The external branch of The Church of Pentecost in the United States of America (CoP-USA Inc.) has donated six tricycles to Fulani communities in Ghana through the Home and Urban Missions (HUM).
The donation, worth $5,000, were dedicated and presented on behalf of CoP-USA by the International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, at a brief presentation ceremony at the just-ended International Missions Board meeting.
Explaining the rationale for the donation in an interview with PENTECOST NEWS, the National Head of CoP-USA, Apostle Michael Agyemang-Amoako, said: “When we learnt that the Fulanis converts had lost their jobs due to their decision to surrender their lives to Christ, we were moved to come to their aid and provide them with some form of employment.”
“This, we believe, would also encourage others, who are afraid of facing similar fate, to come to Christ,” he added.
Elder Dr. Ken Aboah, a Trustee of The Church of Pentecost and the Chairman of the Legal Committee of the Missions Board, thanked the CoP-USA for the kind gesture.
He also revealed that the CoP-USA has offered educational scholarships to Fulanis who are interested in pursuing tertiary education.
“This is helping to prevent the Fulani’s from engaging in dubious activities in the communities, while bringing them to the saving knowledge of Christ for maximum impact,” he stated.
The HUM National Coordinator, Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo, received the tricycles for onward distribution to the beneficiaries.
Present at the presentation ceremony were Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman), Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary), Apostle James Sundaram Raj (RCC Co-ordinator Far East and Asia/ Oceania & Executive Council Member), Apostle Ousmane Zabre (RCC Co-ordinator Francophone West Africa & Executive Council Member), Apostle Angelino Binda Jequessene (SADC), Apostle Massaboi Zuwu (Anglophone West Africa), and Apostle Sam Agyemang Tabi (Europe – Acting).
Others were, Apostle Samuel Appiah (Middle East), Apostle Seth Fianko (East Africa), Apostle Komi Tchango (Central Africa), Apostle Lawrence Otu Nyarko (Co-opted Member / FAD), Pastor George Prah Amonoo (Missions Board Member), Elder Professor Stephen Kwankye (Missions Board Member), and Deaconess Mrs. Ruth Keelson (Co-opted Missions Board Member).
A total of 162 persons have been ordained as officers of The Church of Pentecost in the Teshie-Nungua Area of the church.
The ordained officers comprising 57 Elders, 56 Deacons and 49 Deaconesses, were drawn from the various districts in the Area.
The ordination service which was officiated by the International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, assisted by the Area Head, Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman, took place on Friday night [February 10, 2023] during the climax of the Area’s All Officers Apostolisation held at the Fred Stephen Safo Memorial Temple at Nungua-Nshorna, Accra.
Also present to assist the IMD were the Hohoe Area Head, Apostle Moses Ahiakor, a guest speaker at the Apostolisation; Apostle Rigwell Ato Addison (Rtd) – a former General Secretary of the church, and Apostle M. M. Kopah (Rtd).
Apostle Agyeman Bekoe charged the newly called officers to commit themselves to the service of the church to advance the Kingdom business.
At the same event, the Area Head, Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman, presented special awards to individuals and districts in the Area for their evangelistic efforts.
The awardees were Mrs Esther Boateng who won 26 children for Christ and retained them in the church in 2022. She also won nine adult souls.
Others were Elder Isaac Kyeremeh of Community 20 District who won 11 souls, with 10 baptised in water, and Elder Peter Sam of Mannet District. He also won 15 souls with 12 baptised in water.
The Executive Chairman of Jospong Group of Companies, Elder Dr Joseph Siaw Agyepong, and his wife, Mrs Adelaide Cynthia Araba Siaw Agyepong, was also honoured for winning a total of 80 souls for Christ, with over 50 of them baptised in water.
The Teshie District, led by the late Pastor Robert Sowah Nii Anang, received the highest soul-winning district award for winning 422 souls last year, while Graceland Pentecost International Worship Centre, headed by Pastor Felix Okyere Anti, was also awarded for baptising and retaining all 174 souls won in 2022.
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has called on officers of the church (Elders, Deacons and Deaconesses) to be good and loyal brand ambassadors of the church.
According to the IMD, The Church of Pentecost (The CoP) is a unique brand, and, therefore, leaders should acquaint themselves with the practices, culture, doctrines and core values of the church, among others to market it well.
Apostle Agyemang Bekoe said this at the climax of the Teshie-Nungua Area All Officers Apostolisation held at the Fred Stephen Safo Memorial Temple, Nungua-Nshorna in Accra on Friday, February 10, 2023.
