Mrs Mercy Amponsah Baah Laid To Rest

Date: August 17, 2017

The mortal remains of the late Mrs Mercy Amponsah Baah, wife of the Opong-Valley District Minister of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Charles Amponsah Baah, has been laid to rest at Abesim, near Sunyani in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

The memorial and burial service which took place on Saturday, July 29, 2017, was officiated by the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah.

Present to assist the Chairman were several ministers of the Church from far and near, including the Sunyani Area Head, Apostle Mark Obeng Andoh (an Executive Council Member), Apostle Isaac Nii Kotei Djani (Tamale Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Dr Stephen Kofi Baidoo (Tarkwa Area Head), Apostle Isaac Kwasi Amoako (Goaso Area Head), Apostle Moses Ayitey (Asamankese Area Head), Apostle Robert C. Ackon (Asankrangwa Area Head), Apostle Derek Kwaning Mireku (Essam-Debiso Area Head), among others.

Mrs Mercy Amponsah Baah, 48, affectionately called Akua Ameyaa, was born on 3rd October, 1968 at Abesim. She had her basic education at Abesim and later proceeded to the then Sunyani Technical Institute, now Sunyani Technical University. Her ambition of climbing the educational ladder took her to the Bimbilla Training College in the Northern Region to be trained as a professional teacher.

She met her husband, Charles Amponsah Baah, then an elder of the Church who was teaching at Abesim and they got married. Their marriage was blessed with four children, two girls and two boys. She died on 2nd June, 2017 after a short illness.

Consoling the bereaved family, Apostle Prof Opoku Onyinah on behalf of the General Council of the Church, encouraged them to continue to rely on God who is the great comforter.

The Chairman expressed disquiet about the way Ghanaians waste resources and time on the dead. According to him, when a person dies, his soul goes to where he is supposed to be [paradise or hades]. The remains, he explained, are just dust.

He however said Ghanaians spend so much on the dust (the corpse) to the point that some families insist on buying expensive caskets and securing expensive burial sites to bury their dead, while others insist on burying their dead only in their hometowns. He stated that some even change the dress of the corpse while lying in state more than once to determine how resourceful the family is. “All these are needless,” he said, adding that what is important is where the soul of the person goes after leaving the body.

He indicated that it does not matter how one dies and whether the person dies young or old, what is necessary is where the soul of person spends eternity after death.

Delivering the sermon at the service on the topic, “The Accomplisher Is Gone” based on Matthew 3:1-6; 14:6-12, Pastor Kofi Atakorah Wiafe of Tarkwa Akoon District, said God brought human beings into the world to undertake a specific assignment just as Adam was created with a task to till the land and name all creatures.

Using John the Baptist as a case study, Pastor Wiafe said John’s main assignment on earth was to announce the coming of the Messiah (Jesus Christ). He revealed that John accomplished his task after Jesus Christ had come into the scene. He said God therefore had to whisk John away to allow Christ to begin his mission.

Pastor Wiafe stated that both the old and the young, the prayerful and the righteous persons, can all die either through natural or tragic death, not that they have done something wrong, but because they have accomplished their tasks on earth.

He therefore entreated believers to stop questioning God about the death of righteous persons, because God in His own wisdom calls the righteous home after they have accomplished their assignments on earth.