Unleash Young People For God’s Work - Pastor Sampana Urges web

Unleash Young People For God’s Work – Pastor Sampana Urges

Pastor Albert Sampana who currently serves as the Youth and PENSA Director of The Church of Pentecost in the USA, has emphasised the importance of empowering young people for God’s work.

He said this yesterday (16th of May 2024) when he gave a presentation on the topic “Unleashing Young People”  at the Pentecost 2024 Conference taking place at Rudolf Weber Arena at Oberhausen, Germany.

Drawing from biblical stories such as David and Goliath, he highlighted that life’s challenges (‘lions and bears’) prepare young people for greater tasks, saying that they serve as training grounds for the youth, a reason why young people should be consciously unleashed.

He stressed that young people are crucial to transforming the world and called for their strategic preparation, positioning, deployment, and execution to advance the Kingdom agenda.

He also encouraged young people to stand for God, be available, and depend on Him, urging them to rise and make their mark while they are young.

Pastor Sampana concluded that now is the time for young people to harness their potential and respond to God’s call to transform the world.

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Trinidad & Tobago Organises 3-Day Evangelism Crusade WEB_11zon

Trinidad & Tobago Organises 3-Day Evangelism Crusade

The external branch of The Church of Pentecost (CoP) in Trinidad & Tobago, under the leadership of Pastor Dr. E. Otu-Nyarko, recently organised a three-day evangelism crusade and medical outreach in San Juan Barataria, Trinidad.

The event was held in collaboration with the Youth & PENSA Ministry of CoP-USA.

The CoP-USA delegation, led by Apostle Dr. Michael Portuphy, Director for Youth and Pensa Ministry, included 15 medical professionals, his wife, Dr. Mrs. Cynthia Portuphy, and Pastor Fidelis Mensah of Kansas District.

Medical screenings were performed by doctors and nurses from the Pensa Ministry before the evangelism crusades, which were held in the evenings.

All services were offered free of charge, and donations of glucose monitors, blood pressure machines, eyeglasses, and other medical monitoring equipment were distributed to participants.

The Pensa Ministry also donated NIV Bibles and Tracts to aid in the evangelistic outreaches of the local church.

The presence of the Holy Spirit was felt throughout the event as musical performances and powerful gospel messages were delivered by Pastor Mensah and Apostle Dr. Mike Portuphy.

The sick were healed, demons were cast out, and 19 souls were won to Christ.

In another historic moment, six officers were ordained as Elders, Deacons, and Deaconesses of the Church by Apostle Dr. Michael Portuphy, assisted by the National Head, Pastor Dr. Ebenezer Otu-Nyarko.

The ordination was the first of its kind in the Church.

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PENSA-Canberra Spreads The Gospel With “Campus Praise & BBQ”n

PENSA-Canberra Spreads The Gospel With “Campus Praise & BBQ”

The University of Canberra (UC) branch of the Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) in Australia has undertaken an evangelism exercise, dubbed “Campus Praise & BBQ,” aimed at sharing the gospel message of Christ with non-Christians on campus.

The event, which was held in collaboration with the Canberra Youth Ministry and the Oceania Bloc of PENSA International, took place at the UC campus on March 14, 2023. 

It recorded an attendance of over 100 students, including members of the Canberra Youth Ministry, and also featured powerful song ministrations by the PENSA UC Music Wing.

As part of the event, Deacon Michael Benson led a prayer circle where students joined in to pray. The session was also patronised by some non-Christians on campus. 

At the end of the event, five new members joined PENSA-UC much to the delight of the organisers. 

Report by Abigail Maminimini (PENSA-Canberra Coordinator)

PENSA International Trains 7,000 Youth On Virtual Missions web

PENSA International Trains 7,000 Youth On Virtual Missions

As part of efforts to “possess” the virtual space for Christ, about 7,000 participants of the recently-held PENSA Ghana Conference received training on virtual missions (online evangelism).

The virtual missions project, initiated by PENSA International, aims at raising online missionaries who would saturate the virtual space with the gospel message and lead many into the saving knowledge of Christ.

The virtual missions training was organised on January 4  2023 as part of the youth conference.at all three centres, namely Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) campus and the University of Development Studies (UDS) campus.

The team of facilitators, which included P/Overseer Dr. Patrick Adonoo (PENSA International Coordinator) and Elder Yaw Sah-Somiah (IWiG Chairman), took the participants through a practical online evangelism exercise using the Telegram and Azar social media platforms.

The team also took the opportunity to share with the participants some of the successes PENSA International has chalked since its inception in 2019.

Addressing participants at PCC, Gomoa Fetteh, the Patron of the Youth Ministry, Apostle Samuel O. Asante, who also serves as the Kaneshie Area Head and an Executive Council Member of The Church of Pentecost, charged the youth to carry out this divine mandate to win many for Christ.

The virtual missions project of PENSA International started off as a breakthrough strategy at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project has provided an avenue for the Church to evangelise and break grounds in countries, which hitherto were “no-go areas” for Christianity.

Through this initiative, 16 new nations have been reached in the last three years, and the Church is hopeful of reaching 15 more by 2025.

Report by PENSA International Editorial Team

PENSA International Trains Leaders For ‘I Will Go (IWiG)’ 2022 Missions

PENSA International Trains Leaders For ‘I Will Go (IWiG)’ 2022 Missions

Following the mandate of the Great Commission of Christ, the Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) International, a ministry of The Church of Pentecost, has held a week-long soul-winning training for ‘I Will Go (IWiG)’ 2022 Missions, to equip its leaders across the nations.

The missions training which is the Equipping Phase of the ministry, organised virtually on Zoom and Facebook, took place from Monday, November 28, 2022, to Saturday, December 3, 2022.

It was under the theme, “I Will Go” with scripture reading from Isaiah 6:8 and Mark 16:20. The focus of the entire Missions is to reach out to 15 unreached nations by the Church of Pentecost.

Over 260 participants, across 32 countries within six continents partook in the training and were trained by seasoned speakers in the following categories; Academic, Virtual, Financial, Prayer and Executive categories respectively.

Facilitators include Pastor Ebenezer Hagan (National Youth Director, Ghana & Patron, PENSA International), Apostle Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng (Bompata Area Head & Former Executive Council Member), Apostle Lawrence Otu-Nyarko (Finance and Administrative Director, COP), Apostle Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua (Vice Chancellor, Pentecost University, Ghana), and Apostle Dr. Jamil Nasir (Pakistan National Head), Apostle Seth Fianko-Larbi (Kenya National Head & RCC Coordinator, Eastern and Central African Bloc), Apostle Dr. Christian Tsekpoe (Head of Ministerial Formation, School of Theology, Mission and Leadership, Pentecost University, Ghana),

Others were Prof. Paul G. Kelly (Chair, Educational Leadership, Gateway Seminary, USA), Apostle Dr. Mike Portuphy (Youth Director, USA), Pastor Adrian Tan (Singapore), (Pastor Dr. Dela Klutse (Media Ministry Pastor, COP), Rev. Bernard Koku Avle (Manager, Citi FM & TV), Dr. Michael Matthews (Oral Roberts University), Pastor Bill Dindi (International Campus Ministry), Pro/Ovr. Dr. Patrick L. Adonoo (PENSA International Cordinator), and Bernard Twumasi Yeboah (The Church of Pentecost).

Delivering a presentation, the Home and Urban Missions Coordinator, Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo, admonished the participants to explore the great tools encompassed in social media to reach out to many with the gospel.

In the virtual missionary category, the Media Ministry Pastor, Pastor Dr Felix Dela Klutse highlighted on the need for the church to reach the estimated 2 billion social media account holders with the truth by creating catchy, inspiring and timely stories of our testimonies online.

“Surely, it is time to break the trend of feeding on the content of immorality and cults that deliberately flood our social media platforms; become intentional Spirit-led content creating evangelists who would counter such trends with the Word of God and save people from all nations through the internet,” Pastor Dr. Klutse stated.

The academic missionaries were advised to make time and share the gospel with peers, and establish campus ministries by Prob./Ovr. Dr. Patrick Adonoo, Coordinator of PENSA International.

He noted that global leaders and influencers of the next generation can be found with much certainty in the present academic circles.

The Financial missionaries, therefore received the essential truth of divine blessings given greatly for the noble cause of the Great Commission mandated by our Lord Jesus and the executive missionaries were given a touch of diplomacy, tact and strategy on how to reach out to high-profile persons. The Prayer missionaries were also deepened with insights on intercession by the facilitators.  

Closing the training, Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo commissioned the committed men and women who had been equipped to go and possess the nations for Christ.

PENSA International is poised to carry out the “Deployment and Mission Phase” which shall run parallel to the “Gathering and Discipleship Phase” of its activities.

Report by the Editorial Team of PENSA International

The Church of Pentecost Now In Sáo Tomē and Principe

In line with the agenda of The Church of Pentecost to possess the nations for Christ, the Pentecost Students and Associates International (PENSA International), a ministry of the Church, has carried out ground-breaking missions trip to Sáo Tomē and Principe, an island country in Central Africa located on the Equator in the Gulf of Guinea.

The mission enterprise, dubbed “I Will Go” (IWiG) Missions mobilisation project, was held in collaboration with the Church’s International Missions Directorate from October 19 to 30, 2022 and yielded a total of 105 souls to the glory of God.

A delegation of 15 young men and women from four nations (Ghana, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique) enlisted for the IWiG missions project and took part in the missions trip to the Central African country.

Ahead of the mission trip, the young missionaries, comprising 15 young men and women from four nations (namely Ghana, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Mozambique), devoted themselves to prayer, fasting and the preaching of the word of God.

They studied interpersonal relationships, the power of relationships, handling conflict and cultural integration, biblical bases for missions, the culture of missions, etc., to equip them for missions work. The topics were handled by Apostle Emmanuel Agyei Kwafo, Pastor Frank Tandoh, Pastor Shadrack Addo Annan, Pastor Lt. Franklin Kumi Lartey, Pastor Johnny Peprah, Pro./Overseer Dr. Patrick Adonoo and Deacon Steven Owusu.

Out of the souls won during the period, ten were baptised in water and six received Holy Spirit baptism.

Persons interested in joining the PENSA International IWiG Missions team can register at www.pensainternational.org/iwig.

Report by PENSA International Media Team

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PENSA International Breaks Ground In Singapore

Singapore is an Asian country predominantly made up of Malaysians, Chinese and Indians with an approximate population of 6 million. It is a developed country with good amenities and a near-perfect economy. Religions practised are Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism and there are also free thinkers and atheists. Although statistics show Christianity as the second-largest religion after Islam, the situation is not quite the same. Many Christians have fallen away from the faith while others hang loosely. 

Therefore, the gathering of about 17 young gallant professionals by PENSA International to possess the Asian nation for Christ could not have happened at a better time. 

Leaving behind their busy schedules and families, these persons marched forward with God’s word without knowing what truly awaited them. It was ten days of learning and unpredictable life in an unknown land. 

Indeed, it was a time of surrendering one’s will to that of God. From strict camp rules to several hours of prayer. These meetings were Spirit-filled; affirming the pouring out of the Spirit on all flesh as indicated by the Scriptures. 

Challenges arose, frustration set in, bodies gave up and the flesh threatened to take over. But in all these, they pressed on to the glory ahead. 

The Lord followed their efforts with signs and wonders; ears were opened, the blind could see, and the love and peace of God was greatly felt. To crown it all, 43 souls came to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, 17 of whom have accepted to join the church and accepted to join the church. 

Perhaps, the best news of all is that, through this mission enterprise, The Church of Pentecost has broken ground in Singapore. With an appreciable number of members, The Church of Pentecost-Singapore now holds Wednesday Bible studies and Sunday services. The church has also secured a place for Sunday services. To God be the glory.

The 17 young missionaries returned from Singapore fulfilled and in awe of what the Lord had done through them.

Although the mission outreach to Singapore was no small feat, the Lord has granted the team great success; He indeed deserves praise. 

Report by PENSA International Media Team

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PENSA Ghana Holds Leaders’ Retreat

Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) Ghana has organised a 3-day retreat for more than 700 PENSA leaders of various educational institutions in Ghana.

The retreat, which took place from 24th to 26th September 2021 at Atonsu Worship Centre in Kumasi, was under the theme: “Wisdom to lead, Treasures of old to tap, Nations to possess.”

Among the speakers were the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye; the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi; former Chairman of the church, Apostle Dr. Michael Kwabena Ntumy and Youth Ministry Patron, Apostle Samuel Osei Asante.

Others were the Youth Ministry Director, Pastor Ebenezer Hagan; Deaconess Faustina France and Deaconess Eunice Johnson.

The speakers shared powerful messages on the theme of the conference. The participants were groomed on how to be effective leaders in their various capacities.

Apostle Eric Nyamekye, in his presentation, charged PENSA leaders to make the organisation home to all groups of people on campus. He urged them to be soul-winners and create a conducive church atmosphere for people from all walks of life by being contemporary in their way of worship as the campus is filled with youth who are inclined to the changing sceneries of the world.

The former Chairman, Apostle Dr. Ntumy, on his part, spoke on ways to obtain wisdom. He stated that the fear of God – reading and studying the word of God, praying continuously, staying at the feet of Jesus, and walking with the wise – were sure ways of obtaining wisdom.

The second day of the retreat was climaxed with an intensive prayer time where the power of the Holy Ghost was manifested. There were prophecies, visions, and various giftings of the Holy Spirit.

The retreat ended with a word ministration by the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, who spoke on the tenets of the church.

All Travelling Secretaries and Campus Pastors and their wives were present as well as some pastors and officers in Kumasi.

The PENSA leaders were equipped and fortified and unleashed to their various campuses to take and possess them for Christ.

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Former PENSA President Adjudged 2020 Best Engineering Student

A former Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) president of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR), Emmanuel Wiafe, has been adjudged Best Engineering Student of the University and the 2020 Best Engineering Student by the Ghana Institute of Engineers (GHIE).

The colourful awards ceremony took place on Saturday, November 28, 2020, at the UENR campus in Sunyani, during the University’s 5th Virtual Congregation.

Speaking shortly after the event, Emmanuel Wiafe expressed his delight with the awards. He also expressed gratitude to all who made his educational journey at UENR a success. He called on all graduating students to endeavour to persevere even in the midst of challenges, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Narrating his patchy journey to the top, Mr. Wiafe revealed how cumbersome it was in combining academic work and church leadership. “It hasn’t been easy,” he said, adding that, “but I always work hard and try my possible best to learn, no matter how tired I feel during the day, and today, my hard work has paid off.”

“With continuous learning and hard work, one is capable of achieving anything they set their eyes on. I don’t believe anybody was born with exceptional academic capabilities, but if you learn you will know.”

According to him, the four years he spent in UENR were nothing but a blessing. He, therefore, expressed special thanks to God, the church, and ABSA bank for helping him live his dreams. [ABSA Bank, formerly Barclays Bank, gave Mr. Wiafe a full scholarship from his second year till he completed].

Emmanuel Wiafe graduated witha Bachelor of Science (BSc.) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering and overall Best Engineering Student. While in school, he was the Evangelism Secretary, Brong Ahafo PENSA Sector organizer, and PENSA President.

Report by Ghunney Isaac Kow (UENR SRC PRO).

7 Receive Instant Healing During PENSA International Rwanda Mission

7 Receive Instant Healing During PENSA International Rwanda Mission

The PENSA International Team experienced the presence of the Lord and the accompanying revival that follows the move of the Holy Spirit during the March 2020 Missions outreach in Rwanda.

These supernatural occurrences took place on March 8, 2020, when they joined members of the Central Assembly of The Church of Pentecost in Rwanda (CoP-Rwanda) for the Sunday service to climax the Missions Week.

Following a word ministration on the topic: Obeying the Great Commission Message as a Nation Possesser” by Brother Emmanuel Amankwah, a member of the PENSA International Missions Team, the congregants were ushered into a time of prayer led by Bro. Stephen Amoako and Bro. Roland Appiah. During the prayer session, 16 people (7 males and 9 females) received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

After this outpour of the Holy Spirit, the church was charged up for prayer. Elder Dr Adonoo Patrick led the team to pray for healing for members who were having issues with their health. The Lord was with the team confirming His word with sign and wonders as 7 people with various types of ailments received instant healing.

Among them was Brother Happy, who was struggling from a respiratory challenge, but received instant healing. Also, Deacon Charles who could not walk properly started limping and jumping and praising God. Sister Maria, a woman of about 80 years who could not lift her hands began to lift them and turn them around.

Four of the new converts who were won during a house-to-house evangelism exercise also joined the church for the first time.

After the service, the team paid a courtesy call on the National Head, Pastor Francis Agyemang and his family to share fellowship with them.

The PENSA International Missions Team were given a warm reception in Rwanda and were hosted by the 2nd National Legal Representative of CoP-Rwanda; Pastor Felicien Twagiramungu and Overseer Bimenyimana Xavier as well as three elders and two deaconesses of the church during their stay in the east-central African country.