After 28 years of selfless service, the Techiman Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Julius Franklin Asante-Ayeh, has brought his active ministerial journey to a successful end.
The colourful retirement event, which took place on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at the Dwomor Central Assembly church auditorium in Techiman, was chaired by the General Secretary of the church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi Larbi.
Delivering a sermon on the topic: “Seeing Him Who Is Invisible,” based on Hebrews 11:23-27, the Sunyani Area Head, Apostle Mark Obeng Andoh stated that “serving God is an act of faith because there are no stipulated rewards, rather, it is a step of faith unto a path that leads to innumerable rewards.”
“Moses could have enjoyed life in Pharaoh’s palace, but he decided to leave all that pleasure and associate with his fellow Jews, this was an act of faith, but in the end, it yielded great blessings in his life and his impact is evident even till now,” he revealed.
He, therefore, entreated all believers to follow in the sacrificial example of Moses, by shying away from worldly pleasures, and rather, seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness and to let their lights shine before men so that glory will be given to the Lord.
According to Apostle Andoh, unlike in most worldly engagements, the rewards in serving God are invisible and unspecified, however, if one takes a step of faith to serve Him, there are abundant rewards that can be attained.
He commended Apostle Asante-Ayeh for following in the sacrificial example of Moses by leaving his job and comfort zone to accept the call to take up the herculean task of active ministry.
Apostle Asante-Ayeh was called into active ministry in 1992 and into the office of an Apostle in 2012. He served in Navrongo as District Minister, PIWC-Accra as Resident Minister, Lesotho as National Head, and Bantama West as District Minister. He also served in Nungua Nshorna as District Minister. His ministry took him to the Headquarters of the church as Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM) Director and finally in Techiman as Area Head.
He also served in the following capacities: Area Children’s Ministry Leader (Bolgatanga), Area Witness Executive Member (Accra West), Area Secretary (Bolgatanga), and Area Workers Secretary, (Accra East). Others are Area Executive Committee Member (Asokwa), and Area Executive Member (Teshie/Nungua).
The retirement service was preceded by a musical concert on Saturday, November 14, 2020, at the same venue to honour him for his service to the Area and specifically, his love for music, which led to the formation of the Techiman Area Mass Choir.
In his response, Apostle Asante-Ayeh thanked all who have helped him in his Christian life and ministry including all past and present Chairmen of the church as well as Deaconess Eunice Addison (of blessed memory).
Also present at the special occasion were Apostles Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng (Hohoe Area Head and Executive Council Member), Emmanuel Ofei Ankra Badu (Immediate-past PEMEM Director) and the area pastorate.
Report by Pastor Peter Amuzu-Avorde, Techiman Area.