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The Church of Pentecost Donates Laptops to University of Ghana

The Church of Pentecost has set the pace by being the first institution to donate 30 pieces of laptops towards the University of Ghana’s ‘One Student, One Laptop Initiative’ at a short ceremony held at the Legon Campus, yesterday.

As part of its strategic vision to achieve world-class status, Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana (UG) is leading the university towards ‘creating a culture that promotes research, teaching and learning, administrative processes and extension activities driven by technology and anchored in humanism’ for the benefit of all stakeholders.

In this regard, various initiatives are underway to enhance stakeholder experience through digitalisation. 

The Vice-Chancellor in relation to this identified the following three-pronged technology-driven initiatives to enhance the experience of students, faculty, and staff:  Classroom Modernisation, One Student One Laptop (1S1L), and Hot-Spot Comfort Zones.

Briefing the church about the project, Professor Gordon Awandare, Chairman of the Implementation Committee, who doubles as the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, UG, indicated that the school seeks strategic partnerships from individuals and corporate bodies.

“We are reaching out to corporate bodies interested in participating in this, for the purpose of advertisement. Companies can adopt a classroom and modernize it,” the Pro VC said.

Professor Amfo lauded the church for the kind gesture and assured that the laptops would be fairly distributed to needy students who merit it.

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, pledged the continuous support of the church towards the project as a move to assist students in their academic laurels.

The Chairman also used the opportunity to congratulate the Vice-Chancellor on her appointment as the 1st Female Vice-Chancellor for the University of Ghana. He further encouraged her to trust in God in the discharge of her duties to achieve greater things in office.

Apostle Nyamekye then introduced the appointed Resident Campus Minister for the university, Pastor Kwadwo and Mrs. Eunice Obeng, to the management and urged the leadership of the university to support his pastoral activities on campus.

With dwindling governmental support due to competing national needs, Management of the University of Ghana seeks the support of benevolent donors from within and outside the University to finance the initiatives.

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The Church of Pentecost-Togo Leadership Visits Chairman

A delegation from The Church of Pentecost in Togo, and its parallel church executives on Tuesday, August 2, 2022, paid a visit to the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye.

Led by the National Head of the Church in Togo, Apostle Lare Banimpo, they were received by the Finance & Administration Director of the Church, Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko, at the Church’s General Headquarters in Ghana.

Among the delegation from Togo were Apostle Adeje K. Antoine (Outgoing President), Apostle Kokou M. Degbo (Out-going Secretary), Apostle Akpagana Cephas (National Executive Member, COP Togo), Pastor Samuel A. Obouribe Lawson (President-elect), Pastor Daniel K. Dogbovi (General Secretary-elect), and Pastor Kossi Bafoudam (National Executive Member, COP Togo).

Delivering the purpose of the visit, Apostle Adeje, the outgoing President of the parallel church said that they came to express their appreciation to the Chairman and the Executive Council of the Church for sending representatives to their Council meetings. 

He also used the opportunity to inform and invite the Chairman to the induction and farewell service for the President-elect and outgoing President of the parallel church slated for August 27, 2022.

In his response, Apostle Nyamekye congratulated Apostle Adeje for ten years of meritorious service to the church. He pointed out that one of the successes of a leader is to hand over to another successor.

The Chairman also lauded the efforts of the immediate-past Chairman of the church, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah (Rtd.), and the former National Head of Togo, Apostle Ousmane Zabre, for ensuring a strong co-existence between the two churches.

“Two is better than one, therefore, instead of considering a merger between the two churches, make the conscious effort to work together to possess Togo for our Lord Jesus,” Apostle Nyamekye admonished.

He further congratulated the President-elect, Pastor Samuel A. Obouribe Lawson, and charged him to stay strong in the Lord to in order to effectively discharge the task given to him.

Also present were Pastor Gideon Kofi Boadu-Yirenkyi, Personal Assistant to the International Missions Director, and Mrs. Abigail Amponsem, French Translator, International Missions Office.

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Be Positive Role Models For Your Children – Chairman Charges Christian Parents

Christian parents have been charged to spare no effort to live exemplary lives in words and in  deeds for their children to emulate.

Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, who gave this charge in a live televised sermon last Sunday on PENT TV, stressed the need for parents to be practitioners of what they say as such will have a positive influence on the lives of their children, saying, “Young people expect their parents to live a life consistent to what they profess.”

Referencing a quote by Albert Schweitzer, a German theologian, who once said: “There are only three ways to teach a child. The first is by example; the second is by example; and the third is by example,” Apostle Nyamekye said that an exemplary lifestyle of parents is one of the best ways to instruct children (1 Peter 5:2-3).

He further noted that a consistent religious pattern of behaviour in the home is a vital key to successful spiritual adjustment. 

“The attitude we portray in the home as parents is a true reflection of our real self,” he said with reference to a quote by D. L. Moody, who once said: “A man ought to live so that everyone knows he is a Christian and most of all, his family ought to know.”

Speaking on the topic: “Relating To Distant Grown-up Children,” as part of his series on ‘Raising Family Altars,’ Apostle Nyamekye stated: “There is the need to underscore at this point that even when children are grown-up and are miles away from home, they need to be discipled.” According to him, discipleship is not limited to only Bible Study, but through prayer as well. 

Reading from 1 Peter 1:1-2; James 1:1-3, and Colossians 1:9-10, the Chairman explained how the early apostles followed up on the distant believers with letters and prayers as a way of encouraging and discipling them. Likewise, he urged parents to get in touch with their children who are far-off home and check on their relationship with Christ. This, he said, could be done virtually.

“The contemporary communication technology has made this much easier; distance should no longer be a barrier to discipling our grown-up children who are miles away from home. We can have virtual meetings with them,” he indicated.

Apostle Nyamekye revealed that young people expect a lot from their parents, which according to him, include understanding, patience, listening ears, sincerity, rebuke, consideration, positive models, correction, guidance, playfulness, attention, success, and wisdom. He, therefore, urged parents to ensure that these expectations are met to encourage the children to voluntarily come and enjoy the fire that has been lit on the family altar.

The Chairman also charged Christian parents to let their marriage and family life portray the beauty of Christ to the world.

“As Christians we should reflect Christ in our marriage and family life. In so doing, we would set a good example for the world to emulate, and that is our target; and to prove that Jesus Christ of Nazareth is the way, the truth and the life,” he concluded.

Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah

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Pastor Aaron Kyei Bows Out After 37 Years In Full-Time Ministry

Tears of joy filled the eyes of Pastor Aaron Yaw Kyei, the Ashaiman Lebanon District Minister of The Church of Pentecost, and his wife, Mrs. Beatrice Kyei, as they bowed out of active service after 37 years of fruitful ministry to the glory of God.

Pastor Aaron and Mrs. Beatrice Kyei, accepted the call into full-time ministry in April 1985, at Tarkwa through the recommendation of Prophet J.K. Ennum, and have served faithfully with the backing of the Holy Spirit.

Together, they served in Sefwi Akontombra, from 1985 to 1990; Tease Kwahu in Afram Plains, from 1990 to 1995; Nungua, from 1995 to 2001; Akim Oda, from 2001 to 2007; Ashanti Bekwai, from 2007 to 2012; Bantama in Kumasi, from 2012 to 2017, and Ashaiman Lebanon, from 2017 to 2022.

A retirement service was held on Sunday, July 31, 2022, at the James McKeown Temple, Ashaiman Estate.

The service was officiated by the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye. He was assisted by Prophet David Kankam Beditor, the Ashaiman Area Head of the church, who doubles as an Executive Council Member and Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Committee Chairman.

In a sermon on the topic, “Discretion Will Protect You,” with 2 Samuel 20:1-22 as a scriptural reference, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, Chairman of the church said that despite the troubles of Israel at that time, Sheba, a troublemaker and rebel, was still careless and produced trouble.

The Chairman, however, noted that a wise woman with wisdom eliminated Sheba, and saved the whole town from death and destruction.

“The way God can deliver you from destruction is for wisdom to dwell in your heart,” he stated, saying, “If wisdom does not dwell in you, you cannot live in fulfilment of your ministry or be a good minister.”

He urged all leaders to exemplify Pastor Kyei who lived and acted with wisdom of discretion throughout his ministry, a rare trait quality he lauded him for having.

Apostle Nyamekye further admonished all and sundry to always be careful of what they had to say (the choice of it and content); where they say it (the setting); how they say it (the packaging); and when they say it (the timing).

The General Council described Pastor Kyei as a person who has a passion for evangelism and soul winning. They further noted that he effortlessly introduced Christ to everyone he came across in fulfillment of the Great Commission.

The Ashaiman Lebanon District Women’s Ministry of the church revealed that Mrs. Beatrice Kyei was affable, easy to approach, humble and a woman with admirably great respect for all and sundry, adding: “she exhibits all characteristics of a virtuous woman as projected in Proverbs 31.”

The Ashaiman Lebanon District further elaborated that the five-year tenure of Pastor Aaron Yaw and Mrs. Beatrice Akua Kyei saw massive growth and development in the church.

In their response, Pastor Aaron and Mrs. Beatrice Kyei thanked the church for its immense support and contributions to them throughout their 37 years of service.

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Raise Godly Children – Apostle Nyamekye Charges Christian Parents

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has charged Christian parents to make a concerted effort to raise their children in a godly manner for God’s service.

Apostle Nyamekye was speaking during the live broadcast of a Special Evening Service on PENT TV on Sunday, July 17, 2022, as part of his series on “Family – An ‘Endangered’ Institution.”

Dilating on the topic: “Raising A Family Altars,” with Samuel as a case study (1 Samuel Chapter 1), the Chairman narrated the circumstances surrounding the birth of Samuel and the effort his mother, Hannah, made to raise him for God’s service in fulfilment of her promise to God.

He explained that though Samuel was sent to Eli, the priest, to be trained, his mother’s effort cannot be overemphasised as she annually visited the boy and presented him a linen ephod on each visit in Shiloh, stressing that, “Samuel was a mother’s effort and a product of a godly woman.”

He opined that any time the mother visited Samuel, she might have told him that: “you are a priest so be like a priest.” This, Chairman said, stuck into the boy’s mind, and he became so desirous to be a priest to the extent that he slept beside the ark and did not allow himself to be influenced by the bad attitudes of Eli’s sons.

Like Hannah, Apostle Nyamekye urged parents to train their children in the way of the Lord to be used by God.

“This should be our pledge as parents to raise children that God gives us and present them back to Him for His service,” he said. According to the Chairman, through Hannah’s effort, Samuel grew to be a priest, judge and prophet for Israel. 

Examining the life of Samuel as a priest, a judge and a prophet, Apostle Nyamekye noted that Samuel was a busy man (1 Samuel 7:15-17; 16:13; 19:18).

The Chairman indicated that Samuel was endeared to the people of Israel because he brought true worship of God and revelation back to Israel in those days when revelations were so rare in Israel. He also restored order and sanctity in Israel, which hitherto was unruly for lack of a king (Judges 21:25), by giving them two great kings, and as a result, the people of Israel mourned him when he died (1 Samuel 25:1).

On the contrary, Apostle Nyamekye said, Samuel, who, being a great man of God and a faithful judge, could not train his children in the way of the Lord as his sons perverted justice by taking bribes after they had been appointed as leaders in Israel when their father, Samuel, had grown old which resulted in the demand of a king by the elders in Israel (1 Samuel 8:1-5). 

Chairman Nyamekye, therefore, underscored the necessity for Christian parents to prioritise raising godly children and making them live as a delight to the Lord.

“What are you leaving for the children?” he quizzed, adding, “It is not about buildings and cars; these are big toys. You need to leave a Christian legacy – something that has life because when you die, your name will live in your children.”

Apostle Nyamekye advised parents against being too busy and urged them to have time for their families as he attributed Samuel’s failure to train his children to his busy schedules, stressing that, “Your home should be the first church. The issue is not about you serving God, but you and your family serving God.”

Concluding his exhortation, Apostle Eric Nyamekye referenced a quote by Frederick Douglass, the founder of A.M.E Zion Church, who once said: “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men,” and encouraged Christian parents to take a keen interest in training their children in the way of the Lord to be responsible adults (Proverbs 22:6).

Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah

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Tell The World About Jesus – Apostle Nyamekye To Missionaries

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has charged ministers of the church missions field to declare to the world that Jesus Christ has atoned for the sins of the world.

Apostle Nyamekye made this charge at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa-Fetteh, during the just-ended orientation for newly-called missionaries of the church.

Addressing the missionaries, the Chairman of the church said that Jesus, who is the atoning sacrifice, did not only come to earth to die for believers, but He died for the sins of the whole world.

“When you reject Him (Jesus), you reject the appeasing sacrifice that saves,” he said, stressing that the sceptre of the authority of the Kingdom of God is Jesus.

According to the Chairman, Jesus is the only one who takes away the wrath of God, saying, “The righteous run to Him always when they are faced with difficulties.”

“When you carry the sceptre, you must be a righteous person. This is the foundation of Christ,” the Chairman stated.

He added: “Fasting and prayers do not activate the name of Jesus; it does not make the name more powerful, but it releases our spirit man and strengthens our faith to be able to act upon this name Jesus.”

The Chairman charged the missionaries not to worry about where they have been sent to since Jesus is the king over all nations.

Establishing the power and authority in the name of Jesus, Apostle Nyamekye iterated that His resurrection from the dead was God’s proof that He is the appointed one, hence the Son of God.

He then charged them to go into the nations and preach the gospel in love since the gospel is the essence of missions.

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2022 Orientation For New Missionaries Ends

The 2022 orientation for newly-called missionaries of The Church of Pentecost has ended at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa-Fetteh, near Kasoa.

The five-day event, organised by the International Missions Office, began on Monday, July 4, and ended on Friday, July 8, 2022.

Closing the event with a sermon on the topic, “The Ministerial Call,” the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, stated that the ministerial calling is a life of pure and holy sacrifice.

“The whole church is called for the whole mission, but this particular calling is a call to sacrifice for the sake of the house of God,” Apostle Nyamekye said.

According to him, the call is a sacrifice for the sake of God and His kingdom. He, therefore, said that the motives of a man when he is being called are always read by God.

He admonished the clergy to be careful of the kind of friends they take in ministry because some have not been called and due to that their ‘gods’ are their bellies.

Apostle Nyamekye further said that ministry is about snatching men from hell and making them ready for heaven, stressing, “We are to seek the lost wherever they are.”

He added: “Anyone fit for heaven is a great asset to the earth. Therefore, once you offer yourself as a sacrifice, you do not determine where you are sacrificed. Hence, when you accept the call, where you are posted is in the hands of God.”

The Chairman urged them to have a better understanding of the ministry so that God will turn things around for them.

Quoting David Livingstone, he emphasized that the ministerial call is a diplomatic call assigned by God to men. He then encouraged wives of missionaries to support their husbands instead of arguing about their roles.

“As a minister of the gospel you are a diplomat, so your spouse’s role is not defined, hence, you are one in ministry,” he emphasised.

Notable among speakers for the orientation were Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe (International Missions Director), Apostle Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng (Bompata Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin (Evangelism Director), Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi (Asamankese Area Head).

Others were Apostle Dr. Dela Quampah (Ho Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Dr. Emmanuel Anim (Acting Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Pentecost University), Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh (Pentecost Men’s Ministry Director and Executive Council Member), Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo (Co-ordinator for Home and Urban Missions), Apostle Lt. Col. Benjamin Kumi-Woode (Chaplain, Ghana Armed Forces), Pastor Alexander Nyame (Co-ordinator, Ministry To Persons With Disabilities), and many more.

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Great Names Are Earned – Apostle Eric Nyamekye

Apostle Eric Nyamekye, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, has urged Christians to lead righteous lives in order to earn a good or great name.

The Chairman said this today when he exhorted participants of the ongoing National Prayer Conference on the topic, “The Authority In The Name of Jesus.”

According to Apostle Nyamekye, the things that are more valuable or desirable than great riches, include good health, wisdom, long life and peace, but the greatest among them is a good or great name.

“When your name is great, it opens doors of opportunities for you. So, a great name is a blessing. It opens doors and purchases for the bearer of the name (and even others associated with them) things that even money cannot buy,” he stated.

Reading from Philippians 2:6-11, Apostle Nyamekye explained that the authority in the name of Jesus was not only conferred on Him, but He earned it through His obedience, humility and death on the cross.

“Therefore, God exalted Jesus to the highest place and gave Him the name above every name. Note that God did not give Jesus money or a crown; He gave Him a great name. This is because a name is not just for identification, rather, all a person is is vested in their name,” he said.

The Chairman further noted that the name of Jesus carries authority and is a strong tower for the righteous because it was conferred on Him by the Supreme Being Himself. He, however, reiterated that Jesus worked to earn the name conferred on Him.

He, therefore, advised Christians, especially church leaders, to conduct themselves well at all times so that their actions do not adversely affect their names and bring the name of the Lord into disrepute.

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Ghana Needs Righteousness: Not Churches, Leaders – Apostle Nyamekye

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has said what the nation needs are not leaders and churches but righteousness exhibited by the citizenry through faith.

He noted that although there were many churches and leaders in the country, righteous living was still an issue.

The Chairman added that the change the country sought for from its leaders could only materialise through righteous living and building a righteous brand

Leadership not showmanship

Apostle Nyamekye was speaking at a thanksgiving service held for the new leadership of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), led by its President, Albert Kwabena Dwumfour, in Accra.

The Apostle said leadership was not about showmanship and accessing power to lord it over subordinates but rather a huge responsibility that hinged on righteousness.

“What we need as a nation are not more leaders and churches. Churches don’t change nations; the only thing that brings change to a nation is righteousness,” he said, and quoted Proverbs 14:34: “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

The service at the Church of Pentecost, Alajo Central Assembly, was attended by some of the elected members of the national executive of the GJA and other personalities.

The GJA President was joined by the General Secretary, Kofi Yeboah; the Treasurer, Audrey Dakalu; the Organiser, Dominic Hlordzi, and the Greater Accra Chairman of the association, Charles Benoni Okine.

The personalities included the Editor, Graphic, Kobby Asmah; the Executive Director of the Economic and Organised Crime Office, Commissioner of Police (COP) Maame Tiwaa Addo-Danquah; the President of the African Chamber of Mines, Kwame Addo Kufuor; the Chief of Alajo, Nii Armah Ajoor II, and the families and friends of the members of the GJA executive.

Exemplary

Apostle Nyamekye admonished all leaders to live exemplary lives that pleased God.

He added that their main focus as leaders should be the ability to solve problems, answer needed questions and meet the needs of their followers.

“There is nothing private about a leader; everything a leader does is in the open and so a leader must strive to live a life that pleases God. A leader solves problems, meets the needs of the people and has the ability to respond to the needs of his people,” he said.

He specifically advised Mr Dwumfour to be truthful and allow God to use him to be the light in journalism and bring about the difference the profession needed.

The Resident Minister of the Burma Camp Worship Centre of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Lt Col Kumi-Woode, also urged the GJA executive to live lives of legacy and carry the presence of God wherever they found themselves.

“Once you identify as a Christian, your mission is to let God reign wherever you are, and if, indeed, journalism is the Fourth Estate of the Realm, may we do good and impactful journalism, so that from that angle we can build a strong nation,” he added.

New media

Mr Dwumfour thanked God and all who supported him and promised a new media and Fourth Estate that was ready to play its role in the affairs of the state.

He pledged to be committed to the cause of the association and use his Christian principles to chart a path for the GJA.

He urged all journalists to come together to perform their gatekeeping role in the country’s democracy.

“We are charting a new path. In the next three months, I will unveil a policy document that will lay stress on the policies I have mentioned earlier, with their timelines. I believe with a united front, we can go places,” he added.

For the third time since his victory speech and inaugural address, Mr Dwumfour called on those with whom he contested the GJA Presidency to come on board for them to work together to build the new media they all anticipated.

Advice

When reached for her thought after the service, COP Addo-Danquah urged journalists to rally behind the new executive to help build the country.

“I urge all journalists to rally behind Mr Dwumfour, put the past behind them because when they move on, the country will move on; when they work well, the country will also work well.

“I urge all journalists to support him to achieve whatever he has set himself to achieve with the position,” she said.

Source: Graphic.com.gh

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Marriage Was Instituted For Humanity – Apostle Nyamekye Declares

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has asserted that marriage was ordained for humanity, and not for Christians alone.

In a live televised sermon on PENT TV during a Special Evening Service on Sunday, June 26, 2022, as part of his series on “Family – An ‘Endangered’ Institution,” Apostle Nyamekye explained that marriage predates Christianity, and that one does not necessarily need to be a Christian in order to have a successful or fulfilling marriage experience. He said that all married couples living by the rules of love and understanding can make their marital union glorious.

“It is an understandable fact that marriage was instituted before the onset of Christianity,” he said, adding, “Marriage is not a Christian ordinance per se; it was ordained for humanity.”

Reading from Genesis 2:21-25, the Chairman indicated that when God created the woman, He directly gave her to Adam as a wife. He mentioned Noah, Moses, Abraham and other biblical personalities who all married before the advent of Christianity to back his message, stressing that “even when two unbelievers marry God is interested in the marriage.”

He further noted that marriage is a covenant, a three-way relationship in which the couple is accountable to God who acts as a principal witness to the covenant. 

Touching on Christian marriage, Apostle Nyamekye stated: “It is no ordinary union.” According to him, Christian marriage is a sign that speaks to the world about the mystical union of Christ and the Church with its foundation upon God Himself (Ephesians 5:23-25).

“Therefore, for the Christian, our marital lives should not only succeed, but must speak of the goodness of God,” he pointed out.

Quoting from Malachi 2:13-16, the noted theologian explained that when two Christians walk to the altar to be joined in matrimony, heaven rejoices because their union is strategic, and God expects from them godliness and godly offspring. 

Chairman Nyamekye mentioned that the relationship between husband and wife is more than a commitment between two persons. This, he said, is because God adds the spiritual dimension to the marital life and transforms the relationship into a powerhouse of strength.

Apostle Eric Nyamekye charged married couples to be faithful to their partners, saying, “Spousal fidelity is inextricably linked to spiritual well-being.” 

He also advised prospective couples against extravagant weddings.

Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah