A special service was held on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Tanoso Central church to commemorate the 80th birthday of the former International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Benjamin Kofi Arthur (Retd.).
The service, which was officiated by Apostle Ekow Badu Wood (Asokwa Area Head and Executive Council Member), also marked the 75th birthday of his wife, Mrs Hannah Arthur, and their 50th marriage anniversary.
Apostle B. K. Arthur (Retd.) was born on October 8, 1937, to Mr Benjamin Kwadwo Arthur and Madam Janet Esi Dede Arthur at Agona Nsaba in the Central Region as the first of 11 children.
The young B.K. Arthur received Christ and was baptized in water in Accra by Rev. E.N.A. Vanderpuije (of blessed) in 1960.
He was called into the pastoral ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1968 and served at Wa, Bolgatanga, Winneba, Cote d’Ivoire, Suhum, Agormanya, Burkina Faso, and Kumasi during his 33-year ministerial service.
Apostle B. K Arthur is fondly remembered for his services at the Headquarters as the International Missions Director of the Church from 1996 to 2001. He is also acknowledged for introducing the Holy Ghost Convention into The Church of Pentecost which has become a household event in various districts of the Church within and outside Ghana.
On her part, Mrs Hannah Arthur, a native of Boagya-Bisease in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, was converted and baptized in water in 1962 by Apostle Patrick Asiamah.
In 1967, the couple was joined together in holy matrimony at the Bompata Assembly. The service was officiated by Apostles J. C. Quaye, Patrick Asiamah and Prophet M. K. Yeboah.
The 50-year-old marriage has been blessed with five children namely; Mr Samuel Kobina Arthur, Pastor Benjamin Kwesi Arthur, Mrs Eunice Obeng Atuah, Mrs Abigail Nana Antoh and Philip John Arthur
Speaking to a gathering of ministers, relatives and loved ones, Apostle B. K. Arthur (Retd.) expressed gratitude to God for the gift of life. He was also grateful to God for the life of her wife and for seeing them through a peaceful marriage for five decades.
“For two people from different backgrounds to be able to coexist peacefully for 50 years and to keep loving each other after all these years is amazing; it is only God who is able to make this possible,” he said.
The former IMD, who was clearly in buoyant mood, said they are not perturbed by their frail health condition, but would keep trusting God to continue to be with them until He deems it appropriate to call them into a peaceful rest.
He was also grateful to the Church for continuous support to him and his family, as well as his children for initiating the thanksgiving service to commemorate the anniversary.
Reading from Psalm 20, Apostle Ekow Badu Wood led the ministers and the members present to pray for divine strength and long life for Apostle B. K. Arthur (Retd.) and his family.
Among those present at the event were: Apostles Samuel Osei Asante (New Tafo Area Head), A. L. Angoh (Bompata Area Head), Onyinah Gyamfi (Dansoman Area Head), Kenneth Baffoe Antwi (Atebubu Area Head), Kingsley Ennin (Ashaiman Area Head), Pastors David Amankwah (PIWC Ashaiman), Emmanuel Twumasi (Tanoso District), as well as some retired ministers of the Church.
Also in attendance were: Mrs Delphine Zabre (Wife of Togo National Head) among several others.
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