The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has donated 30 thermometer guns to three bodies at the Head Office of the church to help them observe the COVID-19 protocols in their operations.
The beneficiary institutions are Media Ministry which had five, Pent TV which received 20, and PENSA International which also had five.
Presenting the items, Apostle Agyemang Bekoe noted that the package was just the beginning of more good things to come since the Missions Office considers the beneficiary institutions as strategic partners in the missions’ drive of the church.
“As part of Vision 2023, the Youth Ministry and for that matter, PENSA International has become a strategic partner to Missions, not only them but Pent TV and the Media Ministry. So, we decided to give them these items so that they can observe the covid protocols in line of duty,” he said.
In response, the Youth Director, Pastor Ebenezer Hagan, on behalf of the beneficiaries, thanked the IMD for the kind gesture, saying, “We really cherish the gesture, and we are going to equip ourselves with it as we move out to possess the nations.”
Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, an analytical chemist trained at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has been inducted into office as the new International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost yesterday.
His induction service which took place at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Atomic in Accra, coincided with the farewell of his predecessor, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, who successfully handled the office for ten good years, the inauguration of the reconstituted Missions Board to oversee the missions’ enterprise of the church, as well as the induction of Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh (Executive Council Member) and Elder Evans Ayim (Deputy Evangelism Ministry Director).
The service was officiated by the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, assisted by the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, and other members of the Executive Council.
The event was attended by some Area/National Heads of the church across the globe, traditional leaders, representatives of para-church organisations, and members of the church from far and near.
The Chairman administered the induction charge to the new IMD after which he was prayed for to formally assume office.
In his acceptance speech, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe thanked God for His grace upon his life and family. He also thanked the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost and the Executive Council for the confidence reposed in him to serve the Kingdom of God and the church.
He craved the indulgence of all and sundry to pray for him and his family to fulfill the task given to them and never to disappoint God and the church.
The new IMD paid a glowing tribute to his predecessor, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, for the sterling performance exhibited during the 10-year tenure as the International Missions Director.
He re-echoed the church’s missions’ enterprise as enshrined in the 5-year strategic vision dubbed Vision 2023 of the church. It states: “We shall be committed to restrengthen our missions’ front and exploring other strategies to enable us increase our presence in the nations. Our target is not just to be present in a nation, but that our presence will be felt as we impact the land with values and principles of the Kingdom of God.”
This, he said, will be his focus, adding that, “we know that the God of our fathers, who is also our God today, shall enable us to expand the frontiers of the missions enterprise while consolidating the gains made so far.”
Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe was called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 2006 and stationed at Breman Brakwa from 2007 to 2010 and later in Winneba from 2010 to 2012 as district overseer and pastor respectively. He was called into missions and headed the church in Uganda from 2012 to 2019. While in Uganda, he served as the Co-ordinator of the East African bloc Regional Co-ordinating Committee. He was recalled to Ghana in 2019 and headed the Haatso Area of the church in the Greater Accra Region, a position he held till his current appointment.
He holds an Msc. (Analytical Chemistry) and Bsc. (Chemistry) degrees from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. He also holds an MA (Theology) degree from the Akrofi-Christaller Institute, a certificate in Theology from the Pentecost University, and a certificate in Basics in Biblical Greek from Zondervan.
Prior to his calling into the full-time ministry, he taught Chemistry at Kumasi Academy and also used to be an Assistant Examiner in Chemistry for the West African Examinations Council (WAEC).
Apostle Agyemang Bekoe is married to Deborah, and they are blessed with four children.
The 2021 orientation course for newly-called missionaries and ministers transferred to external and internal missions came to a successful end on Friday, July 23, 2021, with a call on ministers to emulate the example of Jesus Christ and Abraham in their mission work.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, stated that Jesus Christ, our perfect example left His Father’s throne and glory, came to earth to die for the sins of mankind so that all men might have salvation.
Quoting from Philippians 2:5-8, the Chairman advised the ministers and their wives to quickly adapt to their new surroundings and get closer to the indigenes so as to minister to them. This, according to him, is the only way they would make a great impact in the mission field.
He encouraged them to avoid the pressure to impress but to do their possible best to “walk in the pages of scripture so that the scriptures come alive in their respective stations.”
Referencing Genesis 12:1-4, Apostle Nyamekye indicated that Abraham was obedient to the call of God to leave his home, although he did not know the exact place he was to go, and the entire world has been saved through that single act of obedience and trust in God.
He also entreated missionaries to place value on all persons since everyone they meet is a potential sheep in need of a shepherd.
The 2021 Missions Orientation, which started on Monday, July 19, was held at the Pentecost Convention Centre, Gomoa Fetteh was the last being held under the auspices of the outgoing International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo. The Chairman commended the IMD for the great work he had done throughout his tenure.
Participants of the five-day course were taken through topics such as “Ethnographic research, the biblical perspective of missions,” “The Missionary and his Health,” “The Missionary as an agent of transformation,” “Youth Ministry Work,” “Ministry to Persons with Disabilities,” “Home and Urban Missions,” and “Cross-Cultural Church Planting.” Others were “Accountability and Reporting,” “Interpersonal Relationships,” “Conflict Resolution,” “Understanding People Groups of the North,” and the “Personal Spiritual Growth of the Missionary.”
Apostle Daniel and Mrs Dora Owusu Akyaw as well as Apostle Kojo Sey, who were former missionaries, also shared their rich experiences in missions with participants.
The resource persons for this year’s orientation programme included the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi Addo, Apostles Joseph Assabil, Patrick Aseyoro, Dr Emmanuel Anim, Martin Seth Appiah, David Nyansah Hayfron, Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo, Pastors Ebenezer Hagan, John Prah Amonoo, and Overseers Dr Perez Sepenu and Alexander Nyame.
The rest were Elder Dr Chris Ampadu, Mrs Victoria Kumi-Woode, and Mrs Ruth Adjabeng Keelson.
In a closing remark, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo commended the past and present staff of the International Missions Directorate at the church’s Headquarters, led by his Personal Assistant (PA), Pastor Gideon Boadu-Yirenkyi, for their support during his decade-long service as IMD.
Pastor Joshua Baffoe Ennin, 36-year-old young, vibrant, and enterprising minister of The Church of Pentecost who lost his life a few weeks ago was laid to rest last Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Obuasi in the Ashanti Region.
The late pastor until his untimely death which occurred on February 27, 2021, after a short illness, was the resident minister of the Obuasi branch of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC, Obuasi). He left behind a wife, Mrs. Sarah Ennin, and three young adoring daughters.
At the burial and memorial service held at the Anglogold Ashanti School Park at Obuasi, mourners, mostly ministers and members of the church, friends and loved ones, and family members could not hold back their tears as they wept in bidding him farewell.
The solemn service was officiated by the International Missions Director (IMD) of the church, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, aptly assisted by Prophet James Osei Amaniampong (Chairman of the Ashanti Regional Coordinating Committee & Asokwa Area Head), Apostle William Boakye Agyarko (Obuasi Area Head) as well as other Area Heads in the region and from other parts of the country.
The IMD on behalf of the Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, and the Executive Council, expressed his condolences to the bereaved family for their painful loss, which, he said, has created a vacuum in the family that would be difficult to fill.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo, however, thanked God for giving Pastor Joshua Ennin as a gift to the family using him to do great work in the church within the relatively short period that he spent on earth.
According to him, it is not the number of years that one spends on earth that matters, but the impact that they make in the lives of others.
In a sermon, the Madina Area Head of the church, Apostle Martin Seth Appiah, spoke on the topic: “When the flesh appears, the voice must disappear” – Matthew 3:1-3; 11:10.
He explained that God has placed something special in the hands of every born-again believer and He expects them to work with it. He mentioned that God has also marked a specific time for every believer within which they are supposed to work and end their earthly assignment. As soon as they finish their work, he said, God whisks them away. “The death of such vibrant believers becomes very difficult for humans to understand it,” he indicated.
Apostle Appiah disclosed that Prophet Isaiah who prophesied about the birth of Christ in Isaiah 9:6 also prophesied about John the Baptist, who was also called a “Voice” in Isaiah 40:3.
“Comparing Isaiah 40:3, Matthew 3:3; 11:10 and other scriptures, the common name used to refer to John was the ‘Voice.’ The main task for the ‘Voice’ was to be a forerunner of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.