He indicated that as brand ambassadors, they should not talk ill about the brand but rather promote it wherever they find themselves through their actions and inactions by portraying Christlike characters that will speak well of the church.
Speaking on the topic, “The Church of Pentecost Brand,” the IMD noted that The CoP is a brand because it has distinguishing features that make it unique from other churches.
Touching on what makes The CoP a brand, he mentioned among others that the church is a Bible-believing church and that the Bible should be the standard for the conduct of its members (brand ambassadors).
He also said that The CoP is a Classical Pentecostal church that believes in the ministry of the Holy Spirit, thus Holy Spirit baptism with the initial sign of speaking in tongues. The church also believes in water baptism (baptism by immersion).
The church has a native spirit of simplicity, modesty and discretion, where religious excesses are controlled.
Apostle Bekoe also mentioned another distinctive brand of The CoP as the Covenant the church has with God. Others are its doctrines or tenets, Core Values which include evangelism, prayer, holiness, tithes and offering; the Rules and Conducts of its members, Church Culture, among others.
The International Missions Director charged officers and members of the church not to adulterate the church’s hard-earned brand so that the integrity and sanctity of the church will be maintained at all times.
He ended his ministration with with an impartation service.
Present at the event were the host Area Head, Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah-Agyeman; the Hohoe Area Head, Apostle Moses Ahiakor (Guest Speaker); a former General Secretary of the church, Apostle Rigwell Ato Addison (Rtd.) – Speaker; Apostle M. M. Kopah (Rtd.), the Area Pastorate, and officers in the Area.
The “2023 National Bible Reading,” a week-long initiative of The Church of Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM), in collaboration with the Ghana Bible Society and Local Council of Churches, was officially launched on Sunday, January 29, 2023, at the Sophia McKeown Temple (SMT), near the Church’s General Headquarters, La, in Accra.
The event, was chaired by the International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe. He was assisted by the PEMEM Director, Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh, who doubles as an Executive Council Member of the Church.
This year’s “Bible Reading Week” is under the theme, “God’s Unchanging Word, Hope for all,” with Isaiah 40:8 and 1 Peter 1:24-25 as key scriptures.
The National Bible Reading exercise is scheduled to take place at the studios of Pent TV from Monday (February 7) to Friday (February 10).
Delivering the welcome address at the event, Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh explained that the rationale behind the Bible Reading Marathon is to encourage the public reading of scriptures, stressing that everything about our lives revolves around the Word of God. which is completely reliable and accurate.
The PEMEM Director noted that the increasing spate of social and spiritual challenges in the world seem to scare godly people and cause them to doubt whether there is a place for Kingdom values and principles in the emerging world.
He, however, assured that “there is hope for us because God’s Word is infallible, unchanging, and faithful for anyone who depends on Him.”
“The Bible does not need to be recast, modernized or amended to compromise its standards in the face of societal challenges. God’s Word, rather needs to be understood, believed and practised in all spheres of our lives,” he added.
Apostle Anane Denteh is optimistic that as the Bible is read aloud in public, it would inspire the reading of God’s Word in homes and society, urging, “It is our earnest desire to expose our community to the powerful words of the Creator with an open heart of understanding.”
He commended the Heads of churches and the Chairman of the Bible Society of Ghana, Rt. Rev. Dr. Daniel Sylvanus Torto, for the support towards the programme and called on Church leaders to intentionally promote both public and private reading of the Bible among their members.
In a keynote address, the incoming General Secretary of Ghana Bible Society, Very Rev. Dr. Kwasi Addo Jnr, expressed that it is always a delight when people gather to read the scriptures, saying, “with the word of God dwelling in our hearts, we are guided.”
He said that in a world where everything appears uncertain and systems are crumpling, the Word of God is the only unchanging thing that can be relied on.
“Contemporary Christians are hooked on to the English versions of the Bible, and survey shows that many lack reading in the mother language. We want to encourage reading the Bible in our mother tongue,” he stated.
He further noted that reading the Bible in the native languages brings out the cultural interpretation that would help to make reading better and take away the strangeness in culture to bear. He, therefore, encouraged Christians to make Bible reading a habit and not only an annual event.
“Indeed, we go to church, carry the Bible, but the light of the Word appears not to guide us as a people. We are still dominated by corruption, deceit and lies. As a people of the Word, let’s allow the light of God’s Word to guide us as a country and transform our lives as a people,” he appealed to the Christian community.
Among those who read the scriptures were, Nii Afotey Anokwafo II (Antweregono Mantse, Teshie), Eld. Nana Ampim (Chief of Ekumfi Eyisem & Twafohene of Ekumfi), Nana Adjoah Tanah II (Bogoso Queen mother), Vice Admiral Seth Amoama (Chief of Defence Staff), Hon. Moses Anim (MP Trobu Constituency & Deputy Minister for Fisheries), Hon. Elizabeth Sackey (Accra Mayor); and Dr. Francis Omane-Addo (Representative for Director of Prisons).
Others were Prof. Samuel Boakye Dampare (Director General, Ghana Atomic Energy Commission); Rev. DOII I. K. Erzoah Amihere (Rep. for Chief Fire Officer of Ghana National Fire Service); Rev. Andrew Jackson T. Odjawo (Presbyterian Church of Ghana; Director for Ecumerical and social Relations); Rev. ADO II Samuel Mireku Addo (Chaplain, National Headquarters, GNFS); Rev. Derek E. Koomson (The General Director Scripture Union).
Also in attendance were Apostle Dr. Dieudonne Komla Nuekpe (La Area Head); Apostle Col. Benjamin Kumi-Woode (Chaplain, Ghana Armed Forces & Resident Minister, Burma Camp Worship Centre); Elder Dr. Nana K. Gyasi (CEO Nana K. Gyasi Company Limited); Elder Dr. Nana Amo Tobin (CEO. Tobinco Group of Companies & Chief of Apinto Traditional Area), Elder Dr. Ebenezer Asamoah Nyarko (Deputy Director, PEMEM), and PEMEM National Executive Committee Members.
The “Bible Reading Marathon” initiative was initiated six years ago during the tenure of Apostle Emmanuel Ankra Badu (now Tema Area Head) as PEMEM Director. To commemorate this significant milestone, some churches with television broadcast channels have also offered to join Pent TV in transmitting the programme live to the church and general public.
The 2023 Global Ministers and Wives’ Conference of The Church of Pentecost began on Wednesday, January 25, 2023, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa in the Central Region of Ghana.
The annual fasting, prayers, and teachings event, being attended by about 4,000 ministers and their wives in Ghana, will be joined by other ministers of the church across the globe via zoom at designated places.
This year’s conference is under the theme, “Repositioning the Local Church for Maximum Impact in the Nations” – Colossians 2:6-7; 1 Thessalonians 2:19-20.
Officially opening the conference on Wednesday morning, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost worldwide, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, was hopeful that the Lord would make His ways known to the participants, as they diligently seek Him with all their hearts.
“May God’s unerring Spirit lead this conference, and may the church be fired with holy zeal,” the Chairman said.
Touching on the theme for the year, he said it represents an intentional effort to strengthen the local church, as the centre for mobilising the grassroots and equipping them for the ‘possessing the nations’ agenda.
According to Apostle Nyamekye, “repositioning suggests that we have not yet arrived. Let us put behind us the glories of yesteryear and strife to attain the goal for which Christ has called us. We, therefore, need a constant, consistent, critical examination and retooling of the church for maximum impact in the nations.”
He added: “As ministers of a church that seeks to reposition itself, we need to first reposition ourselves to be able to effectively reposition the local church.”
This, he said, can only be a reality when ministers of the church are well-grounded and well-positioned in the very things they want their members to know and do.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye challenged the participants to open up to the Lord and receive the various ministrations and find the best ways to pass them on to the local church to achieve the intended effect.
This year’s conference will end on Saturday, January 28, 2023.
The newly-built four-storey residential block of the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, has been named after the late Apostle David Yaw Anti Owusu, widely known as “Apostle DYA Owusu.”
The facility was formally commissioned yesterday at a short ceremony officiated by the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, with assistance from the General Secretary, Apostle A.N.Y. Kumi-Larbi, the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, and other Executive Council members of the Church.
The historic event was also witnessed by the family members of the late minister.
Explaining the rationale for the gesture, Apostle Nyamekye said the late Apostle Owusu was one of the illustrious servants of The Church of Pentecost who served God and the Church well.
He further touted some of the positions the late minister held in the Church, paramount amongst them were his (Apostle Owusu) relatively short stint as an Acting Chairman of the Church from 1987 to 1988 following the unfortunate passing of the then Chairman, Apostle Fred Safo, and also as an Executive Council Member of the Church for 19 years (1969-1988).
The gesture, according to Apostle Nyamekye, was, therefore, aimed at honouring the memory of a gallant soldier of the Cross.
The Chairman advised the ministers present to also serve the Lord and the Church faithfully so that posterity would celebrate their good works.
