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Chairman Meets Officers In Downtown Ofaakor Area

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, met officers in the Downtown Ofaakor Area on Wednesday, September 16, 2020, to start his three-day visit to the Area.

The meeting, which took place at the Downtown Central church auditorium, was the Chairman’s first official visit to the Area since the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Apostle Nyamekye took the opportunity to commend the officers for their hard work and sacrifices in maintaining fellowship within the church even in the COVID-19 pandemic. 

He, however, cautioned that as church leaders it is important that they regularly examine themselves to see if they are still in the faith. He said that it is not enough to go about their duties as officers but what is most important is that they remain in the faith.

He, therefore, urged them to show value for the salvation they have received in Christ Jesus and must be prepared to hold on to it till the end at all cost.

Speaking on the topic: “Bitterness,” Apostle Eric Nyamekye explained that the human being is a tripartite being made up of a spirit, soul and body.

“The human being is a spirit who has a soul and lives in a body. The heart is the combination of the soul and the spirit. The Bible describes that as the inner man, the man on the inside,” he said.

He said that bitterness is a seed of resentment in the human heart. However, people do not consciously store up evil, but when they keep offences within them, it grows and causes harm to them and those around them.

According to the Chairman, a lot of Christians have backslidden due to offences inflicted on them in church which they did not let go.

He said that God expects believers to have a pure heart because it is only those who are pure in heart that would see God (Matthew 5:8).

Referring to the story of Cain and Abel in Genesis Chapter 4, Apostle Nyamekye said that God saw the bitterness in Cain’s heart and forewarned him to master it, unfortunately, he did not heed to his warnings and ended up killing his own brother in cold blood.

He said that whenever people are embittered, they give room to the devil to water the bitter seeds to cause havoc to themselves and those around them.

Reading Matthew 12:35 and 15:18-20, the Chairman asserted that a good man is known from what flows out from within them and that translates into his/her actions. “You will not see it from the kind of attire she/he is wearing, rather by the state of his/her heart. What this implies is that the stores of the heart determine our actions and ultimately defines us,” he said.

The Chairman indicated that people who are consumed by bitterness are unforgiving and keep mental records of wrongs, saying, “Some even go to the extent of writing them down in a diary for record-keeping purposes. They tend to have very poisonous and sharp tongues due to the pent-up resentments they keep within. Hence, anytime they open their mouths to speak, they spew all forms of vituperations and invectives, sometimes, without even noticing it themselves.”

He also noted that bitterness weakens the individual spiritually and causes their anointing to run dry.

Apostle Eric Nyamekye, therefore, urged church leaders and Christians in general, to rid themselves of any bitterness they may be nursing within in and to guard the heart against the malady of bitterness (Proverbs 4:23) so that they would not lose their position in Christ.

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Apostle Dr Walker Receives Top Award For Training Ethical & Entrepreneurial Graduates

The Vice-Chancellor of Pentecost University and Executive Council Member of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr. Daniel Walker has received a top award for the ‘development of ethical and morally upright professionals’ at the Ghana Development Award 2020. This happened at a ceremony organized by The Busines Executive at Marriot hotel in Accra.

Presenting the award, the Group CEO of The Business Executive, Madam Paulette Kporo said Apostle Dr Walker was nominated in the category of ‘contributions to the development of ethical and morally upright professionals and entrepreneurial classes in Ghana’. She therefore congratulated him  ‘on standing out in the Education sector for the second edition of the “Ghana Development Awards”.

At the award ceremony that took place on Saturday, September 12, 2020, Apostle Dr Walker emerged eventual winner. He was, therefore, presented a plaque and a citation.

Commenting on the award, the Vice Chancellor dedicated it to God and the Pentecost University community. ‘I must say I am humbled by this award and therefore dedicate it to God, staff the entire Pentecost University community, Aps. Dr. Walker said. He added that ‘I must specially acknowledge alumni and students of the University whose professionalism and ethical conduct have earned this award’.

This latest award adds to a series of prestigious awards the VC has received in recent years, including the ‘Th Most Respected and Most Outstanding CEO in the Private University Category’ in 2019 by the Ghana Industry CEOs Awards.

Apostle Dr Walker is a Ghanaian Theologian and Academic who holds PhD in Theology from the University of Birmingham, UK.  He has served various positions at Pentecost University including Head of Department of Church History and Missions from 2004 to 2005, and Dean of Students from 2011 to 2016 when he became Vice Chancellor.

