you celebrate this life so well lived. Dale & Judy FAGERLAND