The leader of the Owusu family, in response, expressed profound gratitude to the leadership of the Church for the great honour done them. The family donated a front desk to the management of PCC to aid operations in the facility.
The newly-commissioned David Yaw Anti Owusu block has 153 rooms and an elevator to ensure easy movement inside the building.
The new block adds to six other residential buildings at the centre which have been named after other illustrious servants of the Church, namely, Apostle Abraham Tetteh Nartey, Apostle Stephen Henry Ankamah, Apostle James Kwaku Gyimah, Apostle George Alphonso Wood, Apostle Patrick Asiamah, Apostle Samuel Richard Asomaning and Elder John Bart Plange.
Present at the event were some active and retired ministers of the Church. Among them were Pastor Prince Odoom (PCC Manager) and Pastor James Agyin (Projects Development and Estate Manager, CoP – Headquarters), who supervised the execution of the building project.
Apostle D.Y.A. Owusu was called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1950 and was stationed at Sunyani a year later. He subsequently served at Suhum, Sekondi-Takoradi, Ho, Akim Oda and Cape Coast, where he retired from active ministry in 1988.
Apostle Owusu served in various capacities in ministry as afore-indicated and also served as Chairman of the Pensions Board and General Leader for the Women’s Movement (now Women’s Ministry) from 1955 to 1988 and 1967 to 1976, respectively.
He passed on to glory on July 21, 2008 at age 86, after a protracted illness.
The newly-constructed Dansoman duplex, the official residence for the National Co-ordinator for Home and Urban Missions (HUM) and the Women’s Ministry Director, has been dedicated.
A short dedication ceremony officiated by the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, was held on Wednesday, December 28, 2022, at Dansoman Sahara. He was assisted by the International Missions Director (IMD), Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, and the Dansoman Area Head, Apostle Daniel Kojo Sey.
The Project, Development & Estate Manager at the General Headquarters, Pastor James Orhin Agyin, in a brief history of the project said that in maximising the use of land due to the ever-increasing demand in strategic locations in the Accra Metropolis, the Headquarters management directed for the old structure to be demolished and replaced with a befitting design that could serve two directors at a time.
The single-storey double occupancy apartments comprise a 5-bedroom suite, a family area, living and dining, kitchen, laundry, storage spaces, security post, and car parking port.
Speaking at the service, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi said that Christians are one family, saying, “We have become fellow citizens in the kingdom of God and ethnic barriers have been taken away bringing everyone together as one.”
Touching on some aspects of the rules of conduct for ministers and members of the church, he urged members to take the pastor as their friend because the pastor needs compassion, help, advice and their prayers as they also need his.
“Make the Church your spiritual home. Love the brethren with brotherly affection and if you are able, contribute to the needs of the saints,” he stressed, adding that since the church is our home, the problem of others must be a great concern to each other.
He further said that because believers are one, during casual conversations at home or at work, one must endeavour not to speak disrespectfully about the Church and its leaders.
The General Secretary explained that in the case of misunderstandings of any instructions, concerns and grievances must be made known to the appropriate authority for explanation or redress.
“Let’s live as a family, take your minister as your friend, ask for understanding to anything you want clarity to in the church,” he said.
Present were Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Greater Accra RCC Co-ordinator & Ashaiman Area Head), Apostle Samuel Osei Asante (Kaneshie Area Head & Executive Council Member), Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh (Pentecost Men’s Ministry Director & Executive Council Member), Heads in the Greater Accra region, Ministry Directors, Management of the Headquarters, traditional leaders, session of Greater Accra Ministers and their wives.
The two Ministry Directors to occupy the new facility are Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo (National Co-ordinator, Home and Urban Missions) and Deaconess Philomina Mireku (Women’s Ministry Director).
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has challenged believers to strive to receive the favour of God to make the right impact.
He indicated that believers who are highly favoured by God break every barrier of impossibility and do exploits. Apostle Agyemang Bekoe said this in a sermon he delivered on Christmas Day [Sunday, December 25, 2022] during the climax of the La-Nkwantanang District 2022 Christmas Convention at the Praise Temple, Ogbojo in the Madina Area of the Church.
Speaking on the topic, “Highly Favoured” (Luke 1:28) based on the encounter between angel Gabriel and the virgin Mary, the IMD said the difference between grace and favour is that grace is stationary while favour is like kinetic energy which sets grace in motion, saying, “Favour is grace in motion.”
Explaining the divine interaction between the angel and virgin Mary, Apostle Agyemang Bekoe noted that Mary was chosen because God highly favoured her and made her the carrier of the Saviour of the world. He described Mary’s visitation by the angel as “gracious visitation.”
