Date: August 9, 2017
The annual conference of the Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) in Ghana has kick-started in spectacular fashion at the Pentecost Convention Centre at Gomoa-Fetteh in the Central Region.
The event, dubbed “GNESIOS TOPUS (TRUE EXAMPLES) CONFERENCE” is under the theme: “I Am an Example of Christ in My Generation”, taken from 1 Corinthians 4:16-17.
In his opening speech, the Youth Director of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle David Nyansah Hayfron, assured participants of a successful conference which is geared toward churning out true disciples and examples of Christ Jesus within the youth in this postmodern era.
Speaking on the topic, “The Right Use of Social Media”, Elder Emmanuel Ayisi Manu, National PENSA Coordinator, explained that social media consists of various activities that integrate technology, social interaction, and the construction of words, pictures, videos and audio.
“Today, one of the world’s most important resources is the Internet. It has made people more social through the numerous social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Viber, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. Sometime back communicating with loved ones who travelled far was difficult but now the story is different through the social media”, he said.
Elder Ayisi further explained that social media also provides opportunities for people to share opinions, insights, experiences and perspectives in a two-way communication process.
“Social media has really provided a lot of benefits to the youth, by helping them to easily connect to people locally and international, bond families, relationships, friendships, work, entertain them, provide education, brand, perform business and publicize events,” he reiterated.
Nevertheless, in as much as there are benefits in the use of social media, he warned them about the dangers it poses to users as well. These include fraud and deceptions, leakage of private information, dangers of cyber bullying, cybersex, internet dating services, exposure to adults-only content, the proliferation of pornographic materials and addiction.
“Addiction usually refers to compulsive behavior that leads to negative effects. In most addictions, people feel compelled to do certain activities so often that they become a harmful habit, which then interferes with other important activities such as work or school,” he re-echoed.
He also acknowledged that through the use of social media, the ears of people have been shut to the voice of God who speaks to us daily but we do not hear Him, saying that, “Social media can make and unmake you. Information sent out on the media is almost undeletable and you may be selling yourself out at no cost leaving your privacy in the hands of others.”
Concluding his presentation, Elder Ayisi advised the youth to turn down the volume of the world in order to hear the voice of God and to rightly use Social Media as a tool for evangelism guided by Godly Christian principles.
Other speakers for the conference include, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah (Chairman, The Church of Pentecost), Apostle Dr. S.K. Baidoo (Area Head, Tarkwa), Apostle Ekow Badu Wood (Area Head, Asokwa), Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Executive Council Member and Koforidua Area Head), Apostle David Nyansah Hayfron (Youth Director), Dr. Joyce Aryee (Salt & Light Ministries), Elder Dr. Chris Ampadu (Samaritan Strategy), Elder Amos Kevin-Annan (Deputy Youth Director and Counsellor, PUC) and Elder Dr. Siaw Agyapong (C.E.O, Jospong Group of Companies).
Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA), is the student's wing of The Church of Pentecost. It brings together COP and non-COP students and alumni who share the same vision and values in the various educational institutions in Ghana and other countries. It is an active wing of the Youth Ministry of The Church of Pentecost. The institutions within which members are found are either pre-tertiary (such as senior high, vocational and technical schools) or tertiary.
This year’s conference promises to be life impacting in becoming true examples of Jesus Christ.
Report By: Emmanuel Otchere Somuah
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