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CoP-Netherlands Youth Ministry Embarks On Excursion To Parliament

The Youth Ministry of The Church of Pentecost in the Netherlands embarked on an educational excursion to the Parliament House in Den Haag.

The event, which took place on Monday, July 8, 2024, involved a youth delegation of selected individuals and executives from the ministry, accompanied by leaders, including Overseer Albert Amoah Tenkorang, the National Youth Ministry Leader.

The group received a warm welcome from Hon. Don Ceder, a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands and a prominent lawyer affiliated with the Christian Union Political Party.

Hon. Don Ceder provided the delegation with an engaging overview of the Dutch political system, introducing the various political parties and assessing the group’s knowledge of Dutch politics.

He shared his personal journey into politics, emphasizing his commitment to Christian values, which motivated his political career.

During the interactions, participants had the opportunity to ask questions and share their thoughts on several pertinent issues.

Topics discussed included immigration, education, LGBTQ rights, abortion, housing in the Netherlands, and the challenges of learning Dutch as a foreigner.

Hon. Don Ceder addressed each question comprehensively, sharing insights into the Christian Union Party’s stance and actions on these matters.

He acknowledged the controversial nature of issues such as LGBTQ rights, abortion, and drugs, which often provoke heated debates in parliament.

Hon. Don Ceder further elaborated on the Christian Union Party’s efforts and the obstacles they face. Despite occupying only three seats in parliament, the party remains committed to advocating for Christian values and making a positive impact on society.

He encouraged the youth to develop an interest in politics, highlighting the importance of having Christians in political roles to influence decisions that align with their faith.

This call to action echoed Proverbs 29:2: “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

The meeting concluded with a prayer by Overseer Albert Tenkorang, followed by a ceremonial presentation to Hon. Don Ceder.

The event ended on a joyful note with networking, socialization, and group/individual photographs capturing the memorable occasion.

This event was not only an educational experience but also an inspiring one, encouraging the youth to engage with political matters and consider the impact they can make as future leaders.

The visit to the Parliament House provided valuable insights into the Dutch political system and underscored the importance of integrating faith with public service.

Report by CoP-Netherlands Media Team

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Wives Are Partners In Missions Work – Mrs Rebecca Sey

The wife of the Dansoman Area Head of The Church of Pentecost and a longtime missionary, Mrs Rebecca Sey, has advised wives of missionaries to recognise that they are partners with their husbands in missions and ministry.

She admonished them not to seek to overshadow their husbands because they are not in any form of completion, but rather work together as partners with the aim of winning souls for Christ.

Mrs Sey gave this admonition when sharing practical insights and lessons learned from her experiences as a missionary’s wife during the 2024 Missions Orientation held at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh, from July 8-12, 2024.

According to the wife of the Dansoman Area Head of the church, although ministers’ wives may not hold official titles, their ministry is an integral part of their husband’s work. She encouraged wives to be supportive, submissive, and to serve as spiritual pillars and warriors behind their husbands’ ministry.

She likened missionaries to ambassadors and diplomats, sent to represent God and their churches with the mandate of preaching the gospel and working towards the salvation of souls. She stressed that being called as a missionary is a great honour, as Jesus Christ himself was the first and greatest missionary.

She cautioned against exploiting the missions’ journey for personal gain, urging them to serve faithfully.

Addressing the challenges that missionaries face, Mrs Sey reminded them that God will never forsake them, as promised in Matthew 8:18.

Mrs Sey emphasised the need for wives of missionaries to be encouragers, showing maturity in the face of challenges. She advised them to develop a sacrificial heart, be visionary partners, and maintain humility, diplomacy, and a teachable spirit.

Acknowledging the challenges missionaries face, including financial constraints, missing family, and cultural and language barriers, Mrs Rebecca Sey encouraged wives to stand firm in their faith and not force their husbands to compromise their values.


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Never Forget The Message You Have Been Sent With – Apostle Dr Anim Advises

The Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Pentecost University, Apostle Dr Emmanuel Anim, has advised missionaries to always carry along the Gospel message, which is the main task of a Christian.

