The newly constructed church building of Apesika Central Assembly in the Kintampo Area of The Church of Pentecost has been dedicated to the glory of God.
The dedication ceremony was presided over by the Kintampo Area Head, Apostle Francis Agyemang Badu, in a colourful event held on Friday, December 29, 2023, at Apesika.
In his address, Apostle Francis Agyemang Badu commended the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, and the Executive Council for consistently releasing grants to support church buildings in the internal mission areas.
He acknowledged that Headquarters grants played a significant role in completing the central building. Apostle Badu expressed gratitude to former Area Heads, including Apostle R.C Ackon (Rtd.) from the Techiman Area, Apostle Patrick Aseyoro, and Apostle G. O. D. Debrah, under whose tenure the building commenced.
He also conveyed appreciation to the first district minister of Apesika, Pastor Isaac Sunkwa, for initiating the project. The artisans, officers, and members of the Apesika District were also commended for their immense contributions to the building.
On his part, Pastor Godfred Osei Frimpong, the current Apesika District Minister, expressed gratitude to the Area for their massive support and thanked the Chief of Apesika for providing the land for the church building’s construction.
During the event, Pastor Charles Akanwi, the Kintampo Newtown District Minister and Kintampo Area Secretary, delivered a sermon on the topic, “The Church as a Place Of Refuge.”
He urged believers to make the Church their abode at all times, defining the Church as the people of God, the body of Christ, and a meeting place for worship.
Drawing parallels with the city of refuge in Joshua 20:1-9, Pastor Akanwi explained that, like the Israelites seeking refuge, people run to the Church to receive forgiveness of sins, freedom from the curse through Christ, and safety from pursuing guilt.
He emphasised the safety of the church and encouraged members to root themselves in the church, avoiding seeking help from alternative means.
Pastor Akanwi concluded by inviting those who had not accepted Christ to seek refuge in Him, just as the gates of the city were widely opened; Christ’s arms are open to welcome anyone who runs to Him.
The event was attended by Mrs. Theresa Agyemang Badu (Wife of the Area Head), Pastor Isaac Sunkwa (Gyahaze District Minister, Winneba Area), the area pastorate and their wives, Nananom of Apesika, a representative of the Kintampo South District Police Commander, as well as the presbytery and members of Apesika District.
Report by Pastor Prince Augustine Ababio (Area Reporter)