Report by Pentvars PR Office

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Djankrom District Donates Educational Materials To BECE Candidates

The Djankrom District in Suhum Area of The Church of Pentecost has donated 503 Mathematical Sets worth GH¢ 2,000.00 to Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in the community and its environs.

The beneficiaries were drawn from some schools in Nsawam, Djankrom, Ahodwo, Dego, Ntunkum, Kraboa, and Coaltar. Others were Yaw Donkor, Duodukrom and Dobro.

In an interview with PENTECOST NEWS, the District Minister, Pastor Samuel Aboagye Yirenkyi, said that the gesture was part of the Church’s social responsibility in augmenting the Government’s effort in providing quality and affordable education to students. “The Church exists to ensure both the spiritual and social well-being of its members,” he added.

Pastor Yirenkyi admonished the candidates to take the examinations seriously and eschew all forms of examination malpractices. 

He also advised the students to observe all the COVID-19 prevention protocols by washing their hands frequently, wear their face mask, and observe social distancing to avoid the spread of the pandemic.

The candidates who were overwhelmed by the gesture expressed their appreciation to the Church for coming to their aid. They were hopeful that the Mathematical Sets would assist them in their examination.

This year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination commenced on Monday, September 14, 2020, and expected to end on Friday, September 18, 2020. In all, a total of 531,705 candidates comprising 269,419 males and 262,286 females, are writing the examination.

Report by Samuel Danso.

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Gbongbonduori District Mission House Dedicated

The Sawla Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye, on Saturday, September 5, 2020, dedicated the Gbongbonduori District Mission House located in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba Constituency of the Savannah Region.

Gbongbonduori District was carved out from the Tuna District in 2018. The building is sited on a parcel land acquired by the Area from the chief and elders of Nakwabi.

The sod-cutting ceremony to commence the construction of the building was performed by Apostle Ohemeng-Kwakye on 25th February, 2018, assisted by Overseer Isaac Kwadwo Asare of Tuna District. He also laid the foundation stone on 3rd August, 2018.

Speaking at the dedication service, Apostle Ohemeng-Kwakye admonished members and officers of the church to take good care of their ministers since they have been sent by God to lead the church.

Quoting from Judges 17:10-13 with Micah as a case study, he spoke on the theme: “It is a blessing to live with the man of God.”

According to him, Micah accommodated, clothed, fed, and supported the Levite as his priest. The Area Head, therefore, underscored the need for the church to build mission houses to accommodate ministers.

He also advised members and officers to accept ministers transferred to their districts in good faith to help build a glorious church and possess the nations.

The total cost of the project amounted to GH¢161,278.61. It was funded through grants from the Head Office, Area, District, as well as special contributions by some ministers, individuals and members of the church.

Meanwhile, Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye has dedicated a borehole water facility in the district solely funded by the Sakumono District in the Teshie-Nungua Area.

Present at the event was the Gbongbonduori District Minister, Overseer Prince Kwesi Mensah. Also in attendance were ministers and their wives in the Area, officers, and members in the district.

Report by Sawla Area Media Team.

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Breast Cancer Patient Receives Divine Healing

Mrs Martha Konja, a member of Nkyenenkyene Central Assembly in the Nkyenenkyene District of The Church of Pentecost, has been miraculously healed of breast cancer.

According to her, she started feeling heaviness and intense pain in her left breast in the last week of June 2020, which gave her sleepless nights for weeks. Subsequently, the breast began to swell and the pain became unbearable for her.

As a result, her family took her to the Krachi West District Hospital where she was diagnosed with breast cancer and referred to the Ho Teaching Hospital (Trafalgar) for medication.

Mrs Konja reported the sad situation to her District Minister, Overseer Frank Amoako Henneh, who assured her of God’s divine touch in difficult situations. He further arranged for three days fasting and prayers with the woman. The pain in the breast and the swelling stopped when she was being prayed for by the District Minister during the “Tweaduapon Nwunu Ase” Prayer meeting. Her affected breast was restored to its normal size after prayers.

Upon reaching the Ho Teaching Hospital, she was declared healed as no cancer was identified in her breast.

All glory to God for His divine intervention.

Report by Kete Krachi Area Media Team

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Authority Is For Building People Up – Chairman Tells Church Leaders

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has said that authority is given to leaders, particularly church leaders, to build others up and not for tearing them down.

According to him, people are not placed in positions of authority to lord themselves or undermine those under them, but to exert special influence over their subordinates and inspire them towards the realisation of permanent beneficial goals that fulfil real needs.

