Date: January 6, 2018
The Abankesieso Assembly church building in Dunkwa District of The Church of Pentecost has been dedicated and named after the late Pastor Joseph Prah.
The dedication service which took place on December 17, 2017, was performed by the Dunkwa Area Head, Apostle John Osei Amaniampong, assisted by the District Minister, Pastor Joseph Kwadwo Tawiah, and pastors in the Area.
The total cost of the building was GH¢316,983.00. It was funded by grants from the Area and the District with local offerings and donations from individuals.
The assembly was established in 2003 during the time of Pastor Eric Kwagyir. Due to unavailability of place of worship, they worshipped at the premises of the Pentecost Preparatory School until 2013 when the church building project began.
The foundation stone of the building was laid on 15th August, 2014 by Apostle Samuel Badu Nyarko, the then Area Head.
When Apostle Amaniampong took over the Area, he also assisted the project through grants. Elder Evans Bokuro, the current Presiding Elder, personally donated GH¢40,362 for the continuation of the project.
The late Pastor Joseph Kwadwo Prah became the Area Head for Dunkwa in 2001. He was born on 1st August, 1949 At Atuna in the Brong Ahafo Region and attended Dormaa Secondary School and took courses in management and accounting.
In the early 1980s, he acquired a three-storey building with the intention to establish a private school, but accepted the call of God into the full time ministry and enrolled at the Pentecost Bible College. He was transferred to Kofikrom from 1985 to 1991. He was later transferred to Kaneshie District in 1991, Guinea Conakry in 1995 and later to Dunkwa as Area Head in 2001.
He made a significant impact on the Area during his term as Area Head. He was known as a great revivalist and a man of prayer. He was a visionary leader and had exceptional leadership qualities and a great passion for the work of God. He supported the work of God through sacrificially giving.
In a sermon preaching on the topic, “Be Excellent As A Christian” based on Daniel 6:1-5, Apostle John Osei Amaniampong charged believers to strive for excellence in all endeavours of life.
Using Daniel as a case study, he said the spirit of excellence comes from God and encouraged the members to be like Daniel who excelled among his peers in Babylon. He said Daniel was faithful and was not corrupt and was a man of integrity.
"You cannot be excellent until you desire to be great. The dream of greatness is the reason people become excellent. People with excellent spirit are deep in thought and have understanding. They have good conscience and a pure heart. They are innovative and bring revival," he pointed out.
Apostle Amaniampong encouraged Christians to be dreamers, innovative, and bring change in all sectors of life that will bring positive impact in their generation.
Quoting from Romans16:7, he said Andronicus and Junia were outstanding Apostles and were imprisoned because of their zeal for God, saying, “They had the spirit of excellence and on that account the church honoured them.”
He advised the congregation to honour people who have contributed greatly to the work of God in the face of persecution.
"Don't be an ordinary pastor, and don't pastor an ordinary church. Don't be an ordinary Christian whose faith is on the flesh and the world not on God; live above your peers and make impact in your generation," he concluded.
The family of late Pastor Kwadwo Prah expressed their appreciation to the leadership of the Church for honouring their departed kin.
The Dunkwahene, Nana Obeng Nuako II, thanked the leadership of the Church for honouring the late Area Head. He advised the youth to go into farming and admonished the Church to live a legacy that will affect the next generation. He also advised the assembly to win souls for Christ.
Report by: Pastor Justice Twene Adane, Dunkwa Atechem
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