Date: January 22, 2018
The Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) ended its 3rd Annual Inter Tertiary Institutions (ITI) Conference at the ICF Auditorium in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province, China.
This year’s conference dubbed, “The Martyr Conference 2017,” took place from October 1-5, under the theme: “I Am An Example Of Christ In Witness” (Mark16:15).
The annual conference had Pastor Joseph Gyamfi of Denver District of The Church of Pentecost (COP) in the USA and his wife, Princess as the main speakers. Other speakers were Elder Emmanuel Duah (Conference Coordinator) and Elder Patrick Adonoo (1st National Coordinator for ITI).
It was officially opened by the National Head of COP-China and Hong Kong, Pastor Jonas Beddim on Sunday, October 1, 2017, who spoke on “Tithing and Offering” which was followed by communion.
The event brought together foreign students of different nationalities from various cities in China, including Beijing, Zhanjiang, Lanzhou, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Nanchang, Wuhan, Chengdu, Zhangjiakou, among others.
Speaking on Monday, October 2, on the topic: “Biblical Bases For Mission,” Pastor Jonas Beddim established among many others that witnessing is basically telling others about the love of God (Matthew 28:18-20), and charged believers to make God’s mission on earth their mandate and His purpose their priority.
In a presentation on “Maturity In Relationships,” Elder Patrick Adonoo explained that maturity in a relationship is “knowing what to do, how to do, when to do, why to do, and having the urge to do in a relationship.”
He said that it is only the Holy Spirit that takes away darkness and, therefore, Christians should connect with the Spirit for guidance.
According to him, if one is in a relationship that does not please God, the best thing to do is to jump out and make their hearts be at peace with the Lord, saying, “You don’t necessarily add up but you pair up in a relationship.”
Pastor Joseph Gyamfi, also addressing the conference on the topic: “Witnessing,” stated that the measure of the Christian standard is the Word of God (1 Peter 1:9-12). He indicated that an unbeliever is an Anathema (Psalms 109:1-15).
Speaking on Tuesday, October 3, on the theme: “Wordless Evangelism Methodology,” Pastor Jonas Beddim illustrated the use of the wordless colour book for evangelism. He said GOLD is the place God resides; DARK- signifies that sin separates man from God, RED- is the solution or way, and the blood of Jesus, WHITE- invitation to turn from Sin, GREEN- Christian growth. With several scripture references, he explained how easy one-on-one evangelism could be.
The sermon was followed by an intense prayer session led by Pastor Joseph Gyamfi.
The afternoon session saw the males and the females having separate talks on the topic, “The Role Of Males And Females As Witnesses In Our Generation And How To Please God.” The females were led by Mrs Princess Gyamfi and the males by Pastor Joseph Gyamfi. They came together after some time to take questions and share knowledge.
On Wednesday, October 4, the participants embarked on sporting activities from 9 am to 2 pm. It was followed by a variety night service in the evening with Worship and Praise by the Zhangjiakou ICF Music Ministry. There were other ministrations in Choreography, Poetry, Drama, Melodrama, Song ministration and a Bible Quiz. Miss Adu Yvonne Fremah from Zhangjiakou won the night and succeeded in earning the title- the Woman of the Conference for her ability to recite the book of Jude under 3 minutes.
Thursday, October 5, was the climax of the conference. In a testimony, a sister who earlier in the conference stood in to be prayed for the bed-ridden mother came to testify that her mother received instant healing after the prayers. Another participant, James Asiamah also confessed of receiving an instant healing during the long chain prayers from an ear pain.
Blessing the congregation with his last sermon, Pastor Joseph Gyamfi spoke on the topic: “Mass Evangelism And Cultural Evangelism (Acts 17:26, 27). He admonished the participants to go and “Make, Mark and Mature disciples.” He charged them to make disciples through sharing the gospel and leading unbelievers to the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ; mark disciples by baptizing them in the name of Jesus Christ, and mature disciples through teaching (Bible studies and fellowship).
Pastor Gyamfi said mass evangelism is quite easier today than it was some time ago because of technology boost. He touched on cultural or cross-cultural evangelism, where believers present the message to someone else from another culture.
He asked them to identify with the persons’ culture, pray over the subject, develop a relationship, communication, acceptance, learning, understanding and serving. “Before you can pursue cultural evangelism, you need to first have a vision and then strategize,” he stated.
Certificates were awarded to the 133 participants. The conference ended with three persons receiving the Holy Spirit baptism with one receiving water baptism.
Report By: MARTYR 2017 Coordinating Team, China.
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