According to Apostle Appiah, when John was born and attained age 30, he began his work by telling the people of Israel about the coming Messiah. So John by destiny and in God’s plan was to give way when the Word becomes ‘Flesh’ as in John 1:1, he revealed.
“Like John the Baptist, Pastor Joshua Baffoe Ennin knew that he was to end his ministry here at Obuasi after three years just as he told his wife. His zeal for God was like John the Baptist, because he would call spade a spade, white, white and black, black. He never joked with the word of God and he preached it with all his strength at all times.
“Those who have a shorter time on earth execute their task in haste because there is a greater prize waiting for them in heaven.
“There is a mystery behind the death of Pastor Joshua Ennin. No devil or witchcraft can kill us. His work on earth has just come to an end and he must go quickly. There is another church in heaven (the triumphant church) and Joshua is needed there.
“Joshua came as a voice. The flesh has come and the voice must go and that is why he is no more,” he disclosed.
Profile of Pastor Joshua Ennin
Pastor Joshua Kofi Baffoe Ennin was born on May 11, 1984, in Accra to Mr. Peter Kofi Ennin and Millicent Sey, both of blessed memory. He completed basic school in the year 2000 at Christ Mission School, Kwashieman. He then proceeded to Swedru Senior High School and studied Business and successfully completed in 2003. He became the Student Representative Council (SRC) President in his final year. He had a diploma in Special Education from the University of Education, Winneba, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (Human Resource Option) from the University of Ghana, Legon.
He had his National Service at The Church of Pentecost Headquarters and served at the office of the then Chairman, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, where he worked till his call into the full-time ministry in 2012. He started his ministerial service at Nsawora District in the Sefwi Wiawso Area, serving four years and later at PIWC-Obuasi, where he passed away after serving for four years.
Various tributes read in his honour eulogized him for being a minister, husband, father, and Christian with a difference – a man whose zeal and passion for the work of God was unparalleled.
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has expressed grave concern that some preachers of the gospel are shifting their attention from preaching about salvation of Christ to acquiring worldly things.
According to him, instead of them to propagate the gospel of salvation and embark on evangelistic drive, many of them were unduly concerned with wealth acquisition and motivational messages at the expense of the unadulterated word of God. He wondered why some preachers have sought to replace evangelistic songs like ‘Rescue the perishing, care for the dying,’ ‘Hark the Voice of Jesus calling,’ among others with “Tomorrow by this time God will make a way” when they mount the pulpit to preach.
The IMD was of the view that the message of the gospel preacher should centre on eternal life for all who come to Jesus Christ and the wrath of God awaiting those who do not believe in Christ. “Pentecostals and evangelicals believe in the death of Christ that has atoned for the sins of mankind and so there is life after death; heaven and hell is real and this should be our message,” he said, adding that “we need to focus on reaching out to the ends of the world as missionaries of Christ.”
Speaking at the Adenta Estate Worship Centre (AEWC) in the Madina Area on Sunday March 14, 2021, to climax the 2021 McKeown Missions Week celebration, Apostle Gyesi-Addo intimated that to be sent as a messenger of God is to preach and proclaim Christ unto salvation and that is the mandate and responsibility of all believers (John 3:36; Luke 16:8, and Romans 10:13-17). He cited the story of Pastor James and Mrs. Sophia McKeown to drum home his point, stressing that they responded to the call to leave Europe for the Gold Coast, present day Ghana, in 1937 despite the challenges and frustrations for the sake of the gospel.
The IMD advised Christians to avoid undue rationalisation when it comes to giving to support the work of missions. “The gospel must be preached with its attendant social services. We need money to send missionaries, provide potable drinking water, build chapels, health centres among other interventions, and so your financial support is needed,” he emphasised.
Reading from Luke 16:8, Apostle Gyesi-Addo posited that unbelievers are able to sponsor all kinds of agenda without any reservation, yet Christians would always want to be shrewd by rationalising how much they are parting with for the sake of the gospel.
On behalf of the Chairman of the Church and the Missions Board, the IMD commended the AEWC for their immense contributions to the work missions. “Your performance over the years contributed to the calling of the late Elder George Amponsah to serve as a member of the International Missions Board,” he stated.
“Also, while serving as a missionary in Gabon, we consistently received telephone calls from members of this church every year. That was of great encouragement to us, and we believe that other missionaries would attest to this,” he said, adding, “For my last official Missions Week celebration as the IMD, I decided to come and fellowship with you, to commend and express our appreciation for your good works and to further urge you to continue in the good works.”
