The Accra Newtown District in the La Area of The Church of Pentecost has successfully retired 19 officers from active service.
The service, which took place at the Dr Thomas Wyatt Temple on Sunday, September 17, 2023, brought together various personalities, including the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye and his wife Mary, the La Area Head, Apostle Dr Dieudonne Nuepke and his wife Juanita, and the Evangelism Director, Apostle Dr Amos Jimmy Markin and his wife.
Others were Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, Cape Coast Area Head; Apostle John Obeng Kesse, Suame Area Head; Apostle Rigwell Ato Addison (Rtd.) – former General Secretary of the Church; Apostle David Tettey Tekper (Rtd.), Apostle Moses Ayitey (Rtd), and Pastor Kusi Donkor of the Voice of Pentecost, among others.
In a presentation, Apostle Eric Nyamekye noted that retirement is a moment of joy, victory, and inner fulfilment of one’s work.
He said the event was a mixed feeling of the good work done by the retirees and a reflection on how to get a replacement of their kind.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye said that when a person serves well and retires, it is a sign that their service is well acknowledged by God and man and must be rewarded accordingly.
“Life’s journey and departure are always in a set of groups. The church has continually enjoyed these officers’ benevolence and selfless services,” he noted.
With scriptural reference to Jeremiah 45: 1- 5, he noted that after King Jehoiakim had learnt about Jeremiah’s prophesy, which Baruch had written, he sought for them; Baruch began to think of his life and the trouble he had put himself into. But God reassured him of His divine protection through a prophecy.
According to him, Moses was scared to return to Egypt because he feared losing his life when Pharaoh found him. After God permitted the devil to destroy Job’s possessions, the devil again sought permission to torment and kill him, for he knew that life is so precious to men and, as such, would do anything for their lives. Satan did everything possible to destroy and frustrate Job, but God preserved Job’s life.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye indicated that it is blessed to have one’s life intact till one retires because the Christian journey and leadership are full of casualties. He, therefore, urged the retirees to be grateful to God for their lives.
Report by Gina Akua Padi