Date: April 19, 2017
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has paid a 7-day working visit to the Church in Uganda.
The IMD and his wife, Elizabeth, touched down at Entebbe Airport on Tuesday, April 11, 2017, and were welcomed by the Honorary Consul of the Consulate of Ghana in Uganda, Tom Walter Buruku; the Missionary in Uganda, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe and wife, as well as the National Deacon, among others.
On Wednesday, April 12, the IMD visited the construction site of the Central Church building in Kampala. He met with the contractor and some workers at the site. He also visited one of the worship sites of a local assembly in Kampala.
Ministers and their wives had a special time with the IMD on Thursday, April 13 at the National Office. Using Genesis chapters 1 and 2, Apostle Gyesi-Addo spoke on the topic: “Handling of Human Beings- God’s Perspective.”
The IMD admonished the ministers and their wives to value their church members because they are very important in the sight of God. “God carefully formed man; He took His time to create man. Therefore, He expects this same attitude from Christians and, for that matter, ministers and their wives,” he stressed.
On Good Friday, Apostle Gyesi-Addo met 245 church officers and leaders from across the country at the Kololo Secondary School in Kampala. Speaking on the topic, “Examples of Christ in Faithfulness” and reading from 1 Corinthians 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24 and Hebrews 10:23, he explained faithfulness to mean honesty, reliability, and dependability.
According to him, faithfulness is the nature and character of God. “If we are children of God, then we must bear the nature and character of our Father (God),” he said.
He exhorted church officers to strive to be faithful in handling church monies, church practices and doctrine and church leadership. The programme saw the ordination of 135 new officers, made up of elders, deacons and deaconesses.
Saturday, April 15, witnessed a gathering of church members within the Kampala Metropolis at the Kololo Secondary to worship with the IMD and spouse as part of the Easter convention.
The IMD climaxed his visit to the country with a special service on the Resurrection Sunday which was attended by 414 members from four districts at the Kololo Secondary School in Kampala.
Preaching the sermon based on Luke 24:1-6; 23:50-56, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo commended the important role played by Joseph of Arimathea in the burial of Jesus Christ.
“Joseph of Arimathea gave his own tomb prepared for his burial for the use of our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus only used the tomb for three days and yet up till today, the value of that tomb keeps on increasing in terms of the revenue it generates for the nation of Israel. Anyone who gives God something receives it back with an increased value,” he stated.
He said that after the burial of Jesus, a big stone was rolled to cover the mouth of the tomb. And while soldiers were stationed to guard it, the tomb was sealed with the Governor's signet to make sure the promise of Jesus Christ to resurrect would not materialize. Nevertheless, he stated, Jesus rose out of all these barriers and obstacles.
“The stone was rolled away to pave way for the disciples to go into the tomb and not for Jesus Christ to come out of the tomb,” he revealed.
The International Missions Director concluded by stating that no condition is permanent and encouraged members to seek the resurrection power of Jesus Christ at all times.
Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo and his wife later toured the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort and the Martyrs of Uganda on Monday, April 17, and returned to Accra, Ghana on Tuesday.
Report from: National Secretariat, COP-Uganda
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