The Resident Minister, Pastor Eric Asare, on his part, was grateful to the IMD for his visit and encouragement. He said the AEWC was blessed with missions-minded members and so would continue to pray for them and contribute financially to the work of missions.
The AEWC recently received a citation from the Madina Area for emerging as the highest contributor of the McKeown Missions Week for four continuous years, thus from 2016 to 2020.
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo has urged Christians, particularly church leaders, to deem it imperative to revere the Lord at all times as it is a prerequisite for revival.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo said this during the Eastern Regional session of the ongoing Ministers and Wives’ Conference on Tuesday, January 25, 2021, held at the Central Tabernacle, Koforidua. He spoke on the topic: “Revival In An Atmosphere Of Reverence” with references from Leviticus 10:3; 19:30 and James 4:8.
In his exposition, the IMD talked about two key subjects – the Temple (Sanctuary) as a physical structure and the Temple (Sanctuary) as a spiritual structure. The temple or sanctuary, he explained, is a meeting place for the saints (believers).
“God is always present wherever the saints gather. Consequently, wherever the saints gather becomes a holy place,” he said.
Touching on the temple as a spiritual structure, he said that “Christians are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, they must glorify God in their bodies. The presence of God is always in the temple whether physical or spiritual, and He must be given/accorded the needed reverence.”
He noted that the temple is the house of God and it symbolises His dwelling. Hence, temples are dedicated and sanctified for His use, adding that “a temple which is left unattended does not glorify God.”
The IMD reiterated that God is the owner of the church and a partaker of all church services, hence He must always be acknowledged in the midst of the saints.
“God must not in any circumstance be provoked during worship by doing things that displease Him,” he cautioned.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo advised church leaders not to look down on anyone in the church and to desist from exchanging pleasantries with others while service is in session. He also urged other church workers, such as instrumentalists, to behave in a disciplined manner during services.
He also urged Christians, particularly church leaders, to be conscious of the presence of God during church services and to offer Him the honour due Him because reverence for God brings great revival. He concluded that when believers serve and worship God well, miracles, signs and wonders become byproducts; they follow automatically.
A 2000-seater National Auditorium of The Church of Pentecost in Uganda has been dedicated to the glory of God. The edifice, which also houses the National Office of the church, was dedicated by the International Missions Director (IMD) of the church, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, on December 13, 2020.
The construction of the edifice began in 2015 during the time of Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang-Bekoe, then National Head, and completed in 2020 under the current National Head, Pastor James Oko-Barnor. It was funded by the General Headquarters of the church in Ghana through the Missions Board.
The dedication ceremony was ably assisted by Pastor James Oko-Barnor (National Head). It attracted many dignitaries such as Apostle Seth Fianko-Larbi (National Head of Kenya, who also doubles as the Chairman of the East African Regional Coordinating Committee), Apostle Simon Mutete Olomayiani (Kenya), Pastor Gabriel Arianda (Kenya), Pastor Moses Onyango (Head Pastor, Rivers of Life Ministries, Kampala), Godfrey Ojok (CEO of Gotino Construction), and Mr. Kawoya Abdul (LC1 of the area).
Also in attendance were representatives from Mbarara and Kampala Areas.
Preaching the sermon, Apostle Gyesi-Addo, who officiated the service, took his scripture reading from Matthew 7:24-27 and spoke about the wise and the foolish builders.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo said that the outward beauty of the building is what is usually seen and appreciated. “What makes the building solid, strong, and able to withstand all the adverse conditions are not seen and that is the foundation,” he stated.
He indicated that the Lord used a house to represent the life of an individual. He brought out the moral lessons that the outward beauty of the Christian is good and can be splendid and be seen by all but that is not the most important thing in the believer. The most important thing in the believer, the IMD stated, is their foundation.
“What is your foundation? Is your foundation sand or solid rock? The sand can be anything in our lives which we have built our faith on but that is not Christ,” he said, adding, “We might be relying on our strength, intellect, skill, money, properties, children, health, etc. If these are our foundations, then there is a lot to be desired. We must note that there are bad days and those bad days will test the strength of our foundations.”
