Date: October 30, 2017
The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, and the International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, arrived at the J.F.K Airport in New York on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, to begin a two-week working visit to the Americas.
They were welcome on arrival at the airport by the Regional Heads of the Church in the United States of America.
As part of the visit which ended on October 24, the Chairman dedicated the newly purchased National Office Complex, inaugurated the Pentecost Bible College and the Pentecost Music Family Group, all in the U.S.A. He also visited the Central Americas, precisely Guatemala and Honduras, where the Church has open new branches.
On October 12, Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah held a meeting with all the Regional Heads in the U.S.A. He commended their hard work and admonished them to keep on fighting the good fight of faith.
The next day, he met with all ministers and their wives in the nation. Addressing them, he commended the leadership of the Church in the U.S.A for conceiving the vision to relocate the National Office from the Bronx, New York to Wayne, New Jersey, and also moving the Pentecost Bible College from Leominster, Massachusetts to Wayne, New Jersey in a record time of eight months.
He also commended all past and present National Heads of The Church of Pentecost U.S.A for their relentless efforts in making the Church a formidable force in the country. He also acknowledged the significant strides the Church in the U.S.A has made in sending the message of the cross to South America and the progress it is making on the continent.
He also expressed the Missions Board’s appreciation to the Church in the U.S.A for its significant contributions in support of the missions’ activities.
In a sermon on the theme, “Zipporah, the Virtuous Woman Behind Moses,” Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah elaborated on how the Lord used Zipporah and her family to shape and fulfil the ministry of Moses. He also pointed out that those who speak against the anointed of the Lord would incur His wrath, referring to the jealousy of Miriam and Aaron of their brother Moses.
He stated: “Sometimes people closest to you will be the very ones who would want your downfall.” He, therefore, encouraged ministers to be vigilant and always seek the face of the Lord in all situations.
Later on Friday evening, the Chairman inaugurated the Pentecost Music Family Group.
On Saturday, October 14, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah inaugurated the Pentecost Bible College and commenced the conferral of degrees to the first batch of graduands of the STEE programme, who graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Theology and also the Ministerial Formation students who graduated with Diploma in Theology and Pastoral Studies.
The Chairman, at the climax of the programme on Sunday, October 15, dedicated the state-of-the-art multifaceted National Headquarters building located at 1450 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470. The building houses the National Office, the Bible College, PENT TV, PENT Radio, the PENT Media Studios, and the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) model Church, which is named Rehoboth Temple.
The Chairman and his team, comprising Apostle Gyesi-Addo (the IMD), Apostle Michael and Mrs Sheila Agyemang-Amoako (the U.S.A National Head), Probationary Overseer Stephen and Mrs Margaret Amoako-Kumi, headed to Guatemala in Central America on Tuesday, October 17.
On Wednesday, October 18, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah and the team flew to Honduras for the Central America Apostolization, where eight leaders from El Salvador drove for 14hours to be at the meeting. All church leaders in Honduras were also in attendance. In all, a total of 50 church leaders attended the programme. The IMD delivered the message on the theme, “Faithfulness in Leadership.”
The Chairman and his team returned to New York on October 21. He fellowshipped with the Bronx Central Church on Sunday, October 22, and spoke to the church on the theme, “Strengthened to Strengthen Others” based on Luke 22:31-32.
He revealed how Jesus Christ placed Simon Peter in a position regardless of his shortcomings and how Christ strengthened and equipped him. Relating it to the congregation, he stated that the Lord has placed them in various positions and has equipped them for a task regardless of their shortcomings. He admonished them to strengthen one another in their weaknesses because the Lord had strengthened them to strengthen others.
After a very successful visit to the Americas, the Chairman and the IMD returned to Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.
Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi