Apostle Samuel Appiah Goes Home “The Church of Pentecost has lost a gallant soldier. Even though we wished he was around to break more ground and open missions for the Church, he won 18 nations for the Lord and the Church. It is not about the number of years you live on earth but the works that follow when you are dead and gone.”
Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, shared these heartfelt words as countless individuals mourned the passing of the late Apostle Samuel Appiah.
He had served as the former United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Head of The Church of Pentecost and the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) Coordinator for the UAE, Middle East, and Gulf Region Bloc of the Church.
The memorial service took place at the West African Senior High School (WASS) School Park, Adenta in Accra on Saturday, July 29, 2023.
Delivering a brief sermon on the theme, “Our appointment with Death,” the Haatso Area Head of the Church, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, underscored that death is an irreversible and inevitable part of human life.
He explained that due to the inevitability of death, everyone should prepare for it, saying, “Because of its nature, man does not consider it as part of plans.”
The former International Missions Director (IMD) of the Church stressed the need to keep the memories of the dead alive.
Samuel Appiah was born on 18th July 1960 at Prestea in the Western Region of the Republic of Ghana. His father was Rev. Joseph Kojo Appiah of The Church of Pentecost, and his mother – Mrs Ruth Ekua Nyarko Appiah, both parents are of blessed memory.
As a serial church planter who conquered many grounds and nations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Middle East, and the Gulf Region and in Africa, Apostle Appiah served at Airport District in Cote d’Ivoire (1993-1995), Beposo Dunkwa in Sekondi Area (1995-2001), Dodowa in Madina Area (2001-2005), Adenta in Haatso Area (2005-2010), Abrepo in Bompata Area (2010-2012), Mauritius (2012-2013), and UAE (2013–2023) within his 30-year ministry.
The late former Dubai National Head left behind a widow, Mrs Salomey Adwoa Owusua Appiah, eight children, three adopted, and others.
In a tribute read by the General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, on behalf of the General Council, Apostle Appiah was described as “fearless and courageous” as he set out on an ambitious quest to establish a branch of The Church of Pentecost in an Arab nation.
“His generosity and heart of giving endeared him to many and boosted the growth of the church in the places he served in his ministerial life. As a missionary, he was wise and witty, having mastered the skill of knowing what to say and how to say it, which helped him anytime he was met with serious opposition,” he stated.
The widow said her husband was a hardworking man who took his ministry seriously and ensured the timely delivery of all his ministerial assignments.
She added that her late husband was passionate about his family and ensured they lacked nothing, adding, “He always wanted the best for his children and never compromised on their education.”
The endearing tribute from his children read: “Daddy gave us all the opportunities in this world that any caring and loving father would give to his children. He was the reason some of us got the opportunity to advance our careers.”
The Church in the United Arab Emirates emphasised that the late Apostle Appiah was a father, a counsellor, and an encourager who kept his head in all situations, endured hardship, did the work of an evangelist, and discharged all the duties of his ministry.
“His selflessness towards God’s work encouraged us not to forsake the gathering of the saints, which helped us to stand firm in all the difficulties and challenges we go through in the UAE,” it stressed.
The Church of Pentecost has lost a son, a missionary, an evangelist, a Church planter, and a disciple-maker. We take consolation in the fact that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.
May his soul rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord.