Prof. Otoo Ellis & Family Build Children Resource Centre

Prof. Otoo Ellis & Family Build Children Resource Centre

The Children’s Ministry Director of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Professor William Otoo Ellis, together with his family, have built an ultra-modern Children Resource Centre for the Church at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

A short dedication and commissioning service was held on Tuesday, January 24, 2023, during the Heads’ Session of the Global Ministers’ and Wives’ Conference 2023.

The resource centre was dedicated by the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye. He was supported by the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, and other members of the Executive Council.

Handing over the keys to the church, Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis, a former Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), thanked the leadership of the church for giving the land for the project, saying, “We thank the leadership of the church, especially the Chairman for giving us the opportunity to contribute to God’s work. It is a great honour.”

According to Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis, the idea of getting a resource centre became pertinent after a national vision tour of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ministry where children workers needed to be focused on and trained and equipped.

“We did a lot of consultation and I met the leadership and my family. Today, we have this edifice to the glory of God,” he disclosed, adding, “This facility represents gratitude to the living God, not forgetting the many people we consulted and motivated us to finish this project.”

Dedicating the edifice, the Chairman, Apostle Nyamekye stated: “We want to thank you, Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis once again, for this show of love. We pray that others will emulate this so that we will be able to commit back to the church the many that we have received from God and the church.”

A citation was presented to Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis and his family for the noble gesture in supporting the Children’s Ministry and the church.

The Children Resource Centre has a 200-capacity auditorium for training; six large rooms (with three being demonstrating rooms for ages 0-6, 7-9, and 10-12); a library, two syndication rooms for small group meetings; 10-capacity conference room, two washrooms, an office, and a reception area.

Joining the family were Dr. Mrs. Florence Otoo Ellis (wife of Pastor Prof. Otoo Ellis), his three children, his parents, Apostle and Mrs. Denson (former General Secretary of the Apostolic Church), among others.

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La Area Women’s Ministry Organises Thanksgiving Service

La Area Women’s Ministry Organises Thanksgiving Service

The La Area Women’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost has organised a thanksgiving service to appreciate God for His goodness towards the members of the church.

Speaking at the annual event on January 9, 2023, at Dr Thomas Wyatt Temple, the wife of the La Area Head, Mrs Juanita Nuekpe, charged members never to seize thanking God in all circumstances. 

She spoke on the topic, “Ebenezer, thus far the Lord has brought us” – 1 Samuel 7:12.

Mrs Nuekpe hinted that Prophet Samuel raised a memorial stone anytime God granted victory to the Israelites, signifying their heartfelt gratitude to God.

She noted that although not all expectations were met in 2022, yet it is fit to render thanks to God, be it good or bad.

“It is the grace of God that has kept us alive and ushered us into a new year. It is this same grace that will continue to carry us through 2023 and the rest of the years ahead. So we need to raise a memorial of thanksgiving to Him,” she added.

Mrs Nuekpe further cited Noah and Abraham as examples of persons who raised memorial altars to God in Genesis 8:20; 12:7-8 after the flood and angelic visitation, respectively.

Also quoting from Hebrews 13:15, Mrs Nuekpe admonished believers to be intentional in rendering thanks to God.

Referring to Luke 17:12-19, she indicated that as members continually thank God, He expands their territories and preserves them.

According to him, when the ten lepers received healing, only one went back to thank Jesus and was made whole.

Mrs Juanita Nuekpe concluded by urging members of the ministry to make thanksgiving a lifestyle.

In attendance were Mrs Rose Kumi-Larbi (wife of the General Secretary of the church), Deaconess Margaret Osei (former Deputy Director of the Women’s Ministry), and the La Area Women’s Ministry Leader, Deaconess Bernice Broni, and her team.

Report by Gina Padi.

Children’s Ministry Alumni Donate Bibles To Assin Foso Area

Children’s Ministry Alumni Donate Bibles To Assin Foso Area

Members of the Children’s Ministry Old Students’ Association (ChiMOSA) in Assin Foso Area of The Church of Pentecost, on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, donated 1,055 copies of the Bible worth GH₵ 9,000.00 to the Children’s Ministry of the Area.

Leadership of the association, led by Elder Daniel Mends, presented the Bibles to the church during the ministry’s end-of-year meeting at Assin Foso.

According to Elder Mends, the donation was done in response to the ‘Operation 1,000 Bibles’ project launched by the association during its official inauguration in October last year.

Receiving the Bibles on behalf of the ministry, the Area Children’s Ministry Leader, Pastor Samuel Avornyo, expressed his appreciation to the association for all the support towards the ministry in the Area since its inauguration.

He was hopeful that the ministry and the association will continue to collaborate to make the Children’s Ministry the best-performing one in the Area.

The association has more than 300 members across Europe, the United States of America (USA), and Ghana. Its core aims are to connect all members of The Church of Pentecost who have been through the ministry in the Assin Foso Area and beyond, check their progress in the church, and collaborate in propagating various initiatives that will help develop and sustain the ministry.

Also present were Area and District Executives of the Children’s Ministry.

Report by Pastor Samuel Avornyo.

Pastor Afawuah Launches Maiden Children’s Music Album

Pastor Afawuah Launches Maiden Children’s Music Album

Pastor John Afawuah, the Kumasi Sector Children’s Ministry Pastor of The Church of Pentecost, has launched a maiden children’s music album titled “Mmɔfra Ho Hia” (Translated: Children Are Important).

The 16-track album, which was unveiled on Sunday, December 18, 2022, at the Santasi Bethel Assembly of the Church, contains Sunday School songs like “Abofra Ketewa,” “Mmofra Ho Hia,” “I am a Child.”

Pastors, leaders, teachers and members of the Children’s Ministry from the various Areas and Districts were present to grace the launch.

The album also featured the Echoes of Godly Children, the Kumasi Sector children’s choir.

Speaking at the event, Pastor John Afawuah revealed that the influence of secular music on children recently is outrageous, and its impact on their future is highly pernicious. 

According to the Children’s Pastor, he was inspired by God to invest in the young ones to impact their fellows with godly music, which is another approach to lead people to the saving knowledge of Christ Jesus.

“Trending songs across the various social media platforms negatively affect the spiritual growth and development of the young. That is why we have been inspired to put these songs together to build them in the fear of the Lord for the future of this country,” he said.

He added that “the voice of the Children’s Ministry behind the lyrics will help engage their fellow children and impact them positively for God and the country.”

He encouraged Christian parents to saturate their homes with Christian music before calling on the masses to embrace songs from the Echoes of Godly Children.

Some of the children who featured in the songs on the album appreciated the efforts put up by their leadership and the opportunity given them. They, therefore, encouraged their fellows not to be shy of their God-given talents but must use them at church to the glory of God.

Report by Dennis Owusu & Emmanuel Nana Nsiah

DEA Children’s Ministry Holds Bible Spelling Competition

DEA Children’s Ministry Holds Bible Spelling Competition

The Children’s Ministry of the Darkuman English Assembly (DEA) in the Kaneshie Area of The Church of Pentecost held its maiden edition of the Bible Spelling Competition last Sunday.

The competition, dubbed “Study to Show Yourself Approved,” aimed at making the study of the word of God fun and more innovative. 

The event, which was held between the various Jethro Initiative (JI) groups in the assembly, took place at the Children’s Ministry auditorium.

In his opening address, the Darkuman District Children’s Ministry Leader, Deacon Enock Anim Asante, said that the competition was the first among many planned by the ministry in the district. 

According to him, subsequent competitions would be organised for all the assemblies in the district in the coming year. 

“These competitions would promote teamwork and unity among the children as we strive to raise godly and transformational future leaders,” he added. 

Deaconess Sheila Williams, the Children’s Ministry Leader of Darkuman English Assembly, encouraged the children to take their studies, both in school and at church, seriously, stressing that: “Quality and good education with self-discipline in the reading and studying the word of God would surely take you to high places in future.”

The five-member JI competing groups spelt words from the book of Matthew from chapters 1 to 10, using the New International Version (NIV) Bible as their reference point. 

At the end of the contest, medals were presented to the overall winners and all other participants.

Deaconess Sheila Williams, in her closing remarks, expressed heartfelt appreciation to the planning committee for the Spelling Competition and the various JI groups for a well-organised event.

The Jethro Initiative, which has as its slogan “Nurturing unto Godliness,” is an extra-curricular programme of the Children’s Ministry aimed at complementing and strengthening the activities of the Sunday Schools in building the foundation of children in Christ and His word and entrenching them on the need to walk in the Faith.

Report by Darkuman English Assembly Media Team

Takoradi Area Children’s Ministry Supports Ministers’ Wives

Takoradi Area Children’s Ministry Supports Ministers’ Wives

The Takoradi Area Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost, led by the Area Leader, Pastor Charles Yaw Kodom, has donated half-pieces of clothes valued at GH₵ 26,040.00 to 214 ministers’ wives in eight internal mission areas of the church in Ghana.

The items were presented on Wednesday, November 16, 2022, at the sidelines of the Heads’ Meetings at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa-Fetteh, near Kasoa.

According to Pastor Kodom, the kind gesture was part of the 50th Anniversary celebration of the Children’s Ministry, saying, “We want to touch the lives of ministers’ wives in the internal missions areas of the church with tokens of half pieces of clothes.”

The beneficiary areas were the Bolgatanga, Bawku, Walewale, Yendi, Tumu, Sawla, Kete-Krachie, and Nkwanta areas.

Pastor Charles Yaw Kodom disclosed that two more areas would later benefit from the support. These, he noted, are the Tamale and Wa Areas.

“We are extremely grateful to the Lord Almighty for his abundant grace in making this projection to be fulfilled,” he stated.

Receiving the items, the Children’s Ministry Director of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Prof. William Otoo Ellis, expressed his sincere gratitude to the Takoradi Area Children’s Ministry Executive Committee and their members for such a thoughtful act of service to the beneficiaries.

Present were Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Patron, Children’s Ministry and Ashaiman Area Head) and Deaconess Philomina Mireku (Women’s Ministry Director).

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Anyaa District Appreciates Children’s Ministry Workers

The Anyaa District of The Church of Pentecost organised an appreciation service in honour of the 75 Children’s Ministry workers (Sunday School teachers) in the district.

The event, according to the District Minister, Pastor Emmanuel Teye Sackitey, was organised to commend the children’s workers for their dedicated service towards the spiritual growth and holistic development of children in the district.

“It is common knowledge that among the hardly appreciated people in churches are Sunday School Teachers. Whilst some see them as a nuisance to mainline adult service, others consider their services as the least important,” he observed.

He advised Church leaders to regard the services of Children workers as indispensable to the growth and development of the body of Christ in this undulating world, where the love of many is growing cold.

“The role of Children’s Ministry Workers is critical in the Possessing the Nation agenda,” he added.

Pastor Sackitey, therefore, praised the Children’s Ministry workers for the good work they are doing such as paying regular visits to children in their homes and schools, holding prayer meetings with children, training children during ministry week celebrations, etc.

Pastor Sackitey advised Children’s Ministry workers never to expect any pecuniary reward in discharging their duties, but to be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that their labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Receiving the donation on behalf of the teachers, the District Children’s Ministry Leader, Elder David Agyemang, said that they were completely overwhelmed by the gesture of the Church leadership and pledged their commitment to the service of the Children’s Ministry.

An amount of GHȼ8,354.50 raised from the six local assemblies in the district was shared among all 75 Children’s Ministry workers.

Report by Anyaa District Media Team

Anyaa District Donates 564 Bibles To Children

The Anyaa District in the Anyaa-Ablekuma Area of The Church of Pentecost has distributed 564 Bibles, worth GHȼ3,900.00, among the children in the district.

The donation, which took place on October 16, 2022, was jointly sponsored by the District Children’s Ministry and the various local assemblies in the district.

The gesture is in fulfilment of the One-Child-One-Bible project of the Children’s Ministry which aims at making the word of God accessible to all children in the Church.

Earlier, the district received 240 Bibles from the Area Children’s Ministry and distributed to the children. Currently, all 804 members of the Children’s Ministry in the district have received Bibles.

During the presentation, the District Minister, Pastor Emmanuel Teye Sackitey, remarked that, considering the invaluable use of the Bible in training the child, it should be the most basic property every child possesses. 

He, therefore, charged all the children’s workers to help harness the gifts and talents of the children, and also form reading clubs in the community to help children develop interest in reading the Bible.

Receiving the Bibles on behalf of the children, the District Children’s Ministry Leader, Elder David Agyemang, expressed much gratitude to the leadership of the Church for such a wonderful initiative. 

He pledged the commitment of children’s workers towards ensuring the children make good use of the Bibles.

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50 Years Gone, What Next?

So soon the euphoria around the Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost is gradually dying out and the dust is settling on the five-decade journey of the Ministry, breaking a new dawn for the years ahead.

The question, however, is: What does the future hold for the church and this important ministry, which is the bedrock for the survival of such a great institution like The Church of Pentecost and Christianity as a whole? Are there lessons we can gather from our five-decade journey? What should be the responsibility of various stakeholders in the church? These and many questions come into mind as we brought the curtains down on the 50th anniversary celebration of the Children’s Ministry.

In every small seed, they say is the future of a big tree. History has it that this great oak that has seen the churning out of some crème de la crème of society and for the church started as a small seed that was planted and nurtured by the caring hands of the late Mrs Margaret Mills, wife of Pastor David Mills (the then Principal of the Pentecost Bible School in Asokwa, Kumasi) at their mission house. Hmmm…I believe, if it were today, it may have qualified to be one of our Community Children’s Clubs (CCCs). The Mills are gone to be with the Lord but their legacy still lives on. 

Let me pause here and ask…how many mission houses (District and Area) do we have in the church today? Per a simple calculation, if the number of ministers in the church now is a little over 4,000, then we should have almost the same number of mission houses. Can you imagine the number of Community Children’s Clubs we could have if every ‘Osofomaame’ (Minister’s wife) like Mrs Margaret Mills, decides to establish one with the support of their husbands? Can this not make our agenda of possessing the nations quite faster? As for this, I am only thinking aloud oo.

Let us now turn the searchlight on the participation of various stakeholders – leadership, parents, children workers and our children in Children’s Ministry activities over the years, and most especially the just-ended week-long celebrations.

John C. Maxwell has said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” Can you imagine that it took the leadership of the church in our 85-year checkered journey as a church, 35 solid years to accept and formalize the activities of the Children’s Ministry. The vision direction in those days might have been different, but the historical contribution of the children towards the development of the church cannot be underestimated. Is it not true that some adults then were led into the church by their children? Or were the thoughts of leadership in the early stages of the church’s development in sink with that of the Israelites in the days of Haggai who said it was not time to build God’s house (Haggai 1:1-5)?

However, the answers to the above questions may be, some attitudes of some leaders (ministers and officers) yield some credence to the fact that within this current generation, there are still leaders who do not see children as God sees them and their role in the possessing the nations’ agenda. No matter how others see children, God still sees them as his heritage, his reward and as arrows in the hand of a warrior who, when well-equipped, are expected to bring glory to their parents at the city gate (Psalm 127:3-5). Who dare see these children who are God’s standard for gaining entry into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 18:3) in another light as nuisance?

Notwithstanding the seemingly gloomy picture the attitude of some church leaders seem to paint, other leaders including our chairmen, both past and current and most especially our chairmen, Apostle Eric Nyamekye is giving prominence to the Children’s Ministry both in words and in action. Apostle Nyamekye, in one of his messages, said: “there are so many leaders who are not close to their members at all. How many pastors have thought in the Sunday School in the past year? You were not made a pastor for the adults only. You are a pastor for everyone in the District,including the Children’s Ministry. Go there and teach! If your anointing cannot teach children, then you cannot teach adults at all.” 

Chairman and his Executive and some notable personalities at various levels of the churches leadership continue to show concern for the Children’s Ministry through programmes and activities and policy formulations such as incorporating children auditoriums in all new church building constructions, featuring child-centred issues in lay leadership schools, mounting of programme of studies on Early Childhood at the Pentecost University, Ministers Time with Children at various levels among others.

With all these in place, I believe leadership at various levels must buy into the vision of preparing children to take up the reins of leadership in the future. The children should not be seen as only good when it comes to singing of action songs at conventions, but as members of the church who could be used by God to declare his thoughts and precepts to this generation just as he did with the boy, Samuel (1 Samuel 3).

I look with concern over the years the attitude of most parents towards the activities and progress of their children. Have you noted the attendance of parents during Children’s Week Celebrations? The weekdays are even worst. But mind you parents, who gives his or her assets or estates to somebody to manage and never keep an eye on him? Who does that? Who sends his or her child to school without checking up on his progress or liaising with the teachers to see to the wellbeing of the children? 

