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Children’s Ministry Donates To Tema SOS Children’s Village

The Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost has donated to the SOS Children’s Villages in Tema in response to their call for aid amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The items donated include 102 boxes of soap, 51 pieces of Veronica buckets with stands, 51 dustbins, 51 handwashing bowls, 51 gallons of hand sanitisers, 51 packs of face masks, 51 boxes of hand gloves, 51 packs of Adepa Jumbo Tissue, 15 boxes of Samaritan’s Purse and an amount of GH¢10,000.00.

To support the spiritual growth of the children, the ministry also gave out 250 copies of Bibles and 900 copiesofDevotional Guide.

According to the Director, Apostle Fred Tiakor, the donation, which is an annual ritual of the ministry, was also meant to celebrate the thriving relationship between the ministry and the SOS organisation.

The items and amount of donation worth GH¢68,512.31, was received by a representative of SOS Villages Ghana.

Speaking at the brief ceremony held for the donation, National Director for SOS Ghana, Alexander Mark Kekula expressed heartfelt appreciation to The Church of Pentecost for her continued support over the years.

He said that since 2014 when the relationship between both parties was first established, the Children’s Ministry annually donates to all four branches of SOS Villages across Ghana to aid the welfare of children and help run their activities.

The church’s support is, however, not limited to financial aid but also extends to meet the spiritual needs of the children.

The ministry has also adopted houses in all the SOS Villages and periodically runs services at the premise for children in the house and for all who are willing to attend.

Speaking to PENTECOST NEWS in an interview after the event, Apostle Fred Tiakor said these initiatives undertaken by the ministry are inspired by the vision of the church to evangelise, mentor and groom children holistically. He also disclosed that the Church has plans of establishing a Local Assembly in the SOS villages to enhance fellowship.

The Director took the opportunity to visit the church’s adopted house at the SOS Children’s Village in Tema. He was accompanied by some of the Tema Area Children’s Ministry Executive Members.

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Winneba Area Organises ‘Empowering Families To Disciple Children’ Seminar

The Winneba Area of The Church of Pentecost has organised a day’s seminar for all District Ministers and their wives in the Area.

The seminar, which took place at Calvary assembly in the Lowcost District on 23rd July, 2020, was under the chairmanship of the Area Head, Apostle Samuel Otu Appiah.

The facilitators were Pastor Ebenezer Kpalam (Member of the Children’s Ministry National Executive Committee and District Minister for Gomoa Kyiren), and Pastor Bismark Aidan (District Minister of Apam). They treated the main topic, “Empowering families to disciple the children.”

In a presentation, Pastor Kpalam stated: “Parents are responsible for the holistic training of their children. Parents think the training of their children is the responsibility of the church alone.  Again, parents are also comfortable in delegating the training of their children to others.”

He urged parents to intentionally train their children at home since it is their religious duty. He entreated parents to spend at least 30 minutes of their time every day in teaching their children.

He stated: “The Jewish people start the training of their children right from the time the child starts breastfeeding. According to the Jewish custom, the mother teaches the children moral lessons while the father teaches the Torah. At age 3, children were made to recite the Shemah.

“It is expected that every Jewish child recites Deuteronomy chapter six verse four after waking up from sleep and before going to bed” he added.

Pastor Kpalam added that parents are to play the dual role of shepherd and captain. As a captain, he said, parents are expected to organise, train, lead and monitor their children. It should be intentional.

“The Bible is a big book that contains stories- God, Man, Sin and Salvation. Jesus Christ used about 95% stories/parables in his teachings,” he disclosed, while admonishing the participants to use stories to teach their children.

Pastor Aidan, on his part, led the participants through the topic, “God’s Heart for the Family.”

He explained that families are created by God (Genesis 2:24-26); families are the tools by which God makes Himself known through generation to generation (Psalm 78:3-7); the family must teach their children about God and His works so that they can keep hope and trust in Him; families are to guide their children (Proverbs 22:6), and then to honour and train each other (Ephesian 6:1-4). He also asked parents to train their children in love.

In an exhortation given by Pastor Fedalis Yeboah of Otsew Jukwa District on the topic, “The Law of Location” based on Genesis 2:8, stated: “When God places you at the right location, you will surely succeed. Every location has its own actions to be taken. You do not determine your location but God. “In the midst of challenges at the location, pray to God for His sustenance.”

The Area Head, Apostle Otu Appiah, in a remark, admonished the participants to be content wherever they are now. In The Church of Pentecost, you do not determine your location but its God and Church leadership,” he stressed.

In all, about 42 people attended the programme including Noble Mrs. Gifty Dansoah Appiah, the wife of the Area Head.

Report by Pastor Isaac Sunkwah, Winneba.

Children’s Ministry Workers Undergo Training

Children’s Ministry Workers Undergo Training

Children’s Ministry workers of Roman Ridge District in the La Area of The Church of Pentecost have undergone a one-day intensive training to equip them in discharging their duties effectively.

The training seminar was organised by the District Children’s Ministry under the leadership of Elder Samuel Aidoo.

The wife of the District Minister, Mrs. Beatrice Achim-Gyimah, who was a facilitator at the event, touched on the Role of the Teacher in Holistic Child Development.

In her presentation, she noted that the Children’s Ministry is one that is so important and dear to God’ heart and the church. For this reason, it is necessary for Children Ministry workers to be true born-again Christians and God-fearing to be able to positively impact children.

Mrs. Beatrice Achim-Gyimah stated that, apart from the home, school, and playground, when children go to the house of God, they expect to experience a different environment altogether with a much more peaceful and serene atmosphere.

“Children see the house of God as a hiding place where they would be loved just as they are without being despised or insulted for any reason,” she said.

She further stated that parents have entrusted their children into the hands of teachers to help shape them for future. For that matter, everything teachers do must contribute to the joy of the children they lead.

She, therefore, advised Teachers to always endeavour to introduce children to Jesus, because they are “Pastors” to the children.

She also urged teachers to be clear in presenting the gospel message of Jesus Christ to the children, stressing that they ought to know the word of God before presenting it to the children.

The teachers were also encouraged to take keen interest in the life of the children by demonstrating love to them and paying regular visits to their homes and schools.

Mrs. Achim-Gyimah charged the Children’s Ministry workers to expose children to various worldviews so that they are not deceived. “You should be careful to teach both God’s law and God’s love,” she added.

Mrs. Beatrice Achim-Gyimah concluded her presentation by urging participants to relate well with the children entrusted to their care in order to earn their trust so that they would open up to them about the problems or issues bothering them.

Among the topics treated at the event were “Effective Lesson Preparation and Teaching,” “Forming a Children’s Club and its Importance to the Church and the Society,” “Security Awareness Tips at Church,” etc.

Participants of the event were each presented with certificate.

Report by Gina Akua Padi