Date: August 11, 2017
A retirement service has been held in honour of Pastor Lawrence Kofi Karikari and his family at the Community 16 Central Assembly in Teshie-Nungua Area of The Church of Pentecost after 22 years of dedicated service to the church.
The ceremony which took place on Sunday, July 30, 2017 attracted a lot of ministers of the Church and loved ones from around the country.
In a sermon on the topic, “I am an example of Christ in Sacrifice,” Apostle Nii Kotei Djani, Tamale Area Head and Executive Council Member, said sacrifice is an act that requires humility.
Quoting from 1 Corinthians 4:16-17; Philippians 2:5-12, Matthew 11:29 and 1 John 2:15, he called on Christians to make sacrifices in their service to God and to the church.
Apostle Djani said in order for the church to grow, the members must sacrifice their energy, time and effort.
He was of the view that just as Jesus Christ sacrificed His life for mankind to redeem them from sin, the early church led by Apostle Paul also made sacrifices which propelled the church to greater heights.
“Most Christians of today are unable to make time to pray or attend prayer meetings and other church activities, because they are not willing to sacrifice for the Lord,” he bemoaned.
He added: “In Mark 1:35, Jesus was seen going to solitary places to pray. At a point the disciples of Jesus could go to Him and said ‘Lord, teach us how to pray.’ To make time for prayers is a sacrifice on its own.”
He said the Corinth Church had many issues and Paul kept reminding them of their new status in Christ. Paul as a great leader also made sacrifices and addressed divisions in the Corinth Church.
Pastor Lawrence Kofi Karikari and his family were grateful to God Almighty and the leadership of the church for the opportunity to serve. He also paid glowing tribute to the pastorate at the Area and District levels for their support and well wishes.
Pastor Karikari was born on 14th March, 1952 in Koforidua. He had his education at Agona Swedru Catholic Primary School, Sefwi Wiawso Anglican Primary and Asante Mampong Middle School.
He attended the Pentecost Secondary School in Kumasi, as one of the pioneer students, from 1968-1973 and became the school's first Senior Prefect. He was one of ten GCE 'O' Level candidates given Scholarship to study at Bunso Cocoa College from 1978-1980 for the General Certificate in Agriculture, course with specialization in Cocoa and Coffee Agronomy.
He was later employed as a Clerical Officer at the Ghana Cocoa Board in-charge of the General Registry at the Agronomy Division from 1974-1978.
He was later appointed a Senior Technical Assistant and posted to Akim Wirenkyiren Amanfrom in the Eastern Region then to Suhum District and later to Asamankese. In 1988 he was promoted to the rank of Senior Technical Officer and posted to Agona-Swedru as District Officer of the Cocoa Service Division of the Cocoa Board. He was transferred from Agona Swedru to Breman Asikuma and finally to Ajumako in the Central Region.
He was called into the full-time ministry at Gomoa Ekwamkrom in 1995 and ordained a Pastor in 2000. As a minister of God, he served in six stations including, Dadieso, Asankragwa, Eikwe, Axim, Badu and Community 16.
In a testimony, the General Council described Pastor Karikari as a good teacher and preacher of the word of God. “He is also a prayerful man and an administrator who helped to build administrative structures in the various districts he served. He was passionate about soul winning,” it added
Report by: Pastor Jonathan Kofie & Isabella Orhin
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