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The Church of Pentecost Commissions 92 New Ministers

A total of 92 newly trained ministers of The Church of Pentecost have been commissioned to begin their ministerial practice, after successfully going through a full year ministerial formation at the School of Theology, Missions and Leadership (STML) of the Pentecost University. 87 of the students are from Ghana, one each from Cameroon, Nigeria, and Madagascar, and two from Sierra Leone.

Speaking at the commissioning service at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021, the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, who also doubles as the Chancellor of the University, congratulated the students for successfully going through the first phase of the training.

“You have been chosen at a time like this from among many of your contemporaries, to serve the Lord in full-time ministry. What a great privilege this is!

“I challenge you to work and live your life as true servants of the One who has called you and be diligent to serve His purpose both in the church and the world,” he stated.

He added: “You are being commissioned at a time when the world is looking for authentic Christianity. So, it is not many more ministers of the Gospel that the world desires; they are looking for authentic Christian leaders and ministers who will serve the purpose of God in the world; ministers who will be intentional in equipping their members and unleashing them to transform every sphere of society with the values and principles of the Kingdom of God.

“Brothers, the dynamics of the world is inducing many wrong ideas, atheistic agenda, and erroneous ministerial ethics, but a pure life centered on Christ Jesus is truly transformational and infectious. Let us, therefore, strive to become the catalyst that facilitates the agenda of God in our world as we possess the nations together.”

Commending the management and staff of Pentecost University for impacting the students for the field, the Chairman entreated Area Heads, whom the new ministers will work under, to continue with the training, especially their practical and spiritual development.

“I appeal to all Area Heads to show special interest in them while they are on the field. They should share with them their experiences; guide and nurture them to become good ministers of the Gospel. I will also appeal to them to be patient with these young men as they go about their ministry and be real spiritual fathers and mentors to them. If we all support them, they will escape the pitfalls of ministry and shine as co-workers in the common vineyard of our Lord,” he said.

According to the Chairman, Vision 2023 enjoins the church “to strive to become a church whose members go to possess or take the nations by influencing every worldview, thought and behaviour with the values and principles of the Kingdom of God, thereby turning many people to Christ.”

To effectively do this, he stressed the need for the church to thoroughly equip and strengthen its ministerial training, saying, “Since our pastors and elders are at the frontline of the ministry, the Vision 2023 agenda seeks to adequately prepare them to become ‘workers who do not need to be ashamed and who correctly handle the word of truth’ (2 Tim. 2:15).

“It is for this reason that the Vision has made provision to enroll all our current ministers-in-training to our BA Theology programme and to also run certificate and diploma courses in Christian Ministry for our elders. These trainings will enhance the work of our ministers and elders and equip them to do more for the Lord.

In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Apostle Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua, charged the new ministers to contribute their quota to possess the nations for Christ.

He indicated that the commissioning ceremony was not a completion of their training, thus not a graduation ceremony since they are all enrolled in the four-year BA Theology programme and they would be back to complete other sessions before their final graduation in 2025.

“You have worked hard in your preliminary training at our School of Theology, Mission and Leadership. Besides the core theological education we have provided you, as part of your ministerial formation, we have had moments of waiting on God together, praying and fasting to receive clarity in the purpose of God for your lives. We have also explored your contributions to the realisation of the Possessing the Nations agenda.

“We are confident that these spiritual exercises will not go waste, instead as you get revealed through today’s commissioning, you will indeed become heaven’s gift to humankind; ministers with high spiritual receptivity; those who impersonate the Gospel; throw themselves to the salvation of many; those broken by God in their closest and ministers who do not only teach or talk about prayer but their congregation is prayerful because the congregation has encountered a minister who prays,” he charged them.

The Kasoa Area Head of the church, Apostle Ekow Badu Wood, in a sermon on the topic, “The Selfless Minister” based on Genesis 3:6, Luke 9:23, among other scriptures, said that ministry is service to God, mankind, and denial of self, saying, “If you combine these three your story will be nice.”

The ceremony which was attended by the Chairman of the University Council, Pastor Prof. Williams Otoo Ellis, and the immediate past Chairman of the Church, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah, also attracted some members of the Executive Council, Ministry Directors, and senior members of the University community.


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Pastor Asare-Konadu Eulogized As He Retires From Active Pastoral Service

It was all joy as people from various parts of the country met at the Ashaiman Estate District Central Assembly of The Church of Pentecost on Sunday, July 25, 2021, to witness the retirement of Pastor Samuel Asare-Konadu and his wife Agnes, after serving for 37 years in active pastoral ministry.

The service, which was officiated by the General Secretary of the church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, was graced by both retired and active ministers, including Apostle James Nana Ofori (Mankessim Area Head), Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu (Tema Area Head), and Apostle Emmanuel Kwesi Acquah (Resident Minister of Pentecost International Worship Centre, Kokomlemle), among others.

Eulogizing Pastor Asare-Konadu, the General Secretary narrated how the former has been helpful to him and his family, especially during his early days in ministry at Kojokrom in the Western Region.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi revealed how Pastor Asare-Konadu taught him the rudiments of ministry, which, he said, have helped him to be well-grounded in ministry. He, therefore, thanked God for preserving his life and successfully bringing them to the end of the active service.

Preaching the sermon on the topic, “Ending The Race In Victory” based on 2 Corinthians 2:14, Genesis 41:50-52, the Tema Area Head, Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu, said that the Christian journey is a race and that it is important for every believer to cross the finishing line.

Using Joseph as a case study, Apostle Ankra-Badu said that although Joseph faced a lot of persecution from his brothers when he shared his dreams with them, he was able to fulfill his destiny because he did not allow their evil acts to destruct him as he was able to overcome it.

For Christians to finish their race victoriously, he entreated them to be focused and take every step to forgive and forget those who offend them in order to have a clear conscience to embark on the journey.  

He thanked God for helping Pastor Asare-Konadu to cross the finishing line gloriously.

Various testimonies applauded Pastor Asare-Konadu and his wife for their selfless service in the house of God.

The General Council described him as cool and collected, humble, open-minded, simple, and very accommodating, saying, “He has developed a reputation for being detail-oriented, serious, reliable, and down-to-earth minister of the gospel.”

Profile of Pastor Samuel Asare-Konadu

Pastor Samuel Asare Konadu, born 65 years ago at Asamang in the Ashanti Region, had his basic education at the Chiraa Urban Council Primary and Middle ‘C’ Schools in the Bono Region. He continued to Somanya Technical Institute to pursue a course in Automobile Engineering. He proceeded to Kumasi Polytechnic (now Kumasi Techincal University) and completed in 1981 and worked with the Public Works Department (PWD) upon completion.

He was called into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 1984 and served in seven districts, namely Twifu Agona (1984-1990), Wa (1990-1995), Sekondi (1995-2001), Alajo (2001-2008), New Juabeng (2008-2013), and Ashaiman Chapel Square (2013-2021). In all, he served for 37 years. He has been on sick leave for a couple of years prior to his retirement.


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Pentecost University Sweeps 5 Top Awards in One Ceremony

Pentecost University has won prestigious awards in five different categories in one night. This happened during the 2021 Private University Students Association of Ghana (PUSAG) Excellence Awards which took place at the National Theatre in Accra on Saturday, July 10, 2021.

It was attended by the Deputy Minister of Education, Hon. John Ntim Fordjour; former Minister of Education in charge of Tertiary Education, Prof. Kwesi Yankah; former Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr. Ekow Spio Gabrah, and other dignitaries.

At the ceremony, Pentecost University was awarded the “Most Innovative Private University of the Year.” According to the organizers, this award was largely based on experiences and opportunities for students. They said the University’s ability to digitize its entire application process, fee payment and other salient operations within one year have greatly improved students’ experience.

They also cited the paid vacation job concept the university has rolled out, which is the first in Ghana, for its students as very innovative. These including the tremendous increase in enrolment at the university make it the obvious choice for the award.

Apart from the Most Innovative Private University award, PU’s Department of Nursing and Midwifery was adjudged the overall best among the Nursing training institutions in the country. This award was attributed to the facilities, faculty of the PU Nursing and Midwifery department and the incremental pass rate of the nursing and midwifery students at the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Ghana’s licensure examinations.