According to him, missionaries are not self-appointed but sent with a divine message.

‘You have been called and sent, but you are not going on your own accord but with a message. Your goal is to communicate effectively the message you have been sent with,” he stated.

Apostle Dr Anim revealed this when speaking on the topic, ‘Biblical Perspective on Mission’ during the second day of the 2024 Mission Orientation currently underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa-Fetteh.

The Pro-Vice Chancellor noted that the entire Bible is the foundation for the mandate of mission, saying, ‘Through Christ and the people of God, who are Abraham’s spiritual children, we have a responsibility to all mankind to be stewards of God’s creation.’

Citing Genesis 12:1-3, he urged Christians to recognise their calling, much like Abraham did.

He also referred to Jonah as a reluctant missionary whose story reflects human limitations and desires in seeking to accomplish God’s mission.

‘Often God does not think like us. Jonah wanted his enemies to be punished because of historical experiences. He saw Yahweh as the God of Israel and not God of their enemies,’ he noted.

Drawing from Matthew 28:19, he cited the imperative of the Great Commission, stressing that Christians are sent out to change systems with the values and principles of the Kingdom of God.

Missionaries, according to Apostle Dr Anim, must lead people to recognise the Lordship of Christ.

He referenced Acts 10:15-16 where Apostle Peter struggled but eventually accepted and obeyed God’s directive to welcome Gentiles into his home.

‘The missionary challenge you will have to deal with is gospel and culture. Culture is dynamic, but you must understand where people are at a particular time. At the heart of every culture is a worldview, which shapes our future,’ Apostle Dr Anim explained.

He likened culture to an iceberg, with observable aspects and hidden depths that can only be suspected or imagined.

‘The principle of love must be in operation; do not exploit the people. Mission is about the transformation of people and cultures in the light of God’s word,’ he concluded.


Apostle Dr Tsekpoe Emphasises The Need For Intergenerational Missions web

The Head of Ministerial Formation and Training at the Pentecost School of Theology and Mission (PSTM), Pentecost University, Apostle Dr Christian Tsekpoe, has stressed the critical importance of intergenerational missions in fulfilling the Great Commission.

Presenting a paper on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh, during the 2024 Missions Orientation for newly called missionaries of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr Tsekpoe drew some lessons from Matthew 28:19-20 and Acts 1:8 and explained that Jesus’ vision for the gospel was not to be confined to Jerusalem, but to spread to Judea, Samaria, and the ends of the earth – encompassing all generations to come.

He lamented that while the church in Africa is experiencing vibrant growth, the church in the West has lost much of its former vibrancy. He warned that this shift is a deviation from God’s original mandate, which is for the gospel to be spread and not for it to move from one point to another.

He indicated that there is a need to consider all persons, both old and young in the missions work. This, he explained, is because they both play roles that are significant from each other.

He emphasised the critical role of the Holy Spirit in maintaining the gains of the church and called for a deliberate, intentional approach to intergenerational missions.

The Resident Minister for A-Lang Worship Centre challenged the church to not cling to outdated practices, but to adapt to the needs of the younger generation. He urged the church to encourage intergenerational services, where children and youth are given meaningful roles and opportunities to participate fully alongside the adults like ushering, protocol, choirs, leading worship, and even preaching.

For that to be possible, he suggested that intentionality and consistency is required. He cautioned against separating the young from the adults, as this can make them feel unimportant.

Apsotle Dr Tsekpoe also emphasised the need to listen to the language and perspectives of the current generation rather than simply passing down the practices of the past to them. He called for a deliberate, mission-focused approach that provides opportunities for all generations to interact and collaborate.

The Pentecost University Lecturer made a clarion call for the church to embrace the vision of intergenerational missions, ensuring that the gospel continues to spread to the ends of the earth and to all generations to come.


