The Assin Foso Area of The Church of Pentecost has organised a farewell service for the outgoing Area Head, Apostle Sylvester Arhin.
The mammoth service, which took place on Sunday, November 22, 2020, at the Assin Foso Habitat Prayer Grounds, was officiated by the Cape Coast Area Head and Executive Council Member of the Church, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi.
Speaking on the theme, “Approach the Throne of Grace with Confidence,” based on Hebrews 4:14-16, the Agona Swedru Area Head, Apostle Derek Kwaning Mireku, called on believers to live a life of prayer.
He stated: “Prayer is the life-line of the church; it is our mode of communication with the throne room of God, and the church has been sustained since its inception through prayer.”
He, therefore, advised the church to continue steadfastly in prayer to maintain the presence and power of God in His church.
The outgoing Area Head, Apostle Arhin, arrived in Assin Foso Area three years ago from Australia in October 2017. His impact in the Area will remain forever. He has been transferred to the Tamale as Area Head.
Apostle Arhin is affable and down to earth. He is a teacher, a man of prayer, an excellent leader, an encourager with great interpersonal skills, and a tolerant person with a good sense of judgment.
He will be remembered for his weekly teachings on local radio stations, instituting the weekly Wednesday prayers. His evangelistic work led to an increase in the adult and children membership by 5,176 and 2,201 respectively. Under his 3-year leadership in the Area, one new Area (Twifo Praso Area) was carved out of the Assin Foso Area, while three new districts and 26 assemblies were established.
His mentoring and leadership development activities resulted in the calling of seven officers into the full-time ministry of the church and the ordination of 463 officers into the leadership of the church.
His tenure of leadership also saw the dedication of 48 church buildings and two mission houses with many other projects at different stages of completion. God through him also won a landmark case at the Cape Coast High Court for the church to secure the Assin Foso Pentecost Preparatory School lands.
Also present at the event were political and traditional leaders, ministers and their wives from the Area and other sister churches.
Report by Pastor Samuel Avornyo & Joseph Smiles Adu.