According to the American Federation of Teachers, “substantial evidence exists showing that parent involvement benefits students, including raising their academic achievement. There are other advantages for children when parents become involved — namely increased motivation for learning, improved behavior, more regular attendance, and a more positive attitude about homework and school in general.” 

Can we therefore ask ourselves the psychological implication and the long term effect of parents non-involvement and seemingly lack of interest in Children’s Ministry activities on our children?

Some teachers handling the children today themselves have no positive self-image of themselves in their work as children’s workers. Much of this less self-esteem and low confidence are due to lack of required trainings which qualifies one to handle children and sometimes how the church looks at them as people who do not matter and that they have been placed in this department just to take care of the children and prevent them from ‘making noise’. So, most teachers who do not understand this call at best are behaving like hired hands who do close to nothing in feeding, guarding and guiding these lambs (John 10:11 – 14), who are part of the flock the Lord Jesus bought with his own blood (Acts 20:28).

In the next few years, can we have teachers like Jehoaida who will teach the Joashes (children) to do the right thing (2Chronicles 24:2)? Can we have shepherds (teachers) like David who will feed and lead the flock with the integrity of heart and skillfulness of their hands (Psalm 78:72)? 

All these will be possible if we recruit people who have a call to do ministry among children, train them and motivate them to give of their best in moulding the children God’s way.

So what do we do going forward into the unknown but certain future? Let us continue to push for an “all hands and hearts on deck” agenda, which will encourage all from the pulpit to the pews to get involved in Children’s Ministry activities.

  • Can we have a special day all across the nations earmarked for recognizing our hardworking teachers?
  • Can we have a well structured curriculum for the Children’s Ministry with clearly spelt out standards for recruiting teachers for the ministry? 
  • Can we start drawing monthly speakers plan for the ministry like that which is painstakingly drawn by Pastors for the adult membership? Such a plan will pull both ministers and their spouses, officers and other mature members into together to intentionally help to groom the children.
  • Would parents start taking a second look at their attitudes toward the children and the Ministry?
  • Could we have Children’s Ministry Sundays every quarter during the Monthly intergenerational services of the church for them to showcase what they have, aside what is done annually during Children’s Ministry Weeks?
  • Can the church at all levels incorporate the needs of the ministry into their financial budgets as a matter of policy?

In conclusion, as the church and leadership of the Children’s Ministry pursue various plans and activities in making the ministry vibrant, a lot more still needs to be done to ensure the security and future of the church of God. The Scriptures says “a good man leaves an inheritance for his children’s children” (Proverbs 13:22). What legacies will the church leave for the coming generation in the next 50years? Selah!

Written by Pastor Samuel Avornyo (Children’s Ministry Leader, Assin Foso Area).

Children’s Ministry Donates To Cape Coast School For The Deaf And Blind

The Cape Coast Area Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost has donated assorted food items worth GHS 4,000.00 to the Cape Coast School for the Deaf and Blind (CAPEDEAF) as part of activities marking the golden jubilee anniversary celebration of the Children’s Ministry of the Church.

The items, comprising bags of maize, rice, gari, 20 crates of soft drinks, and ten boxes of biscuits, were presented to the school on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, when a delegation of the ministry led by the Area Leader, Pastor Ernest Ohene Adu, visited the institution.

Addressing the staff and students, Pastor Ohene Adu said that the donation was part of the Church’s social responsibility aimed at complementing the effort of government in supporting such public institutions that are in dire need of assistance.

The Assistant Headmaster in charge of Academics, Mr Emmanuel Abiew, who received the items on behalf of the school, thanked the Church for the kind gesture, saying: “Staff and students of CAPEDEAF are forever grateful to The Church of Pentecost Children’s Ministry. God richly bless you.”

The short presentation ceremony, which took place in front of the Administration Block of the school, put deep smiles on the faces of the students. The presentation was witnessed by Mrs. Lydia Asante, the Senior House Mistress, and some staff members and students of the school.

Also in attendance were Deaconess Susanna Marian Holdbrook (Area Assistant Children’s Ministry Leader), Mrs. Akosua Oforiwaa Osei-Appau (Area Children’s Ministry Executive Committee Member), and Elder Samuel Ebo Atobrah (Area Children’s Ministry Executive Committee Member).

Report by Cape Coast Area Media Team