This is the second time the department has won the coveted award, having been adjudged the “Overall Best” among both public and private Universities at the 2019 UMB Bank Tertiary Awards. On the same night, PUSAG also adjudged the Department of Information Technology as the best in the year.

At the same ceremony, the Vice-Chancellor of Pentecost University Rev. Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua was awarded the “Most Innovative Vice-Chancellor of the Year.” The selection for this award according to PUSAG was based on his leadership in driving the innovations that are transforming student experiences in Pentecost University.

Not only that, Pentecost University was adjudged the “Most Vibrant Private University on Digital Media.” This award was attributed to the consistent release of information by the university through digital platforms such as social media and the University’s website. This they said allows the student to access useful information on their phones with ease.

Additionally, a total of nine students won various awards at the student’s level. A PU students’ media organization, Oboo TV, was also adjudged the “Students Media Group of the Year.”

Receiving the awards on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the Chief Information Officer Mr. Michael WK. Gyimah thanked The Church of Pentecost for the continuous support to the University. He also dedicated them to the staff, students, alumni and friends of the Pentecost University.


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PIWC – Takoradi Donates To Sekondi School For The Deaf

As part of the “Possessing the Nations” agenda of The Church of Pentecost, the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Takoradi, has donated assorted items to the tune of GHS 10,000.00 to the Sekondi School for the Deaf.

At a brief presentation ceremony held at the school on Sunday, July 4, 2021, the staff and students expressed their sincere gratitude to the Church for the act.

The items included bags of rice, maize, sugar, bottled and sachet water, cooking oil, mackerels, drinks, crates of eggs, packets of biscuits, among others.

Receiving the items on behalf of the management of the school, the Assistant Headmistress in charge of Administration, Mrs. Joyce Ama Polley, was grateful to PIWC-Takoradi for the kind gesture.

The Assistant Headmaster of the school, Mr. Abraham Ponney, on his part, applauded the Church for the thoughtful initiative of reaching out to the inmates of the school.

He used the opportunity to encourage the general public, religious institutions, and corporate bodies to come to the aid of the school.

The Resident Minister of the PIWC-Takorade, Pastor Daniel Okyei Boakye, in a short exhortation, said that since God is love, He expects His children to demonstrate His kind of love to the world.

He admonished Christians to show love to others whenever they get the opportunity to do so. “In the Possessing the Nations agenda, the love of Christ must be demonstrated to all people irrespective of their health condition, race, colour, or ethnic group,” he affirmed.

Report by Pastor Ernest Perbi-Asare – Assakae District.


Pastor Jonathan Kofie Goes Home

A mammoth gathering of bereaved relations, ministers and members of The Church of Pentecost as well as staff and students of Pentecost University thronged the funeral grounds of the late Pastor Jonathan Kofie on Saturday, July 17, 2021, to bid their final farewell to the departed minister.

Until his sudden home-call on June 20, 2021, Pastor Jonathan, 43, served as the Dean of Students  at the Pentecost University and the Resident Minister of Pentecost International Worship Centre in the Odorkor Area (PIWC-Odorkor).

Comforting the grieving crowd, the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, reiterated the need for Christians to be hopeful in the resurrection, stating that: “Long life is the desire of all, but a life that is well-lived does not depend on how long one lived on earth.”

Touching on the impact of Jesus’ short ministry on earth, he noted that “Jesus’ 33 years of a good and purposeful life has changed humanity forever. His death was the most tragic. His (death) was a gruesome murder that was well-planned and pre-meditated. The heavens stood still and looked on as they tortured and killed him. He was buried because he died. But on the third day, he rose from the dead.

“Who would have thought that his death would bring salvation to humanity. He saves in death and after death. His resurrection is the hope of our calling. It is the foundation of the Gospel we preach. Take it out and our gospel has no value. But thank God, that Christ has, indeed, been raised from the dead.”