The Chairman said this on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, during an orientation programme for newly appointed/called Apostles, Ministry Directors and Area Heads at the Pentecost Pension Guesthouse, Gbawe.

Speaking on the topic: “Power and Authority,” Apostle Nyamekye explained that although power and authority are sometimes used interchangeably, they are both distinct in meaning.

He noted that whereas “Authority is the mandate to perform, Power is the ability to perform or cause effect.” Another difference he pointed out was that whilst authority is given, power is generated by the individual.

Expounding more on the former, he explained that authority is given by a higher authority (Numbers 27:20), and for this reason, the leader to which the authority has been given is always accountable to the source of his or her authority. He, therefore, emphasised that authority is measured (Ezra 7:24) and could be taken away when not effectively exercised (Daniel 4:31).

The Chairman further noted that since authority is conferred, people are always curious to find out or question its source. He cited an instance in Luke 8:1-8 when Jesus Christ was questioned by His hearers on whose authority He was teaching.

“This was a legitimate question the people asked Jesus. They wanted to know by whose authority he was operating. Jesus knowing this responded with another question because He did not want to respond to them,” he said.

He said that the Lord Jesus has conferred on believers the authority to drive out demons, cure diseases, preach the Good News and to heal the sick (Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 9:1-2, Philippians 2:9-11) and should, therefore, exercise this authority in His name.

Apostle Nyamekye noted that people always want to test the authority of a person to prove the amount of power they carry. “Hence, authority should be able to answer questions, solve problems and meet needs. When authority fails to do these, then, it lacks power, and this creates dissatisfaction and all sorts of chaos,” he cautioned.

Buttressing this assertion, he quoted 2 Chronicles 9:1-6 and pointed out how Queen Sheba, having heard about the wisdom of Solomon, went to him to test him with hard questions in an attempt to find out whether the report she had heard about him was valid. Solomon, however, was able to answer all her queries to the extent that she became overwhelmed by his wisdom.

He, therefore, urged church leaders who have received this authority to work to generate power to affirm the calling which they have received. “A man’s physical appearance may give an impression of him but what he carries on the inside will define his or her destiny; real power is within, it is found in the inner person,” he asserted.

He reiterated that “unlike authority which can be taken away, the power generated can never be stolen or lost because it comes as a result of one’s effort.”

To generate enough power for effectiveness, the Chairman avowed requires that they wait upon the Lord and seek His knowledge through the consistent study of His word, stressing that: “Authority is earned or conferred, but you need to back it up with power to be effective.”

He also urged them to seek to learn of Jesus, drink on the Holy Ghost and feed on the Word and work hard at increasing their capacity.

He said that when church leaders undertake such spiritual exercises, streams of living water will flow from within them so that their followers who thirst for God could drink (John 7:37-38) and be happy.

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PENTSOS, Tradmaco Distribute Blood Collection Tubes To Pentecost Health Facilities

The Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS), the social services wing of The Church of Pentecost, in collaboration with Tradmaco Company Limited, has presented 19, 200 pieces of Vacuum Blood Collection Tubes to six health facilities owned by the Church.

The beneficiary health facilities were: Kpassa Pentecost Clinic; Ayanfuri Pentecost Hospital, Yawmatwa Pentecost Clinic, Twifo Agona Pentecost Clinic, Tarkwa Pentecost Hospital, and Kasapin Pentecost Clinic.

Presenting the items to the Administrator of the Pentecost Hospital, Ayanfuri, Mr. Felix Larbi, the PENTSOS Director, Elder Richard Amaning, said that the donation was expected to contribute to improving healthcare delivery at the six facilities.

According to Elder Amaning, the gesture was part of the effort by PENTSOS and its partners to equip the facilities to improve the quality of healthcare delivery. “It forms part of PENTSOS vision of strengthening the laboratory services across Pentecost health facilities, especially in deprived areas,” he stressed.

He commended the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Tradmaco Company Ltd, Sophia de Youngster Boateng, for the support and collaboration.

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Orientation Held For New Appointees

A three-day orientation programme was organised for newly appointed Area Heads, Ministry Directors and other new appointees of The Church of Pentecost

The event, which took place at the Pentecost Pensions Guesthouse, Gbawe from September 8 to 10, 2020, was aimed at equipping and preparing participants for their new roles.

