Date: August 20, 2014

The International Missions Director (IMD) of the Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has urged ministers to joyfully accept retirement after years of dedicated service to ministry work.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo said this at the retirement service of the former Area Head of New Tafo, Apostle Kwesi Ackah-Baidoo at the Ebenezer Assembly, Buokrom Estate District in Kumasi. He asserted that retirement service is not organized for ministers because of material benefits but because it marks the end of a successful ministry.

Speaking on the topic, “The end of a thing is better than its beginning”, the IMD expressed the need for the church to hold in high accord retirement ceremonies since it also celebrates the faithfulness of God for seeing the departing officer through his ministerial journey.

Expounding Ecclesiastes 7: 1-8, Apostle Gyesi-Addo was of the view that a good name is better than precious ointment, adding that a good name comes through a consistent life of good character.

He, therefore, urged the church to be patient in ministry work and also in all aspects of life. He further noted that sufferings and difficulties in life are inevitable, however, it could be used to our advantage if lessons are learnt from them.

He explained that “it is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting…[because] we learn more in times of disappointment than in times of happiness” 

Referring to the story of Paul who began as an opposer and blasphemer of Christianity, yet died as one of the staunch defenders of the Gospel of Jesus Christ as recorded in 1Timothy 1: 12-13. Apostle Gyesi-Addo advised Christians that though it may seem to them that their present situation or state is not the best, their end is the most important.

“Hope and faith are there to inspire you to persevere and to finish hard…the certitude of the faithfulness of God would hold and keep us” he added.

Apostle Gyesi-Addo also charged the congregation to be careful of the love of money, position and fame, sexual desire, pride, lust of the eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life since they could lead to destruction.

Apostle Ackah-Baidoo, who was retiring, served for twenty six (26) years in various capacities, first as District Minister, Finance Manager (FM), Missionary and finally as Area Head. He was also the Chairman of the Press Board of Directors, among others. He got married to a lady who was then known as Dorothy Felicia Adwoa Abarewa Abraham in 1975.

Also present to farewell the out-going minister were Apostles Francis Ofori Yeboah (Suame Area Head), Johnson Agyemang-Badu (Odorkor Area Head), Dr. S. K. Baidoo (Tarkwa Area Head), Patrick Kingsley Ennin (Sefwi Wiawso Area Head), John Appiah Aidoo (La Area Head), Samuel Antwi (Wa Area Head), Martin Seth Appiah (Brekum Area Head) and other serving and retired ministers.