He further noted that God’s order of resurrection began with Jesus as the first fruit of all to taste the resurrection; after Him would come those who have gone to be with the Lord, followed by those who Jesus will come to meet alive on His return. Stressing that, “If Christ resurrected, then we also shall resurrect. This is the hope we have!”

Exhorting the gathering on the topic: “God is faithful,” which was inspired from Luke 24:13ff, the Kasoa Area Head, Apostle Ekow Badu Wood, urged Christians not to be perturbed by life’s challenges, but to keep their focus on God because He is always faithful and to trust that He will be with them in all circumstances.

He, therefore, encouraged all gathered, especially the bereaved family, to have faith in the Lord and trust that even in this difficult time Jesus is still with them.

The General Council, in a tribute, read by Apostle Dr. Daniel Okyere Walker (Executive Council Member and Tarkwa Area Head) described Pastor Jonathan Kofie “as a gallant soldier who executed his numerous tasks with diligence, total devotion and alacrity.  He was organised, a man of vision, focused, result-oriented, hard-working, humble, bold, approachable and a team player.

“His loyalty to the church and respect for authority was without question. This was particularly evident in his strict adherence to policies and decisions of the Executive and General Councils as well as his strong knowledge and avid application of the Pentecostal liturgy. We testify that these few years of his ministry were impactful and fruitful. He served meritoriously as a pastor, a Children’s Ministry worker, and also as a lecturer and Dean of Students’ Affairs at Pentecost University,” it further read.

The widow, Mrs Regina Kofie, and children, Pentecost University, PIWC-Odorkor also took turns to eulogise the departed minister in emotional tributes.

Among the dignitaries present at the event were the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi Addo (International Missions Director), as well as some Executive Council Members, namely, Apostle Isaac Nii Kotei-Djani (Techiman Area Head), Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Ashaiman Area Head), Apostle Mike Etrue (Kaneshie Area Head), Apostle Dr. Dela Quampah (Ho Area Head). Also, present were Prophet James O. Amaniampong (Asokwa Area Head), Apostle Patrick Aseyoro (Odorkor Area Head) and  Apostle Prof. K. Agyapong Kodua (Vice-Chancellor, Pentecost University), among several others.

Pastor Jonathan Kofie was called into the full-time pastoral ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 2006 and served in the following districts: Potsin District (Winneba Area), Winneba District (Winneba Area), PIWC-Sakumono (Teshie-Nungua Area), Achimota District (Achimota Area) and PIWC Odorkor (Odorkor Area).

He is survived by a wife and five children.



Apostle Kumi-Larbi Urges Ministers To Plant & Nurture More Trees

Ministers of The Church of Pentecost have been encouraged to make it a habit of planting and nurturing trees as part of their day-to-day activities. 

This appeal was made by the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Kumi-Larbi, when he planted a tree at the premises of the Bolgatanga Central Assembly on Friday, June 25, 2021, as part of a three-day duty visit to the Upper East Region.

During his visit, the General Secretary saw to the planting of nine trees, three of which he planted himself. 

In addition to the tree he planted at Bolga, Apostle Kumi-Larbi planted two others at the premises of the Pentecost Clinic at Kultamise and on the 10-acre farmland acquired by the church for irrigation farming at Ankpaliga, near Zebila.

Apostles Sylvester Arhin (Tamale Area Head and Executive Council Member), Wilberforce Nkrumah Agyemang (Bolgatanga Area Head), Apostle Eric Boateng (Bawku Area Head), Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye (Sawla Area Head) and Pastor Emmanuel Aidoo (Yendi Area Head) also took turns to plant trees.

He encouraged the ministers to make it a habit of planting more trees and nurture them.

“I have already planted seven trees. Now every opportunity I get, I plant a tree. At any function I attend, I make it a point to plant a tree. It is possible. So, I encourage every minister, especially those on the field, to do well to plant and nurture more trees,” he said.

The General Secretary’s call is in support of the church’s environmental care campaign for this year which focuses on tree planting. In line with this year’s campaign, the church has initiated an audacious vision to plant one million trees nationwide and nurture them. The exercise coincided with the tree-planting drive of the government, which also sought to plant and nurture five million trees across the nation.

