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IMD Visits Kaneshie Central Assembly

It was his first time visiting the 5000-seater capacity auditorium of the Kaneshie Central Assembly in the Kaneshie Area after his election into the office of the International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, and the excitement of receiving him was written all over the faces of the congregation. The congregation was touched by the sermon the new IMD, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, preached as he introduced the theme of the church for 2022, “Equipping the Church as an Army to Possess the Nations.” 

Apostle Emmanuel Agyeman Bekoe spoke on one of the thematic areas of the theme – “The Helmet of Salvation.” He explained that a helmet is a protective gear of the army and without it, a soldier risks losing his life.  

According to him, the helmet is put on to protect the head which contains the brain and without the brain the whole being is dead.  

The IMD quoted Ephesians 6:17 which says: “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the spirit which is the word of God” and explained that the helmet of salvation prevents the devil from gaining access to the brain. He, therefore, advised believers to always have it on. 

Apostle Agyemang Bekoe reiterated that human beings are made up of flesh, soul, and spirit and without the spirit the whole being is dead. Therefore, he said, if the sword of the spirit is the word of God, then Christians must check and train the spirit daily and allow it to control the soul and flesh.  

He indicated that until one accepts Christ Jesus as his Lord and personal Saviour, his spirit is dead and cannot hear the voice of God. 

Concluding his message, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe said the spirit does not die “so when a believer or a righteous die, we don’t lament that much because God is the giver of the spirit, since the spirit goes back to God. Therefore, it’s just the spirit that departs from the flesh, so the person continues to live with the Lord.” 

Present at the service were Apostle Samuel Arthur (Lecturer at Pentecost University), Pastor Agyei Nimako (Kaneshie District Minister), and officers of the church.  

Report by Oheneba Nyarko. 

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There Are More Territories To Be Possessed For Christ – IMD

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has called on heads of the church to make every effort to take the gospel of salvation to every part of the world.

He said although The Church of Pentecost has done creditably well in taking the gospel to the nations as it currently has its presence in 109 nations across the globe, there are still about 159 unreached nations yet to be possessed by the church for Christ.

“There are still more lands to be possessed. We should not rest on our laurels; we need to move as fast as possible to possess every land of the world for our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,” he stated.

Apostle Agyemang Bekoe revealed this when addressing National/Area Heads at the 2021 Heads’ Meeting of the church on Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa.

Speaking to the topic, “Possessing the Nations Agenda – The Missions Perspective,” the IMD said that out of the 159 unpossessed nations, eight are in Africa, 30 in Asia, 56 in Europe, 23 in North and South America, 20 in the Caribbean, 21 in Australia/Oceania and disputed Antarctica.

Per the church’s five-year strategic vision of Possessing the Nations, it intends to capture at least 40 of these unpossessed nations for Christ by the end of the year 2023. The ambitious agenda, he stated, requires a more concerted effort by all stakeholders so that the overarching vision of the church would be realised at the end of the period.

Touching on some of the implementation strategies needed to drive the missions aspect of the Possessing the Nations agenda of the church, Apostle Agyemang Bekoe mentioned 22 thematic areas that his office has developed to help achieve the agenda.

These include planting churches in prime areas in the nations, increasing soul winning and creation of more districts, training ministers in the diaspora to be missions-minded aside providing ministry to people largely of Ghanaian descent, aggressive ministry to the homeless, drug/drunk/sex addicts, encouraging the establishment of more Pentecost International Worship Centres (PIWCs) in the nations and training of leaders at all levels.

Other strategies include establishing more French-speaking churches in the English-speaking West African countries and vice-versa, introducing French programmes on the church’s television station – Pent TV to reach out to the Francophones, establishing Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) in the nations, and strengthening the affiliation with PENSA International to recruit students and alumni as volunteers for social work and evangelism..

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Spiritual Gifts A Game-Changer In Christian Evangelism – IMD

The International Missions Director (IMD) of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang Bekoe, has stressed the importance of the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the propagation of the gospel in contemporary times.

According to him, the nine charismatic gifts – Word of Wisdom, Word of Knowledge, Discerning of Spirit, Prophecy, Speaking in different kinds of tongues, Interpretation of tongues, Faith, Working of miracles and Gifts of healing – are a ‘game-changer’ in the Church’s effort to evangelise the world and ‘possess’ nations.

The IMD said this last Friday when he joined participants of the Ashaiman/Tema Zone for the final day of the Evangelism Conference (EVACON).

Speaking on the topic ‘Spiritual Gifts’ based on 1 Corinthians 12, Apostle Bekoe mentioned that there are three main models in Christian evangelism. He said the first is the ‘Jesus-Samaritan Woman’ model (John 4), where the evangelist proclaims the gospel on a person-to-person basis, otherwise known as Personal Evangelism or Witnessing. The second, he noted, is the ‘Day of Pentecost’ model (Acts 2:1-42), where the evangelist proclaims the gospel to a crowd, also known as Mass Evangelism.

He further revealed that the ‘Spiritual Gifts’ model, which is the third approach, is where believers demonstrate the supernatural ability of God to unbelievers, making it easier for them to believe in the existence of the Almighty God and the testimony of His son, Jesus Christ.

Apostle Bekoe, therefore, urged Christians to constantly seek the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church to augment their personal and mass evangelism efforts.

Inasmuch as Christians desire spiritual or charismatic gifts, the IMD also urged them to equally yearn to bear the Fruit of the Spirit (Character) since the latter helps to put the former in check.

He said: “There is a reason why the spiritual gifts and the Fruit of the Spirit are both nine in number. It is because every spiritual gift (Charisma) has a corresponding fruit (Christ-like character) to protect it from possible abuse.”

“So you cannot only possess the Charisma and not the Character. They must go together. Having one without the other is like a bird with one wing. But with both (Charisma and Character), the Church would fly and soar high!” he added.

This year’s Evangelism Conference (EVACON), which was themed “A Revived Church in an Aggressive Evangelism and Informed Intercession” (Ezekiel 37:1-10), took place from October 27 to 30, 2021 at various centres nationwide.

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IMD Donates Thermometer Guns To Media Ministry, Pent TV, PENSA International

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.”

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Apostle Agyemang Bekoe Inducted Into Office As New IMD Of The Church Of Pentecost

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.

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Orientation Held For Newly-Called Missionaries

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. 

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Tears Flow As Pastor Joshua Baffoe Ennin Laid To Rest

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.

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Don’t Shift From Preaching The Salvation Message – IMD

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.

Report by AEWC Media/Publicity Team.

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Reverence For God Brings Revival – Apostle Gyesi-Addo

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.

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CoP-Uganda Gets 2000-Seater National Auditorium, Head Office

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.

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