The IMD pointed out that highly favoured persons are identified by certain signs. He revealed that they are fearless because the Lord God Almighty is with them, creative, productive and fruitful.
He added that highly favoured believers have reputation, take dominion over everything in their lives, accepted by all because of the aura of nobility around them and also carry the unction of God with overshadowing power over their lives.
Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe prayed that just like the virgin Mary, believers will be highly favoured in the ensuing year so that they will impact their world.
Present at the service was the wife of the IMD, Mrs Debora Agyemang Bekoe. Also present were some retired ministers of the Church, namely Apostle Ekow Badu Wood and his wife, Prophet Benjamin Augustus Adobah and his wife, and Pastor Emmanuel Amon.
Others present were the Madina Area Women’s Ministry Leader, Deaconess Dr Gifty Nyante, the host minister, Pastor Joseph Boachie Agyemang and his wife, and the Assembly Member for Ogbojo Electoral Area, Hon. Gladys Osei Addo (a member of the Church).
This year’s La-Nkwantanang District Christmas Convention which was under the theme, “For Unto Us A Child Is Born, Unto Us A Son Is Given” – Isaiah 9:6, took place from Wednesday, 21st to Sunday, 25th December 2022.
The evening sessions were held at the Ogbojo Market while the morning sessions took place at the Praise Temple, Ogbojo.
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has urged staff, management, and members of the Church to stay with the Church because there is a ‘covenant’ covering all those who stay with the Church.
“God has a covenant with The Church of Pentecost and the covenant covers every member and staff of the Church automatically. If you stay with the church, you will enjoy the covering,” he stated.
Apostle Agyemang Bekoe said this on Thursday, December 15, 2022, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, during this year’s Head Office Management and Staff Retreat.
Speaking on the topic, “Stay With Me,” using 1 Samuel 22:23 as his main text, the IMD said that David, even though anointed, was on the run while waiting for the appointment of God.
“There is always an intervening period between the anointing period and the appointment. The period tests your durability, patience, and endurance whether you can wait or not,” Apostle Agyemang Bekoe noted.
Running from his enemies, he said that David’s associates decided to follow him around. These people, he explained, were those who were in debt, in sorrow, and in distress.”
He added: “As we transition into 2023, for us to survive in the world, you would need a special food cooked in the presence of God.”
He further encouraged Christians to stay faithful to God without being lured by the things of the world. He, therefore, called on the members and the staff to stay and benefit from the preservation and protection of God.
The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has said that Jesus is alive and lives in the hearts of all who accept Him as their Lord and personal Saviour.
The IMD made this assertion when he preached on the theme: “This Same Jesus” at yesterday’s evening session of the “Accra for Christ” crusade at the Nsakina M/A School Park.
Delivering a sermon inspired from Acts 1:11, among other scriptural texts, Apostle Agyemang Bekoe explained that Jesus was crucified for the sins of humanity but rose on the third day. He explained that after His resurrection, Jesus told His disciples to wait for the promised Holy Spirit, after which he ascended through the clouds into heaven right before their eyes.
The minister, however, stated that although Jesus is no longer physically present on earth, He is still alive in spirit, as He assured His disciples in Matthew 28:20.
“This same Jesus, not a different man; the same one previously mentioned, is still with us from now to the very end of the age as He promised before His ascension into heaven,” he said.
He further noted that Jesus lives in and works through all who have received Him in faith to accomplish His purpose on earth.
Inferring from Luke 4:18-19, he explained that when one receives Christ, the Holy Spirit dwells in them, and thus, receive the anointing to proclaim the good news of Christ, proclaim freedom for those under the bondage of the evil one, open the eyes of those suffering from physical and spiritual blindness, and liberate the oppressed.
“Jesus comes with the favour of God, so all who associate with Him also obtain the divine favour,” he added.
The International Missions Director said that Jesus, who raised the widow’s dead son back to life in Nain (Luke 7:11-17) and straightened up the woman crippled by a spirit for 18 years (Luke 13:10-13), is the same and is still in the miracle-working business.
Apostle Agyemang Bekoe, therefore, urged all who are yet to accept Jesus Christ into their lives to surrender to Him because He is the solution to all life’s problems.
Last night, over 3,200 people participated in the ongoing crusade. Among them was Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman of The Church of Pentecost), Apostle Samuel Osei Asante (Kaneshie Area Head and Executive Council Member), Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Ashaiman Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin (Evangelism Ministry Director), and Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwankye (Anyaa-Ablekuma Area Head).