Reading Matthew 7: 25 & 27 “And the rain came down, and the floods came, and the wind blew and beat on that house,” Apostle Gyesi-Addo noted that Jesus used a similar statement of what would happen to both the good building and the bad building.
“The end results of your building is what matters most when those adverse conditions occur,” he stated, stressing that the Christian is not insulated from the harsh conditions of life just as the unbeliever also go through equal harsh conditions of life.
“Christ requires us to allow ourselves to develop traits of His character in us so that we can still stand in the days of adversity.
“Christ stood even unto the cross so that we can receive salvation, mercy, and grace. There may be a heavy rain in your life right now causing floods and perhaps torrential wind or a typhoon but if you trust in God and believe in what He has promised you, then the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against the floods in your life and victory shall be yours.
“The Spirit of the Lord will not eat up the floods, but He will lift you up above the destructive floods against you for you to be above it and not being consumed by it.”
Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo challenged believers to check their foundations properly and ensure that it is solid and strong in Christ because Christ is the only foundation and the roofing of the church.
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, has entreated Christians to consistently yearn for the presence of the Holy Spirit who is the sustainer of the church and the believer.
“If the Spirit gives life, then what is our problem? Let us avail ourselves and yield to the power of the Holy Spirit; let’s give him time and the space to give us life,” he stated.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo was speaking on Day-4 of the 2020 Heads’ Meeting on Thursday, December 3, 2020, on the topic, “The Spirit Gives Life” – John 6:63, to participants across the globe via zoom.
He asserted that if revival is bringing back to life, then there is none better to do that kind of work than the one who gives life – Jesus Christ. He however said that Jesus himself referred to the Holy Spirit as the one who gives life, because the Spirit is his direct representative on the planet earth.
The IMD explained that for Jesus to say that the Holy Spirit gives life means that the Spirit gives animation and vitality to the church. “He is the one who produces and supplies energy to the church,” he pointed out.
He used the story of the creation of man in Genesis 2:7 to explain his point. According to him, the account gives three scenarios – God forming the man from the dust of the ground; God breathing into his nostrils the breath of life (spirit), and the man responding to become a living soul.
According to the IMD, the first scenario depicts the church both at individual and corporate levels without the Spirit, saying, “The church without the Spirit is lifeless, cold, unexciting, lacks spiritual energy like the man formed without the breath of God.”
He added: “The church without the Spirit is like the body without the Spirit of God. But when God breathes into it, it will be revived.
“When Jesus said that, ‘I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail upon it,’ he implied that he will build a kind of church that has life such that the forces of evil shall not be able to stand against it. Jesus was sure of this because he knew that after his departure, the Spirit of God will come and breathe life into the church and will be with them forever. After his resurrection, he appeared to them and breathed upon them.”
Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo took the participants back to the early days of The Church of Pentecost when the church went through serious struggles following the splits and indicated that the fortunes of the church were turned around by the power of the Holy Spirit, which the leadership relied wholly upon. He said that the same God is still at work in the church and the lives of individuals.
To keep a constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 13:14), he called on believers never to neglect the presence of the Spirit. He asked them to continue to enjoy the grace of Jesus Christ and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit.
He also entreated the church to continue to pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit for new converts and noted that every believer must subject him/herself to the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo has asked Missionaries to build on the solid foundation of Christ.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo said this on Friday, June 7, 2019, at the Pentecost Theological Seminary during the Missions Orientation seminar that was organized for newly-called Missionaries of The Church of Pentecost.
Reading from 1 Corinthians 3:11, he explained that the solid foundation is Jesus Christ and that anyone building on it must build according to the pattern that has already been laid.
He observed that in these last days some Ministers of Christ have lost focus due to audiences who have itching ears to specific messages. “In these last days, some preachers are not preaching the core salvation message. Because they want to keep large numbers, they try to satisfy the itching ears of their congregations. But we must not do that,” he said.
The IMD stressed that every Missionary and every Christian must preach the authentic message of Jesus Christ, for if the foundation is destroyed what can the righteous do (Psalm 11:3).
Making a further reference to Isaiah 28:16 and 1 Peter 2:4-6, Apostle Gyesi-Addo explained that a prominent feature of the foundation worthy to be built on is that, it should have been tried and tested. He added that Jesus Christ is the only tried and tested foundation that the Missionary must build upon. Using the analogy of the Samaritan Woman in John 4, he explained that, people rushed to Christ through her testimony, but their spiritual growth was rooted in the latter and not the former.
Delving into biblical exegesis, the IMD explained from 1 Corinthians 3:12-14 that, building on the Solid Foundation with materials such as gold, silver and costly stones show sound doctrine as well as preaching Christ with worthy motive. However, building on the foundation with materials such as wood, hay or straw is the evidence of erroneous doctrine or unworthy motive of preaching Christ where the resultant effect is a church packed with unregenerate members.
Apostle Gyesi-Addo charged Missionaries to ensure that their messages focus on the person of Christ (Isaiah 9:6; Luke 1:30-35), the word of Christ (John 8:58; Matthew 28:18; Luke 10:19) and the works of Christ (Luke 4:18, Matthew 11:4-6). The IMD explained that, sound doctrine is essential in the church for various reasons. Among them are; the Early Church was built on sound doctrine (Hos. 4:6; Acts 15), in this age of relativism, Christians must know what they believe. He added that, sound doctrine helps to test the spirit (1 Thessalonians 5:20; 1 John 4:1) and ensures Discipleship and Christian maturity.
Furthermore, he said sound doctrine in the church is also essential for effective evangelism (1 Corinthians 15:1-4), an authentic source of church practices, providing a good foundation for the exercise of spiritual gifts and making a distinction between Christians and other religions. Again, sound doctrine is essential in the Church to combat false teachings (Titus 1:9-11). It also helps to handle life situations such as bereavement (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).
The IMD intimated that, when sound doctrine is not taught, the effects on the Body of Christ are spiritual illiteracy, spiritual bondage, spiritual ignorance and spiritual perdition.
It was all joy and jubilation when the International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo, joined the Church in Lome to dedicate the Adidogome Central Temple in Lome, Togo on August 24, 2019.
Present to assist the IMD was the outgoing National Head of the Church in Togo, Apostle Ousmane Patinde Zabre and his national leadership as well as the incoming National Head, Apostle Komi Edina Agbavitoh.
The temple which was constructed at the cost of 80million CFA, received funding from the International Missions Office (General Headquarters in Ghana), the National Office in Togo and some individuals.
The church in Adidogome was established on September 22, 1995. The assembly initially had their service at the salon of a sister and later moved to a classroom of a private school. In 1999, it was moved to Agbemadon, where they worshipped in a tent. Having lasted for a year, the assembly relocated to a private school in the year 2000.
In 2002, the leadership of the church bought a piece of land at the cost of 6.9million CFA to construct a permanent church building. The project took off during the time of Apostle Komi Edina Agbavitoh, the then National Head, but the actual construction began in 2012 when Apostle Ousmane Zabre took over as National Head.
Delivering the sermon on the theme, “Being an Agent of Transformation” based on Isaiah 58:12, 1 Peter 2:5, Pastor George Prah Amonoo said God through the Chairman and the Executive Council has given the church a vision, thus Vision 2023 to possess the nations. The vision, he said, seeks to equip the members with godly values to impact the world with Kingdom principles and values.
Explaining the texts, he said in the ancient days’ cities were built with walls for protection. He indicated that cities with fortified walls were secured and had peace. Using the anecdote of the ancient wall, he explained that in the Bible wall symbolises God’s protection and security.
He, however, said broken walls stand for a life that is lived in sin, a life that is in shambles and has no protection of God.
“Today, many walls are broken. The walls of families are broken; the fortified walls of our nations are broken through immoral life, corruption, sin, and alcohol and drug abuse. Corruption is everywhere and the fortified walls of righteousness are broken down.
“Many families are in shambles because the walls are broken. Families are shattered by divorce and many children have become street children,” he bemoaned.
He called on Christians to rise up to restore righteousness and Kingdom values in every place they found themselves in order to rebuild the broken walls of the family, society and the nations.
“Vision 2023 is a call to bring the people back to God. All of us are being called upon to be agents of transformation. We should be repairers of broken walls wherever we are,” he stressed.
In order to be agents of transformation, Pastor George Amonoo entreated Christians to preach the message of transformation (the good news) to people around them, pray to God to open their eyes to see the dying souls around them, and also endeavour to live a transformed life.