According to a report released by the World Resources Institute (WRI) in 2019, Ghana is losing its rainforest faster than any country in the world. This alarming situation is largely caused by human activities. 

To forestall this problem, the church has embarked on a tree-planting drive to plant and nurture 1 million trees across the nation. The objective of this exercise is to motivate people to plant trees and increase awareness about the importance of trees.

It is also to create a sense of responsibility among people to nurture trees and to motivate communities and churches to actively participate in the protection and preservation of the environment.



Let There Be Light! – How Pentecost Clinic Project Brought Electricity To Kultamise Community

Ghana has made significant progress in extending electricity access across the country, particularly the rural areas. However, the recently published Ghana Living Standards Survey (Ghana Statistical Service, 2019) indicates that regions in the northern parts of the country have much lower access to electricity, compared to regions in the southern parts of the country.

One of the communities in the northern part of the country that is yet to be connected to the national grid is Kultamise, a farming community in the Pusiga district in the Upper East Region. Time and time again, efforts made by the residents to connect to the national grid have proved futile.

After several attempts, the community came closest to achieving electrification in 2012 and even had its electrical poles erected and cables laid through to other electrified communities like Pusiga. Unfortunately, the project stalled leaving the community sandwiched between two electrified communities – Pusiga and Nware.

Inhabitants of the community depend on neighbouring communities for electricity access to recharge mobile phones, and or engage in recreational activities such as watching football matches, etc. at a fee.

About 21 months ago, The Church of Pentecost, through its social services arm, Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS), in consultation with the Pusiga District Health Office and the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Pusiga, cut sod for the commencement of a clinic facility to help meet the healthcare challenges of the Kultamise community.

In times past, residents of Kultamise and its surrounding towns have gone through dire ordeals in accessing quality healthcare. The situation has contributed to worsening the plight of pregnant women, especially when in labour as their spouses had to carry them on their back or motorbikes to cross a river to access healthcare in Pusiga.

The construction of the clinic was, therefore, an intervention by the church to provide a health facility that can serve the community and its environs, particularly in helping to reduce maternal and child mortality in the Pusiga District.

The project, which was constructed under the supervision of the Estate Department at the church’s Headquarters, and the Bawku Area Estate Committee, was successfully executed and commissioned on Thursday, June 24, 2021.

The ultramodern edifice, estimated at GH¢ 850,000.00, has a fully furnished Out-Patient Department (OPD), Male and Female Wards, Delivery Ward, Dispensary, Washrooms for both patients and staff, Laboratory, and Consulting rooms as well as residential accommodation for health officers.

Strongly moved by the church’s gesture, Hon. Alhassan Zubeiru, the DCE of Pusiga, pledged to ensure that the community is connected to the national grid before the commissioning of the clinic. This was partly because of the ultramodern medical equipment fitted into the clinic facility, most of which would require electricity to operate to serve the health needs of the people better.

With this renewed optimism, the DCE charged the ECG Office in the Pusiga district to do whatever it took to provide electricity access to the community before the commissioning.

The ECG team responded positively to the DCE’s directive and commenced work. All things seemed to be going according to plan but a day to commissioning it the work suffered a major setback late in the night. The transformer that was to distribute power to the community was unable to support the electricity load being generated. After several consultations, the only alternative was to get a new outlet to supply the community with electricity. However, this new process would mean installing a new transformer to create a new access point.

United towards this common objective, the youth of the community willingly offered to assist the officials to dig holes for the installation of the transformers. Working throughout the night into the D-day, the team, with the support of the residents, succeeded in providing electricity for the community after a very “long” wait.

Indeed, life in Kultamise will never be the same again and Thursday, June 24, 2021, will remain one of the most memorable days in the history of the community. For on this day, the people received a double blessing – an ultramodern health facility and access to electricity. The spiritual implication of this is that the people of Kultamise have received a divine visitation. The presence of the church in this Muslim-dominated community is also an indication that a seed of the gospel of Jesus, the light of the world, has successfully been sown and would soon flourish and lead many into His saving knowledge. For we are very convinced that it is no coincidence that on the very day that The Church of Pentecost came to town, light shone around. To God be the Glory!


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Teshie-Nungua Area, Graceland PIWC Construct 2 Mechanised Boreholes In The North

The Wa Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Daniel Nii Tetteh Tackie, on June 12, 2021, dedicated two mechanised boreholes jointly funded by the Graceland Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) at Nungua, and the Teshie-Nungua Area of the church.

The two projects which are sited at Vieri and Nyoli in the Wa Area of the church amounted to GH¢ 30,000.00, with each donor providing GH¢ 15,000.00

Pastor Stephen Kwabena Adade, the District Minister of Vieri, was full of praise to the Teshie-Nungua Area Head, Apostle Dr. Alfred Koduah, for coming to the aid of the community.

He indicated that since the Mission House was dedicated some 15 years ago, this is the first time that water was flowing through the taps, saying that the project will also benefit the Vieri community.

Overseer Daniel Kwaku Mpanga of Nyoli District, on his part, expressed gratitude to Graceland PIWC headed by Pastor Ebenezer Agyapong. He also indicated that, since the District Mission House was dedicated some 19 years ago, this is the first time that water flowed through the taps, and added that the entire Nyoli community will benefit greatly from the project.

The Chief of Nyoli was full of praise to The Church of Pentecost for the timely intervention. He indicated that the only source of water that serves more than one thousand inhabitants is a dam and an old borehole which was barely efficient. He added that the intervention by the church will go a long way to address the challenges that the community faces in terms of potable water.

Report by Pastor Gordon Ansah, Wa.

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I Could Have Died! … Resident Of Kultamise Shares Harrowing Ordeal

Twenty-one-year-old Comfort Atimbilla is the wife of Mumuni Jalil. The couple has been married for two years. Last year, the Lord was gracious to Comfort, and she conceived. The couple has since looked forward to what they refer to as the first of many children they hope to have. Although very optimistic, Comfort was equally worried. It was her first time at childbirth, having heard a lot of horrifying stories about the inconveniences in childbirth, especially at Kultamise.

Kultamise is a farming community in the Pusiga district in the Upper East Region. It is referred to as a “border town” because, together with other communities, it shares boundaries with Burkina Faso on the north, and Togo on the west. It has a Muslim-dominated population of more than 3,000 people, most of whom are vegetable farmers.

The community is separated from the Pusiga community by the Kulpelgu river. To get to Pusiga one ought to cross the Kulpelgu river or go through Burkina Faso – which is about four times the journey! This necessitated the construction of a concrete bridge over the river to link both communities. Unfortunately, the bridge was washed away by a flood shortly after it was constructed.

This means that residents of Kultaminse and other overbank communities can only come to the other side by crossing the river on foot or by canoe, which is rare. Simple as it may sound, this tends to be very life-threatening, especially when it rains and the river overflows its banks. For people like Comfort, crossing over was not just an option, but the only choice she has in order to access better antenatal care.

Apart from being the main commercial town in the district, Pusiga is also where the only standard clinic is located. This means that to access better healthcare, one must commute from Kultamise to Pusiga at all costs. However, for pregnant women, the challenges are more prevalent.

“When you are pregnant, the nurses discourage you from riding on a motorbike because it could lead to more complications, and since the motorbike is the most affordable mode of transportation here, the only alternative is to walk. So once every month from the latter part of last year, I had to walk for hours from Kultamise to Pusiga for antenatal care. It has not been easy o!” she says and chuckles.

Fast forward to Sunday, June 6, 2021, Comfort recounts the day she went into labour and had her worst fears realised: “At about 2:00 am, I began to feel pains in my tummy. I began pacing back and forth in the house. My husband was following me from one place to another because he knew I was due and was not taking any chances. After some time, the pains became more severe. So, he called his brother, sat me on a motorbike, and headed for the Pusiga District Hospital.

“When we got to the river, it had overflown its banks. It seemed dangerous to cross, but the pains were becoming severe, so my husband helped me off the motorbike, and together with my brother-in-law, they held my hand and helped me to cross the river.

