A farewell service was held last Sunday in honour of the outgone Kintampo Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Gideon Obeng-Darko Debrah, and his family, to appreciate them for their praiseworthy service to the Kintampo Area in the last five years.
The event, which took place at the Grace Boahen Memorial Temple auditorium, Kintampo, was officiated by Apostle James Gabriel Quardson (Sunyani Area Head) and ably assisted by Apostles Samuel Berko (Berekum Area Head), William Edzorhoho (Goaso Area Head) and Pastor Daniel Frimpong Manso (Tepa Area Head).
The glorious service drew a mammoth gathering, including ministers and wives in the region, relatives and friends of the minister, as well as officers and members of the Kintampo Area.
The Area Presbytery, Area Pastorate, and the Area Women’s Ministry took turns to testify about Apostle Debrah and his wife, Mama Mabel, at the event and presented citation plaques to them.
A testimony read on behalf of the area pastorate by Pastor Akwasi Amponsah (Area Secretary), described him as a man of four (4) Fs, that is, friendly, firm, frank and fair and one who demonstrated leadership as a good counsellor, mentor, teacher and father to all.
“He is disciplined and principled as far as the Kingdom business and the church policies are concerned. Apostle Debrah is very courageous, visionary and very focused on life and ministry. Ministers are able to approach him with their challenges. His earnest desire is to see to the welfare and progress of ministers and the entire church,” the testimony read.
In a testimony on behalf of the Area Presbytery, Elder Benjamin Ofosu Okyere (Area Deacon) described Apostle Debrah as a decent and well-organised man of God who works with passion and integrity.
“His philosophy is clear-cut: The Father’s business must be faithfully accomplished,” he further stated.
He also stated that during Apostle Debrah’s tenure as Kintampo Area Head, the Area saw a significant increase in its finances, especially in tithes and missions offering, which recorded an increment of over 200% in five years.
During the same period, the area recorded a 47% increment in membership, opening of 44 new assemblies and six new districts, as well as, completion and dedication of 41 church buildings and 15 mission houses.
He also undertook the “One District One Motoking” project, which resulted in 18 tricycles (Motor King) being presented to 18 districts in the Area.
The Women’s Ministry also described Mrs Mabel Debrah as a good leader, counsellor, approachable, teacher and mother to everybody. They applauded her for her sterling leadership to the women in the Area.
Using Lamentation 3:20-23, Numbers 14:5-9 and Joshua 14:6-9, Apostle James Quardson, in a sermon titled “Accessing God’s faithfulness: A Case Study of Caleb,” admonished Christians to develop a strong conviction about God and His faithfulness irrespective of the challenges that come their way.
He advised them to learn from Caleb, who was not intimidated by the giants on the land but gave a good report based on his conviction about God’s faithfulness in their journey.
Apostle Quardson emphasised that God closely observes His people as He walks with them and He expects them to be faithful in all circumstances.
Present at the service were Apostle J.B.K Tawiah (Kwadaso Area Head), Hon. Isaac Baffoe Ameyaw (Municipal Chief Executive for Kintampo North) as well as wives of the Area Heads in the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regions.
Report by Overseer Prince Augustine Ababio (Kintampo Area Reporter)