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God Rewards Faithful Service – Chairman Tells Officers

Unpaid Officers of The Church of Pentecost, who are the custodians of the church at the local level, have been advised to continue with their services to God and church since their efforts in the Lord would not be in vain.

Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, gave the assurance when addressing Officers in the Teshie-Nungua Area on Wednesday evening [January 12, 2022]. The meeting, which was attended by Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses in their numbers as well as ministers and their wives in the Area, took place at the Fred Stephen Safo Memorial Temple at Nungua-Nshorna in Accra.

The Chairman revealed that God always rewards faithful service and that anyone who does something good for God and His church receives the appropriate blessings from Him in due course.

Taking his main scripture reading from Matthew 19:27-29, he postulated that Apostle Peter’s question to Jesus about their rewards for following Him was legitimate, else Jesus would not have answered him.

Also reading from Hebrews 11:6; Matthew 25:14-30; 2 Corinthians 8:20-21, he entreated officers of the church to continue to serve with a faithful and honest heart so as to attract God’s manifold blessings into their lives.

Quoting from Exodus 18:21-22, he eulogized officers for being indispensable pillars around which The Church of Pentecost has been built. He held that the church has grown to this enviable height due to the selfless services of officers.

The Chairman however charged them to strive to develop their skills (ability to teach), attitude (the best way to react and respond to issues), and then their character. This, when done, he stated, would make officers of the church more capable, effective, and efficient for the task.

To help sustain the inner joy in doing the work of their Master (Psalm 100:1-2; Nehemiah 8:10), Apostle Nyamekye stressed the need for officers to continue to build themselves up in the Lord by committing themselves to constant prayer and the study of the Word.

The meeting, which was hosted by the Area Head, Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah Agyeman, was also used for intercessory prayers for officers, the vision of the church, and the nation.

Also present were Apostle (Lt. Col.) Benjamin Godson Kumi-Woode (Director Religious Affairs, Ghana Armed Forces), Apostle Lawrence Otu Nyarko (Finance and Administration Director of the church), and Prophet Fred Antwi (Baatsona District Minister) and their wives, among others.

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Be Part Of God’s Nation Possessors – Chairman Charges Young Christians

“There is a task to be completed, a nation to be taken for the Lord. We’re forming an army, and we want you to be a part of it,” Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, made this assertion when addressing this year’s PENSA Ghana Conference at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region on Thursday, January 6, 2022.

This year’s event dubbed ‘Holistic Empowerment Conference’ under the theme: “Equipping the church as an army to possess the nations” (Hebrews 13:20-21 & Ephesians 4:11-12; 6:10-11), took place concurrently at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi for the Northern Sector, and Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh, for the Southern Sector, from January 3-6, 2022.

Apostle Nyamekye emphasized the necessity for the youth to be equipped as God’s army so that they might possess the nations, using Luke 24:44-49 and Acts 1:4-8 as scriptural references.

“The Holy Spirit is our only source of strength. There is something about the Holy Spirit’s enduement of power that we don’t completely comprehend,” he said.

He went on to say that even though Jesus Christ walked with His disciples for three and a half years on earth, when Jesus was crucified, the disciples withdrew into hiding.

“It took the baptism of the Holy Spirit before the disciples were able to come out and make effect, thereby turning a whole city upside down,” he added.

Apostle Nyamekye continued: “Nothing will change until we are endowed with divine power. When you receive the Holy Spirit, your tale will be different. It’s not enough to speak in tongues; you need to be completely immersed in the Spirit. You will make impact when you are completely immersed in the Spirit.”

Touching on tongues, which is an early sign of Holy Spirit baptism, Apostle Eric Nyamekye declared that speaking in tongues is an experience that every born-again Christian should have, disclosing that, whenever one speaks in tongues, he or she is edifying him or herself and recharging his or her spiritual batteries. If you don’t, the Holy Spirit becomes redundant and feeble in your life,” he explained.

He exhorted young Christians to desire the baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit in order to have an impact in their life and to change their world.

“Nothing can cause us to transform our world unless we first change ourselves via the power of the Holy Spirit.”

He continued: “This possessing the nations agenda cannot come on unless we are completely changed by the power of the Holy Ghost, then we can change our world.”

He further stated: “Possessing the nations agenda is not for the aged; they can support. Our eyes are upon God and on you [young people]. The youth is the strength of the church, it is also the future of the church, yet it is also the challenge of the church. If it is a challenge, then we need to manage it; if it is the future, then we need to encourage you; and if it is the strength, then we need to use you. That is why you need the Holy Spirit power, because no mind can fathom how much you can do with the Spirit.”

“I pray that the Holy Spirit will affect our looks that even when people see you, they will see Christ in you, just as liquor changes the looks of drunkards,” he concluded.

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Christmas Has Come Under Siege – Apostle Eric Nyamekye Bemoans

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost Worldwide, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has expressed grave concern about the clandestine move by some world leaders and powerful groups to suppress the celebration of Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. 

According to the revered cleric, “Satan is jealous about Christmas, so he is doing everything possible to expunge the name of Christ from Christmas and make it an ordinary holiday.  

“We are in a conflict situation because there are strong forces to cancel Christmas. It was the Europeans who brought Christianity to Africa, but today the same people are scheming to destroy it,” he said. 

He added: “There are certain individuals in the nations if they become president today, they will cancel Christmas the next day. So, as Christians, we need to be serious about the celebration of Christmas.”  

The Chairman, therefore, called on Christians to fully embrace Christmas and celebrate it as such as they gather together and proclaim the love of God to humanity through the offering of His Son Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. 

Apostle Eric Nyamekye said this on Christmas Sunday when addressing members of the church in East Legon District of the Madina Area at the Peniel Assembly Auditorium to climax the 2021 Christmas Convention which was on the theme: “Jesus Christ – The Light of the World” (Isaiah 9:1-7). 

He took time to explain the essence of Christmas and how some powerful anti-Christian groups and individuals are planning to suppress its global significance and commemoration. 

He said that the annual celebration of Christmas brings glory to God, and that there is an inseparable connection between the glory of God and the birth of Christ. He added that the fact that non-Christians observe it brings glory to God and affirms the fact that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and not just a founder of a religion. 

Because of this, he stated, Satan is struggling hard through some global institutions to take God out of the scene and make the period a normal holiday where people will make merry and enjoy themselves without recourse to Christ who is at the centre of the celebration.  

Apostle Nyamekye revealed that in December this year, the European Commission attempted and is still pushing hard to expunge the word “Christmas” and simply keep the period as “holidays” since they think that the word “Christmas” is offensive to non-Christians. This, he said, “is a tactical approach by the enemy to get Christ out of the minds of humanity.” 

Delivering the sermon on the topic, “The Magnificat” (Glory Be To God) based on Luke 1:46-55, 68; 2:29, he said that the Christmas story is the most beautiful and wonderful story ever told. The events heralding His birth – a virgin conceiving, a barren woman (Elizabeth) also conceiving, and angels announcing His birth – are all wonderful stories to be told. 

He said that the story was wrapped up in three prophetic songs of praise sung by three persons. Mary (Jesus’ mother) sang the first song called ‘The Magnificat’ (Magnifies) in Luke 1:46.  

The second prophetic song of praise called ‘The Benedictus’ (Blessed) was sung by Zacharia, father of John the Baptist in Luke 1:68, while Simeon, the old prophet, sang the third song called ‘Nunc Dimittis’ (Now Dismiss) in Luke 2:29 during the naming of Jesus. 

Focusing on ‘The Magnificat,’ Apostle Nyamekye revealed that Mary was chosen by God to bring forth the Messiah because she was a virgin and also feared God.  

He indicated that God’s mercies extend to those who fear Him in every generation. Reading from Psalm 34:11-14, he stated that the fear of God is connected to the obedience of God. 

“The fear of God is also about putting the will of God above ours, despite our feelings and perspectives on a matter,” he said. 

He added: “The acid test for a good Christian is in how much the fellow fears the Lord.” 

Apostle Eric Nyamekye advised believers to fear God and do His bidding to experience the mercies of God for their lives.      

The service was like a homecoming for the Chairman and his wife, Mary who once served as a District Minister for the district after their return from missions in South Africa. The Chairman and his wife received a tumultuous welcome from the members amidst cheers and shouts of praises. On behalf of his family, Apostle Nyamekye thanked them for their support and prayers which have helped him rise to the top. 

Present at the service were Apostle George Kwaku Narh (retired), and the host Minister, Pastor Patrick Kobina Bremansu, and his wife Gifty, among others. 

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Christmas Has Come Under Siege – Apostle Eric Nyamekye Bemoans

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost Worldwide, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has expressed grave concern about the clandestine move by some world leaders and powerful groups to suppress the celebration of Christmas, which marks the birth of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world.

According to the revered cleric, “Satan is jealous about Christmas, so he is doing everything possible to expunge the name of Christ from Christmas and make it an ordinary holiday.

“We are in a conflict situation because there are strong forces to cancel Christmas. It was the Europeans who brought Christianity to Africa, but today the same people are scheming to destroy it,” he said.

He added: “There are certain individuals in the nations if they become president today, they will cancel Christmas the next day. So, as Christians, we need to be serious about the celebration of Christmas.”

The Chairman, therefore, called on Christians to fully embrace Christmas and celebrate it as such as they gather together and proclaim the love of God to humanity through the offering of His Son Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world.

Apostle Eric Nyamekye said this on Christmas Sunday when addressing members of the church in East Legon District of the Madina Area at the Peniel Assembly Auditorium to climax the 2021 Christmas Convention which was on the theme: “Jesus Christ – The Light of the World” (Isaiah 9:1-7).

He took time to explain the essence of Christmas and how some powerful anti-Christian groups and individuals are planning to suppress its global significance and commemoration.

He said that the annual celebration of Christmas brings glory to God, and that there is an inseparable connection between the glory of God and the birth of Christ. He added that the fact that non-Christians observe it brings glory to God and affirms the fact that Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world and not just a founder of a religion.

Because of this, he stated, Satan is struggling hard through some global institutions to take God out of the scene and make the period a normal holiday where people will make merry and enjoy themselves without recourse to Christ who is at the centre of the celebration.

Apostle Nyamekye revealed that in December this year, the European Commission attempted and is still pushing hard to expunge the word “Christmas” and simply keep the period as “holidays” since they think that the word “Christmas” is offensive to non-Christians. This, he said, “is a tactical approach by the enemy to get Christ out of the minds of humanity.”

Delivering the sermon on the topic, “The Magnificat” (Glory Be To God) based on Luke 1:46-55, 68; 2:29, he said that the Christmas story is the most beautiful and wonderful story ever told. The events heralding His birth – a virgin conceiving, a barren woman (Elizabeth) also conceiving, and angels announcing His birth – are all wonderful stories to be told.

He said that the story was wrapped up in three prophetic songs of praise sung by three persons. Mary (Jesus’ mother) sang the first song called ‘The Magnificat’ (Magnifies) in Luke 1:46.

The second prophetic song of praise called ‘The Benedictus’ (Blessed) was sung by Zacharia, father of John the Baptist in Luke 1:68, while Simeon, the old prophet, sang the third song called ‘Nunc Dimittis’ (Now Dismiss) in Luke 2:29 during the naming of Jesus.

Focusing on ‘The Magnificat,’ Apostle Nyamekye revealed that Mary was chosen by God to bring forth the Messiah because she was a virgin and also feared God.

He indicated that God’s mercies extend to those who fear Him in every generation. Reading from Psalm 34:11-14, he stated that the fear of God is connected to the obedience of God.

“The fear of God is also about putting the will of God above ours, despite our feelings and perspectives on a matter,” he said.

He added: “The acid test for a good Christian is in how much the fellow fears the Lord.”

Apostle Eric Nyamekye advised believers to fear God and do His bidding to experience the mercies of God for their lives.     

The service was like a homecoming for the Chairman and his wife, Mary who once served as a District Minister for the district after their return from missions in South Africa. The Chairman and his wife received a tumultuous welcome from the members amidst cheers and shouts of praises. On behalf of his family, Apostle Nyamekye thanked them for their support and prayers which have helped him rise to the top.

Present at the service were Apostle George Kwaku Narh (retired), and the host Minister, Pastor Patrick Kobina Bremansu, and his wife Gifty, among others.

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Christmas Not Just A Holiday” – Chairman Delivers Christmas & New Year Message

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has stressed that Christmas is not for recreational purposes, but a season for Christians to remember the foundation of the faith, retell the redemption story, and renew their commitment to Jesus Christ, who is the saviour of the world.

In a Church circular issued last Friday, the Chairman observed that although Christmas is celebrated globally and for centuries, the religious festivity has always come under attack with some people questioning its relevance to Christianity.

According to him, some people hate Christmas because of its Christian basis; others hate it because they feel obligated to celebrate it, while others resent the thought that Jesus is the Son of God. 

He further noted that some Christians dislike church conventions and meetings organised in the Christmas season because they “disrupt” their holiday plans. Whilst others point out that Jesus was probably not born in December and that there is no biblical suggestion about the celebration of His birth.

“But brothers and sisters in the Lord, are we better off to ignore Christmas? Does the actual date of Jesus’ birth determine one way or the other whether His birth is honoured?” he quizzed.

Apostle Nyamekye explained that Christmas is not really for individual families but the Church; the family of God. It is, therefore, proper that the “family of God” meets in this season to celebrate the birth of Christ together; telling of His goodness and proclaiming Him to the world, he added.

He further stated: “It does not matter if those who do not know our God do not serve and celebrate Him, but we, the people of God, will celebrate Him now and forever. For we know how much He is worth to us.” 

The Chairman advised Christians and Church members, in particular, to use the season to celebrate Jesus Christ and to share the amazing story of His birth to the world.

In wishing Church members a glorious New Year in advance, Apostle Nyamekye advised them not to allow the setbacks they faced in the year to weigh them down; instead, they should take advantage of the lessons learned and use them as springboards into the future.

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ, a true and most wonderful story ever told.  It all began on the day that God came in the flesh, the day the son of God was born by a virgin named Mary. The excitement and the wonder that greeted His conception, birth and dedication is incomparable.

A multitude of the heavenly host appeared, praising God. His birth drew both Jews and Gentiles together. The shepherds who were Jews and Magi from the east – Gentiles came to pay homage to Him. An old woman, Elizabeth, who was said to be barren, conceived because of His coming. A baby in the womb leapt for joy and was filled by the Holy Spirit at the sound of Mary’s voice. Zechariah describes His birth as God’s visitation on earth. Simeon’s departure to glory was deferred till he saw Him born. Simeon described Him as the Lord’s salvation which God had prepared in the presence of all the peoples. This is truly the most wonderful story ever told. 

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God Rewards Faithfulness – Apostle Eric Nyamekye

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has urged Christians, particularly Church leaders, to serve the Lord diligently in order to obtain divine blessings.

Admitting to the challenges that come with Christian service, the Chairman encouraged church leaders to remain resolute in faith and serve the Lord with gladness, stressing, “God is a rewarder, but He does not just reward anyone; He rewards faithfulness!”

Apostle Nyamekye said this on December 8, 2021, during a meeting with ministers and officers of the La Area at Dr. Thomas Wyatt Temple as part of his working tour of the Greater-Accra region.

He noted with scriptural references to Hebrews 11: 6; Hebrews 13:7 and Job 5:8, that officers are great pillars of the Church, who assist full-time ministers in the day-to-day administration of the Church at the local level. The good news, he indicated, is that the officers offer their services to the Church at no cost. 

“The Church of Pentecost may not be capable of paying all of you for your tireless efforts, but the God, who called you and whom you serve, will reward you accordingly,” he said.

The Chairman assured them that anyone who walks closely with God and serves Him diligently would never be disappointed because God rewards those who are faithful.

He, however, observed that often people situate God’s blessing to the amount of money one has or the luxuries they can afford. But this is not always so because God’s blessings are far more worth than what money could buy, he explained.

He stated: “The blessing of God is more than just having money; it may come in different forms. The favour of God, for instance, opens many doors and grants us access to divine health, peace of mind, and other essential things that money cannot buy. Sometimes, the Lord rewards our service to Him by granting our children wisdom and a good retentive memory to enable them excel in their academics and attain educational heights that we can only dream of.”

He, therefore, advised the officers to take a cue from their forebears who served the Lord wholeheartedly and received divine blessings that transcended generations.

The Chairman said that every role one plays in the Church is significant and must not be overlooked since they all contribute to the growth of the Church. He also advised the officers not to seek “financial incentives” from the Church but look on to God to reward them for their good works.

Apostle Nyamekye also read Ezra 8:23-34 to charge the officers to be faithful to their call and strive to give a good account of the “sacred” human and material resources entrusted to their care.

The Chairman further called on the ministers to bridge the gap between them and their officers by genuinely seeking their welfare.

He also advised the ministers to take particular interest in the Children’s Ministry, saying: “You have not been made a pastor or leader over the adults alone, but over the children as well.”

Apostle Nyamekye said that since children and the youth are the Church’s largest constituents, church leaders should endeavour to give them more opportunities for service in the Church. 

Report by Gina Akua Padi

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Chairman Interacts With Officers In Kploukanme, Zogbo Regions

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, as part of his working visit to the church in Benin, has met with officers of the church in the Kploukanme and Zogbo Areas in Benin. The meeting was also attended by ministers and their wives in the two regions.

Addressing them, Apostle Nyamekye quoted from 1 Samuel 12:8 and explained that God always listens to the cry of His people when they ask for a leader. He, however, said that it is difficult to determine God’s criteria in selecting a leader since He chooses anyone He wills.

“God puts His best gifts in the church, and we are the church of God. Therefore, no one is useless in the house of God,” he said.

He added: “God selects a leader who has a particular gift He needs at a point in time.”

He mentioned that the main purpose of his visit was to share the church’s vision with them because as officers, they are one of the main pillars of the church.

He stressed that The Church of Pentecost would not have reached almost every corner of Benin and other nations, numbering over 109 without the hard work of unpaid leaders of the church.

The Chairman then took the officers through the highlights of the five-year strategic vision of the church, dubbed ‘Vision 2023’ with the overarching theme, “Possessing the Nations.”

“To fulfill this vision, the Church’s leadership must embrace the process of bringing righteousness and light to the world’s systems (i.e. the family, government and politics, chieftaincy and culture, business and economy, education and science, sports, media and the world of entertainment) by equipping the church with kingdom values and principles,” he stated.

Reading Deuteronomy 7:1-2; 8:1; 4:5-7; Ephesians 3:10, Apostle Nyamekye brought to light that Israel was strategically and purposefully chosen by God to reveal His manifold wisdom and character to the world, thereby causing the other nations to return to God. In a similar context, he said, the Church, which is the spiritual Israel, has been given the mandate of fulfilling the intent of God in these times.

“Everywhere you are, you must be the hope of glory,” he stressed.

He explained that the overall goal of Vision 2023 is to raise a church where members go to possess nations by transforming every worldview, thought, and behaviour with values, principles, and lifestyles of the kingdom of God, thereby turning many to Christ.

The Chairman further explained that the nature of the Vision requires three strategic approaches to its efficient exhaustion. For each strategic approach, key areas of development are being addressed: Equipping members with the required resources. This approach seeks to empower and build up the local church through intentional discipleship.

The second approach is strengthening and realigning existing structures in the church to propel the transformation agenda. The key areas considered in this approach are the re-organization of the ministries, the introduction of Gospel Sunday, and effective Bible Study sessions in services. He said that the Home and Urban Missions (HUM) and the Ministry to Persons with Disabilities (MPWDs) have helped establish a lot of local assemblies in seemingly ‘forbidden’ places, saying, “If we can’t tell them to rise up and walk, we can lead them to Jesus and when they see Him, they will be like Him.”

He added: “The Schools Outreach Ministry is to basic schools, the Chieftaincy Ministry and Chaplaincy, among many others, are in full force and changing lives in the church in Ghana and must be implemented here too.”

The third approach, he mentioned, is transforming society. The key areas addressed in this approach include the deployment of members as agents of transformation and community transformation.

According to the Chairman, as part of the projects being undertaken under the third approach, the Church has purposed to build standard prisons, of which one has been commissioned at Ejura in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. It will also embark on the Environmental Care Campaign, construct CHPs compounds, which have been adopted by the Government of Ghana as full-fledged clinics, tree-planting exercises and many more.

Concluding his message, Apostle Eric Nyamekye stated: “We are not to be only hearers of the good news but we must also join in possessing the nations for Christ. We must ask God to show us our part in this vision so that we can contribute our quota and become relevant in this generation.”

After Chairman’s presentation, the National Coordinator for the Home and Urban Missions (HUM), Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo, addressed the gathering on the progress being made on the field.

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Your Character Defines Your Ministry – Chairman Tells Clergy

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has advised Christian clerics to portray good character in order to have a positive impact on their ministry.

Apostle Nyamekye said this on Thursday when he met with ministers and wives of The Church of Pentecost in the Cotonou Region at the Zogbo auditorium as part of his working visit to Benin.

Speaking on the topic: “The Minister and his Ministry,” the Chairman said that God has entrusted His mysteries (His flock and sacred resources) to the clergy, adding that, they must faithfully guard them through prayer and fasting and ensure that they serve His intended purpose on earth.

Quoting 1 Corinthians 3:7, Apostle Nyamekye explained that the character of a minister is very critical in their ability to discharge their God-given mandate effectively.

He said that ministry is a ‘life-giving vocation’ because it is essentially about the outflow of divine life through mortal vessels. The effect of the flow of divine life, he said, is what causes a revival in the Church and the nations. 

He, therefore, noted that for revival to take place, God requires a special kind of people, particularly ministers, to avail themselves as vessels through whom the life of God would flow into the Church and the nations.

“Christ is looking for men who understand their calling and are willing to go all out and affect (impact) the nations,” he said.

Apostle Nyamekye also stated that ministers must lead godly lifestyles so that their followers (God’s children) could feed off them, stressing that, “the character of the minister should be able to influence a generation to focus on God.” 

He, therefore, urged ministers to regard church members as ‘special people’ bought with the precious blood of Jesus Christ and called to a life of righteousness and holiness.

The Chairman said that due to the mandate the Lord has given to ministers, He is always ready to pour out His Spirit on them, pointing out that, it is incumbent on the ministers to make themselves available and always position themselves to receive from God to cause the desired effect in the nations.

He further advised ministers to be faithful and eschew dishonest gains, work on their hearts and selflessly serve the members as God expects. He also advised them to avoid selfish ambitions and not to lord over the members.

He charged the ministers to develop godly virtues and traits such as humility, gentleness, kindness, among others so that they would serve as worthy examples for others.

Apostle Nyamekye encouraged the ministers to be humble and live in harmony with one another.

“When you pursue these acts of humility in your administration, the Lord will lift you, and it would shield you from evil,” he said.

The Chairman was accompanied by his wife, Mrs. Mary Nyamekye, as well as Apostle Peter Dzemekey (Aflao Area Head), Apostle Gabriel Kpokame (Guinea Conakry National Head), and Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo (Home & Urban Missions Coordinator).

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Israeli Embassy Partners The Church Of Pentecost To Transform Irrigation Farming In Ghana

The Israeli Embassy in Ghana, in collaboration with The Church of Pentecost, is poised to change the face of irrigation farming in Ghana with the introduction of a new technology called N-Drip.

The ground-breaking gravity micro-irrigation system was developed by Professor Uri Shani, Israel’s former Water Commissioner and one of the world’s top water experts in water and irrigation.

A team of officials from the Israeli Embassy in Ghana was at the Headquarters of The Church of Pentecost on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, to interact with the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, as part of plans to introduce the technology to the church and begin a pilot project in Ghana since the church has already commenced a 10-acre solar-powered irrigation farm project at Ankpaliga, near Bawku in the Upper East Region.  

The team from the Israeli Embassy include Ayelet Levin Karp (Head of Trade and Economic Mission at the Israeli Embassy in Ghana), Kirk Amoah (Business Development Manager: Agriculture, WaterTech and Infrastructure of Israeli Embassy in Ghana), Jacques Blinbaum (CEO of ViPit Africa Ltd), Richard Nunekpeku (Managing, Sustineri Attorneys) and Elder Emmanuel Nyarko-Tetteh of UNICEF.

The church was represented by the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye; Director of Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM), Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh, his deputy Elder Dr. Ebenezer Asamoah Nyarkoh; National Secretary, Elder Stephen Djaba, and Pastor Clement Achim Gyimah, National Executive Committee Member of PEMEM.

Others were Pastor Prof. William Otoo Ellis (Children’s Director), and Elder Richard Amaning (Director of Pentecost Social Services  (PENTSOS).  

Introducing the N-Drip system to the church, Jacques Blinbaum, the lead proponent of the technology, said the new technology is the most efficient alternative to flood irrigation that will vastly influence farming globally.

He indicated that N-Drip uses existing infrastructure and gravitational force for energy, making irrigation efficient at no additional cost, saying, “this technology is the breakthrough that can significantly change the global water shortage.”

According to him, the system provides an easy-to-install economic solution that uses the field’s existing infrastructure and is powered by gravity. As a result, he said, water flows efficiently using sustainable energy while lowering labour costs and money spent on fertilizers.

Expressing his delight about the visit, Apostle Eric Nyamekye thanked God for bringing the team and the technology to Ghana and Africa in general. According to him, the Church started a discussion with the former Israeli Ambassador to Ghana, H. E. Shani Cooper, to tap from the Israeli expertise in irrigation and agriculture to support the church’s irrigation projects.

“We are a church with over three million people in Ghana, majority of whom are rural dwellers, poor and farmers. We are looking at how we can improve their livelihoods so that they don’t rush to the urban centres in search of jobs which are not available,” he stated.

He continued: “As a church, we are determined to do what we can to help these people and even for the development of the whole nation. So, we have gone out of our way to building prisons for the Ghana Prisons Service to address the deplorable conditions of our prisons and provide other social interventions. Our concentration now is on agriculture,” he stated.

Apostle Nyamekye said that besides the various social interventions the church has provided, it wants to educate its members in the agriculture sector to adopt modern farming practices to increase their yields since most of them depend on rainfed agriculture.

He said that the church, through its social services wing, Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS), is leading an irrigation project in Afram Plains and Bawku Areas, where it has acquired large tracks of land and built irrigation facilities to help members engage in all-year-round farming. He was of the view that, N-Drip will help accelerate the church’s agriculture agenda by way of enhancing the outputs of farmers.

“We want to partner with you [Israeli Embassy] to help the poor in the country. We cannot always tell the poor about heaven; we have to be concerned about their well-being as well,” he said.

The Head of Trade and Economic Mission at the Israeli Embassy, Ayelet Levin Karp, said the meeting formed part of the continuous relationship that the Embassy has established with The Church of Pentecost. She noted that the technology could be a game-changer for small-holder farmers in Ghana.

Richard Nunekpeku, a member of the team, said over the years, farmers have to invest not only in irrigation technology but also in other sources of energy to be able to power the technology to irrigate their farms.

But with N-Drip, he said, “you do not have to invest into any other energy source, adding that, “all you need to do is to ensure that water gets to your tank and flows through the tubes by gravity.”

“It saves the farmer cost of pumping water and irrigating the farm. It also ensures efficient use of water and increases the yield farmers get on their farms,” he disclosed.

He added: “The beautiful thing about this technology is that it has been customized to one-acre size self-help installation. So, the ideal farmer in mind is the small-holder farmer in the village.”

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The Church Of Pentecost Unveils 2022 Theme

The Church of Pentecost, a leading global Pentecostal church, present in over 109 nations, has revealed its worldwide theme for the year 2022 in line with its overarching theme of ‘Possessing the Nations.’

The 2022 theme as unveiled by the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, during the official opening of the November Heads Meetings, is “Equipping The Church As An Army To Possess The Nations” (Hebrews 13:20-21 & Ephesians 4:11-2; 6:10-11.

According to the Chairman, “Possessing or taking nations” is an ancient military phrase, which means replacing the rule or reign of a nation with that of another through conquest.

Relating this term to the Great Commission, he said, “inspires the church to raise an army of Christians who, being filled with the Holy Spirit and fully equipped with the knowledge of God’s word, will engage and transform their societies with godly values and principles, wherever they are and in whatever they do, in order to win many for Christ and transform them into salt and light of the world.”

Apostle Eric Nyamekye indicated that the 2022 theme calls for a vigorous and intentional equipping of the church to get every single member to assume the posture of an army of the Lord to take the nations.

In doing this, he stated, “We intend to use the metaphor of the armour of God to get our members to understand from the lenses  of scripture, the social, political and spiritual forces at work in the various spheres of society and to build their defences against their onslaught.”

He added: “As an army, Christians need to be equipped with the full armour of God so that they can withstand the tricks and schemes of the enemy. Wobbly Christians who have no firm foothold in Christ are easy prey for Satan. This armour is forged and furnished by God Himself, and He invites us to put them on. It must be worn night and day; we must walk, work and sleep in them.”

He asserted that an army of God must never relax their vigilance or else they are not true soldiers of Christ, saying, “They must fight till the kingdoms of the world become the Kingdom of our God.”

The Chairman called for a generational awareness of the power of God in correcting the wrongs of society, stressing that, every generation of Christians should be concerned with what values and standards are going to rule their world or determine their culture.

“And our generation should not disappoint God,” he pointed out. 

To help delve into the theme well, the following topics have been selected to guide the teachings and activities of the church in the year 2022:  “The Church as the equipping centre in carrying out the Great Commission; the possessing the nations agenda, Equipping the church with the Word of God, Mobilising the squads (the army) for effective impact in the world and Equipping the church to put on the belt of truth.”

Other thematic topics are: “The new creation and the possessing the nations agenda, Righteousness; the authority of the Kingdom, The power of Faith in Possessing the nations, The Power of the Gospel of salvation and The ministry of intercessory prayer.”

The overarching theme for the Vision 2023 agenda of the church which was launched in 2018 has been, “Possessing the Nations: Equipping the Church to Transform every Sphere of Society with the values and principles of the Kingdom of God.”

Each year, the leadership of the church sets goals to guide the church towards the results it intends to achieve. These anticipated results or goals are in turn translated into annual themes. The purpose of these annual themes is to provide a sense of direction to the church towards the realisation of the overall goal of the Vision 2023 agenda.

So far, three of such annual themes namely, “I Will Build my Church, A Glorious Church to Possess the Nations and A Glorious Church Revived to Possess the Nations,” have been dealt with.

From these themes, the church has been made to appreciate her dual responsibility and the call to build a glorious church; a church which is radiant and without stain or wrinkle; a church which is revived, holy and blameless; a church whose testimony will be credible before the watching world.

“These themes without doubt have drawn us many steps forward towards our overall goal,” said the Chairman.

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