After crossing it, my husband had to leave me and his brother on the other side to cross back to the bank of the river for the motorbike, and then cross over again to carry me to Pusiga. When we got there, I was told there were some complications, so I should go to Bawku instead. At Bawku, I had to wait for a while to be attended to, all the while I was enduring excruciating labour pains.

“This is why the Pentecost Clinic means more than just a health centre to us, it is here to save our lives and make life better for us. If it were here then, I would not have gone through the ordeal I went through. You people (The Church of Pentecost) have no idea what this means to us, especially to people like me who faced such a life-threatening situation. Imagine going into labour, and being carried on a motorcycle, imagine crossing a river on foot while in labour. I was even very fortunate, because others have lost their lives or even lost their babies as a result.”

Comfort, like many other residents, is optimistic about the future of the Kultamise community and the critical role that the Pentecost Clinic would play in this new era.

“Now, accessing quality healthcare is just a stone’s throw away and I do not have to even cross any river to get medical treatment. Now whether it rains or not, it makes no difference. The church has done so well and we as a people are very grateful,” she said.

According to the 2017 maternal health survey, maternal mortality ratio for Ghana is 310 deaths per 100,000 live births and pregnancy-related mortality ratio for Ghana is 343 per 100,00 live births. A review of the 2020 annual performance of the Ghana Health Service in the Upper East Region indicates that maternal deaths shot to 35 in the year 2020 from 30 in 2019, resulting in an institutional maternal mortality rate of 91 per 100,000 live births in the region. This was attributed to inadequate support services including infrastructure, residential and office accommodation as well as means of transport in all health facilities in the region.

Alhassan Kultamise, a native of the community, narrates how he lost his baby and almost lost his wife due to poor access to healthcare.

“It was late in the evening when my wife got into labour. When we got to the river it was too full and we were scared to cross. I did not know what to do. My wife was in pain and yet I felt helpless, there was nothing I could do; attempting to cross would have been signing our death certificates. So, we had to wait until the next day. In the end, we lost the baby, but for the mercies of God, I would have lost my wife as well,” he said.

Alhassan, a father of 12, says thoughts of the incident which took place about four months ago still saddens him. “I know for a fact that if this clinic were to be here, my child would have survived. This is why this community would forever be indebted to The Church of Pentecost for what you have done,” he said.

Carrying her three-week-old baby at her back, a cheerful Comfort Atimbilla joined Alhassan Kultamise and other residents to witness the historic commissioning of the Pentecost Clinic in the community by the General Secretary of the church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The project was fully funded and constructed by the church, through its social services wing, Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS).

The edifice, worth GH¢ 850,000.00, has a fully furnished Out-Patient Department (OPD), Male and Female Wards, Delivery Ward, Dispensary, Washrooms for both patients and staff, Laboratory, and Consulting rooms as well as residential accommodation for the health officers.

According to the General Secretary, the intervention was informed by the urgent need to provide a health facility that can serve the community and its environs, particularly in helping to reduce maternal and child mortality in the area. “We trust that it will provide a lasting remedy to the decades-long problem faced by the people,” he added.

The facility is expected to serve communities located over the banks of the Kulpelgu river, namely Kultamise, Kolnaba, Bitsu, Nware, Gamburugu, Cinakom, Sangaboli and Kawerigu. It would further serve some neighbouring communities of Kultamise such as Zumbeku in Togo as well as the Hotige, Sugumonma, Garega and Morgande communities in Burkina Faso.


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General Secretary Commissions Kultamise Pentecost Clinic

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, on Thursday, June 24, 2021, commissioned an ultramodern health facility constructed by the church at Kultamise, a farming community in the Upper East Region of Ghana.

The facility, which took 21 months to complete, is expected to serve communities located over the banks of the Kulpelgu river, namely Kultamise, Kolnaba, Bitsu, Nware, Gamburugu, Cinakom, Sangaboli and Kawerigu.

The clinic would further serve neighbouring communities of Kultamise such as Zumbeku in Togo as well as the Hotige, Sugumonma, Garega and Morgande communities in Burkina Faso.