Social Media Key In Promoting Missions Work – Pastor Dr Klutse web

Social Media Key In Promoting Missions Work – Pastor Dr Klutse

The Director of the Pent Media Centre of The Church of Pentecost, Pastor Dr Felix Dela Klutse, has revealed that social media is very critical in enhancing missions work as it can provide maximum results.

Making a presentation on ‘The Use of Technology and Social Media for Greater Results in Missions Work,’ at the 2024 Missions Orientation for newly called missionaries of The Church of Pentecost and ministerial students at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, Pastor Dr Klutse highlighted the need for Christians, including missionaries to learn how to use social media to facilitate the proclamation of the gospel.

‘Not learning how to use social media is like a missionary going into a new country and not learning their language,’ he cautioned.

The Media Director indicated that the devil is using the social media to execute his agenda. Therefore, there is the need for Christians to make deliberate efforts to use social media to also promote the agenda of Christ.

According to Pastor Dr Klutse, Facebook is an agenda-setting tool, and it is imperative for missionaries to pay critical attention to it and make use of it to set evangelism agenda.  

He explained that Jesus’ call in to his disciples and believers in Mark 16: 15 to ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation,’ includes the world of social media and the people in it. He, therefore, called on the church to raise social media missionaries for the execution of that mandate.

Sensitising the participants on social media missions, the media strategist advised them to identify the need of people, offer solutions to them to attract them and spread the gospel through that.

He also advised them to make their messages portable using short videos because the current generation want things ‘now, fast and on the go.’

He entreated them to focus on building relationships so that people will engage the contents they put on social media, ask questions, just like Jesus asked questions when he was on earth to initiate conversation, respond to questions and reply to comments on their social media posts consistently.

Pastor Dr Felix Dela Klutse admonished the participants to invest in media gadgets and social media ads to promote the gospel and wins more souls on the social media space for Christ.


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Be Sold Out To God – Apostle Adjei-Kwarteng Charges Missionaries

The Kwadaso Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng, has advised Christian missionaries to have a heart of absolute service to God.

According to him, this should be the heart of every missionary – somebody who is sold out completely to God. 

He made this known on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, during the opening session of the 2024 Missions Orientation currently underway at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa-Fetteh.

Apostle Adjei-Kwarteng, an Executive Council Member of the church, stressed on the essence of a missionary’s heart, contrasting between the physical and spiritual importance of the heart.

‘The heart is the blood-pumping machine, one of the vital organs of the body,’ he said, referencing Ephesians 3:17 to highlight the heart as the seat of God and the human spirit.

He urged Christians to guard it diligently as it is the engine of both spiritual and social life.

He described the heart of a missionary as the core makeup, inclinations, drives, priorities, and passions that define them, saying, ‘The composition of your heart should be the totality of your person.’

He referenced Acts 21:10-14 and Deuteronomy 6:4-5 to illustrate how Apostle Paul was forewarned about the dangers in his missionary trip to Jerusalem, yet his unwavering commitment to God remained.

‘Paul was a man sold out for God; that is how every Christian worker and minister of the Gospel should be. Love God, have passion for souls, love the church above everything and even above your life,’ he stressed.

He quoted the words of David Livingstone, a pioneer Christian missionary, ‘I am determined never to stop until I have come to the end and achieved my purpose. I am prepared to go anywhere provided it goes forward and promote the gospel. If you have men who will only come if they know that there is a good road then I don’t want them, I want men who will come even if there is no road at all.’

According to him, a missionary should be the foremost witness of Christ, as highlighted in Acts 1:8, and must be ready to defend or die for Christ and the Gospel, as seen in Romans 8:35.

‘Without a genuine love for God, service to Him becomes a task,’ Apostle Kwarteng noted, referencing John 21:15-19, adding that love is the lubricant that oils the heart and makes any operation for God easy.

He explained that zeal, encompassing fervent passion and earnestness, is crucial for success on the mission field.

A missionary, according to him, must know God personally and understand the people he works with. He must possess a sacrificial heart, placing God’s interests above all else, including family.


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God Will Go With You – Apostle Massaboi Zuwu Assures Missionaries

The Liberia National Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Massaboi Zuwu, has admonished ministers who are going on missions to be assured that the presence of God will go with them on their missions’ journey.

Apostle Massaboi made this admonishment on Tuesday, July 9, 2024, when delivering a word of exhortation at the opening session of the 2024 Orientation for newly called missionaries and ministerial students completing their formation at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh.

Speaking on the topic, ‘A Man Chosen by God,’ he indicated that God does not send until he calls. He indicated that before God sends someone, He chooses the person and calls the person.

He explained that the fact that God choses someone does not mean He is limited in choices, saying, ‘God had choices but decided to choose you to serve. His call is not based on qualifications but it is based on His grace and the availability of the man He calls.’

According to him, there is a general call to salvation and a specific call into missionary. He indicated that the mission of God is not of man but of God as captured in John 15:16.

Apostle Zuwu revealed to the missionaries that God has called them to go into mission to bear fruits.

Using the example of how Moses told God he did not have the ability to properly speak when he was called to go and ask Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery, Apostle Massaboi indicated that anytime God calls a man, His grace equips them for the call. This grace, he explained, empowers them to work.

Apostle admonished missionaries to understand that they have been sent by God as an answer to the cries of the people and that God’s presence which emboldens, empowers and puts man in charge, will go with them anywhere they find themselves and provide solutions to the people’s quest for seeing the light.

He also revealed that the man chosen by God for missions must be fruitful.

This annual mission orientation is organised by the International Missions Office of The Church of Pentecost to give ministers who have been called into the missions an idea of what they will encounter in the field and how to go about things for the effective execution of their duties.


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2024 Missions Orientation Begins

The Pentecost Convention Centre in Gomoa Fetteh is hosting the 2024 edition of orientation for newly called missionaries and ministerial students of The Church of Pentecost.

The event began today, July 9, 2024, and is expected to end on Friday, July 12, 2024 with a commissioning service for the newly called ministers who have completed their ministerial formation.

Speaking at the opening session of the programme, the General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi, noted that as missionaries, it is good to be oriented to know the dos and don’ts of the ministry.

‘It is important that you get titbits on what to do and how to conduct yourself. We know the Holy Spirit is there, but you need a bit of training,’ he said.

He added that it is good to come together so as to hear from experienced missionaries who have been on the field before in order not to make mistakes which can be easily avoided.

Speakers for the conference include Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman), Apostle Emmanuel Agyeman Bekoe (IMD), Apostle Dr Amos Jimmy Markin (Evangelism Ministry Director), Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh (PEMEM Director), Apostle Prof. Kwabena Agyapong Kodua (Vice Chancellor, Pentecost University), Apostle Dr Emmanuel Anim (Acting Pro Vice Chancellor, Pentecost University), Apostle Yaw Adjei Kwarteng (Kwadaso Area Head), Apostle Daniel Sey (Dansoman Area Head), Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo (Coordinator, Home and Urban Mission), Apostle Dr. Edward Arko Koranteng (Director, Pentecost Hospital – Madina), Apostle Dr Ben Debrah (National Head, Sweden), Apostle Dr Samuel Ofori (Rtd).

Other speakers are Pastor Alexander Nyame (Coordinator, Ministry to Person with Disability), Pastor Dr Felix Dela Klutse (Director, Pent Media Centre), Pastor Paul Odai Laryea (Head of IT Department, Headquarters), Pastor George Prah Amonoo, Mrs Rebecca Sey, Elder Dr Christopher Ampadu, Mrs. Grace Dodoo, Elder Seth Yaw Peasah and Mrs Ruth Adjabeng Keelson.


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Lungu South Chief Lauds The Church Of Pentecost For Giving Them Church Building

The chiefs and people of Lungu South, near Bongo in the Upper East Region, have commended The Church of Pentecost for putting up a beautiful church building for the people of the community to worship God.

The chief of the community, Naba Amunga-Lungu, together with the Bolgatanga Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle David Amankwaa, on June 7, 2024, cut the tape to commission the Community-Based Church Building (CBCB) at the cost GHS 105,000.00.

Naba Amunga-Lungu seized the opportunity to appeal to the Area Head and the leadership of The Church of Pentecost to release funds for another church building to be constructed on a piece of land he has donated to the church around the palace so that he and his family members and kinsmen can have a nice place to worship God.

The Lungu South assembly in the Bongo District of the Bolgatanga Area of The Church of Pentecost was opened 23 years ago, thus in 2001 during the tenure of the late Pastor David Azagisiya. The members initially fellowshipped at the Father Lebel Memorial R/C Primary School, with Brother Francis Amogre Atinga (now a pastor in charge of the Bukere District in the Bolgatanga Area) as its first presiding officer.

The assembly grew in membership under the following district ministers – the late Pastor David Azagisiya, Pastor Fred Obboh, Pastor Thomas Anane, Pastor Peter Blood Asante Afful and currently, Pastor Evans Kwasi Bawomia, with the following as the presiding officers – Francis Amogre Atinga (now a pastor), Elder Isaac Abongo Adongo, Elder James Atanga and Elder Titus Amogre.

The construction of the church building began in 2018 during the tenure of Pastor Peter Blood Asante Afful, when a CBCB grant was released by the Headquarters. The land for the church building was donated by the Amogre-Atinga’s family of Lungu.

Work went on smoothly until the funds were exhausted, thereby stalling the project. In 2019, the district under the current minister, Pastor Bawomia, secured grants from the Bolgatanga Area while the assembly raised funds to complete the project.

Report by South Lungu Local Media Team

Axim Area Head Dedicates Ezilinbo & Ekpanyisuazo Church Buildings web

Axim Area Head Dedicates Ezilinbo & Ekpanyisuazo Church Buildings

The Axim Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Daniel Mireku-Gyamera, has dedicated the newly constructed church auditoriums of the Ezilinbo and Ekpanyisuazo Assemblies in the Bonyere and Tikobo No. 1 districts of the Church, respectively.

The separate dedication services took place on Sunday, June 16, 2024.

The Ezilinbo Assembly auditorium, which cost GHS 143,000.00, was funded by national, area, and district grants, along with local assembly and individual contributions.

It is worthy to mention that Elder Robert and Mrs. Regina Andoh, both members of the church and natives of Ezilinbo but based in the United States of America, made a massive contribution of GHS 73,000.00 towards the construction of the auditorium.

Preaching on the topic “A Dedicated Church is an Unleashing Centre for Transformation” at the event, Pastor Yeboah Koranteng Jnr., the Nsien District Minister, admonished the members to see the church as a place where love, self-control, and morality are taught and practiced.

He stressed that a dedicated church is a place of prayer and power, a hospital, and not a mortuary.

He added that members should see themselves as mobile churches who will aggressively embark on all forms of outreach, converting and transforming their society.

Apostle Daniel Mireku-Gyamera, in his remarks, thanked and blessed Elder Robert and Mrs. Andoh for their sacrificial giving towards the construction of the building.

He encouraged members to emulate such an act, stressing that The Church of Pentecost was birthed, nurtured, and continues to spread through sacrificial giving.

In attendance were Mrs. Evelyn Selasi Mireku-Gyamera (wife of the Area Head), the area pastorate and their wives. Also present were General Augustine Peter Blay (former Chief of Defence Staff), Nana Kroah IV (Chief of Ezilinbo Community), as well as a delegation from the Jomoro Constituency and other churches.

The Ekpanyisuazo Assembly church building, constructed at a total cost of GHS 80,264.00, was largely funded through the GHS 40,000.00 grant received through the Community Based Church Building (CBCB) initiative of the Church’s Headquarters. The rest of the funds were generated through the area, district, local assembly, and individual contributions.

The most spectacular aspect of the dedication ceremony came when a sister and one of the elders of the Chief of Ekpanyisuazo, who had accompanied him to the event, responded to an altar call by Apostle Daniel Mireku-Gyamera and were led to give their lives to Jesus Christ.

Report by Axim Area Media Team