Delivering an address on behalf of the Chairman at the commissioning ceremony, Apostle Kumi-Larbi said that in the past decades the inhabitants of Kultamise and surrounding towns have gone through great ordeal in accessing quality healthcare.

He explained that the situation has contributed to worsening the plight of pregnant women especially when in labour as their spouses had to carry them on their back or motorbikes to cross the river to access healthcare in Pusiga.

“This intervention by the church through the Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS), was informed by the urgent need to provide a health facility that can serve the community and its environs, particularly in helping to reduce maternal and child mortality in the Pusiga district. We trust that it will provide a lasting remedy to the decades-long problem faced by the people,” he stated.

The General Secretary pointed out that the construction of the edifice is part of the strategic vision of the church dubbed “Vision 2023: Possessing the Nations.” According to him, the church, in fulfilment of Vision 2023, is partnering with the Government of Ghana to transform the fortunes of the country by contributing to its accelerated socio-economic development. Hence, the construction of major social infrastructures in various parts of the country.

Apostle Kumi-Larbi seized the opportunity to call on all and sundry to accept Christ as Lord and Saviour, declaring that it was under His influence that the church had undertaken such an audacious project.

“The truth is that the church would not have been able to undertake such a project if it were not for the love of Jesus Christ. Helping others is a virtue that we learnt from Jesus, so anyone willing to experience this love of Christ which compels us to help others, should accept Him as Lord and Saviour and He would teach you to do even greater works than we have done,” he noted.

The edifice, worth GH¢850,000.00 and fully funded by the church, has residential accommodation for the health officers, fully furnished Out-Patient Department (OPD), Male and Female Wards, Delivery Ward, Dispensary, Kitchen, Washrooms for both patients and staff, Laboratory, and Consulting rooms. Out of the total amount spent on the project, GH¢ 550,000.00 was spent on civil works, whilst the rest was spent on the medical equipment, furniture, beddings, drugs, and other related medical consumables.

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Pusiga, Hon. Alhassan Zubeiru, said that the construction of the health facility is a major milestone in the history of Pusiga District and symbolises the promotion of healthcare in the district. He commended the church for its transformation agenda, which, according to him, is not only targeted at church members but the entire society.

The Pusiga District Health Director, Mr. Timothy Mahama, expressed concern about the spate of maternal and child deaths in the district and advised pregnant women in the community to patronise the clinic regularly to enable the medical staff to continuously monitor their conditions before, during and after childbirth. This, he said, will help reduce complications and causes of maternal and neonatal mortality.

He also urged the health workers to uphold professionalism and not to hesitate to refer patients to the district clinic whenever it becomes necessary.

The Chief of Pusiga Traditional Area, Naba Tambiis-Ku-Nwiak, conveyed the appreciation of the Kultamise people to The Church of Pentecost for the wonderful gesture. He prayed that God would replenish everything the church has lost in the process and grant them the grace to do same for other vulnerable communities.

The General Secretary led some ministers present to plant trees on the premises of the clinic in line with the Green Ghana project aimed at restoring the country’s depleting forest cover.

The commissioning and dedication of the Kultamise Pentecost Clinic was well patronised by the traditional leaders including Naba Berie Hunsuo (Chief of Kultamise) and people within the Pusiga District and its environ. The event was also graced by a number of ministers of the church from the Tamale, Bawku, Bolgatanga, and Sawla Areas of the church.

Some of the ministers present were Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Tamale Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah Agyemang (Bolgatanga Area Head), Apostle Eric Boateng (Bawku Area Head), Pastor Emmanuel Aidoo (Yendi Area Head), Pastor James Agyin (Project, Development and Estate Manager, COP Headquarters), and Elder Richard Amaning (PENTSOS Director), among others.

Kultamse is a farming community in the Pusiga political district of Ghana and falls within the Bawku Area of The Church of Pentecost. The muslim-dominated community is located over the banks of the Kulpelgu River and has a population of over 3000 people. This year alone, seven lives have been tragically lost due to poor access to healthcare. With this new facility, residents (especially pregnant women) of the community and those in the surrounding towns are optimistic that they can now receive better healthcare (antenatal care) and would not have to sometimes trek all the way to Pusiga for medical treatment.