Present at the event were the Principal Officers of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye (Chairman), Apostle ANY Kumi-Larbi (General Secretary) and Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi-Addo (International Missions Director), as well as Prophet David Kankam (Executive Council Member and Ashaiman Area Head), Apostle Dr Daniel Walker  (Executive Council Member and Chancellor for Pentvars) and Apostle Dr Dela Quampah (PIWC-Odorkor and Executive Council Member)

Addressing participants on the first day of the event, the Chairman reminded church leaders that they have been called to a holy life and should therefore live as such. (Ephesians 4:1, 1 Thessalonians 4:7)

He also said that for the authority bestowed on them to be effective it must be backed by divine power. To achieve this, he urged them to always wait upon the Lord and seek His knowledge through the consistent study of His word.

Apostle Eric Nyamekye urged them to seek to learn of Jesus, drink on the Holy Ghost and feed on the Word and work hard at increasing their capacity.

The Chairman explained that authority is given by a higher authority (Numbers 27:20), and for this reason, the leader to which the authority has been given is always accountable to the source of his or her authority. He, therefore, cautioned them to exercise their authority within its remit because just as it is given, authority could be taken away (Daniel 4:31, Ezra 7:24).

The participants were taken through some of their administrative responsibilities and what is expected of them by the General Secretary.

Pastor Dr Nicholas Darko (the outgoing Finance and Administration Director) and Elder Samuel Mantey (Acting Human Resource Manager) also took their turns to take the participants through the administrative structures, financial controls, labour act, administrative manual and the conditions of service for staff of the Headquarters.

The Senior Statistician of the church, Elder Daniel Tetteh pointed out some of the challenges in data collection and proposed some basic functional skills to help them supervise and monitor the collection of reliable Church data to enhance data credibility in the church.

In the course of the event, the immediate-past Youth Director, Apostle David Nyansah Hayfron, Apostle Francis Ofori Yeboah (Rtd.) and Apostle Anthony Ahalivor (Rtd.) were invited to share some practical and personal experiences in ministry with the participants.

Other topics treated were: “The Pastor/Director Leader” and “Managing Meetings (Mobilising People to Achieve)” by Apostle Eric Nyamekye, as well as, “Enhancing Your Supervisory Role – The Church of Pentecost Context” by Apostle Francis Ofori Yeboah (Rtd.)

The event ended on Thursday, September 10, 2020, with a clarion call on participants to apply all the knowledge gained for an effective ministry so as to accelerate the church’s vision of “Possessing the Nations.”

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KCARP Chaplaincy Committee Inaugurated

A-5 member Chaplaincy Committee has been inaugurated by the Asokwa Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Prophet James Osei Amaniampong, to provide chaplaincy services to the Kumasi Compost and Recycling Plant (KCARP), a subsidiary of the Jospong Group.

The committee led Pastor Samuel Nii Engmann was inaugurated on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at the project site at Adegya.

In his remark, Prophet Osei Amaniampong said that the facility is a trailblazer and that many nations will come and learn from its success story. “This is only achievable through prayer,” he said, stressing that staff devotion will be held three times in a week, while there will be a day’s fasting within a month for all staff to fast and pray for the growth and sustainability of the project. 

Prophet Amaniampong revealed that the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group, Elder Dr. Joseph Siaw Agyepong, intends to put up a 500-seater fully furnished church auditorium around the project site to host their religious activities.

Delivering a sermonette from Genesis 39:1-4 titled, “Being a Successful Worker,” Pastor Franklin Kumi Lartey, the PENSA Travelling Secretary for Asokwa Sector, unveiled how Joseph became a successful man in the house of his master Potiphar.

He pointed out that Joseph’s success was attributable to the presence of God that was with him. He encouraged the staff to follow Joseph’s example so that through them KCARP will make progress.

The Managing Director of KCARP, Elder Samuel Ntumy, revealed that the project which was started in 2013 has faced a lot of challenges. He, however, said that the facility will start full operations soon as the test trials of the equipment are ongoing.

This, he said, can be attributed to the grace of God. “Therefore, this chaplaincy service is a forerunner to the official ceremony to begin operations of the facility,” he added.

The Chaplain for the Jospong Group of Companies, Pastor Daniel Danso, on his part, applauded ministers of the Church in the Asokwa Area for their commitment to the KCARP Chaplaincy programme.

He encouraged the staff to be fully devoted to chaplaincy services. He prayed that the church building project will commence soon to comfortably accommodate all the staff.

In attendance were Apostle Dr. Joseph Ignatius T. Buertey (PIWC Asokwa Resident Minister), Mrs. Georgina Birago Amaniampong (wife of Asokwa Area Head), Mrs. Solace Obuor (Human Resource and Administrative Manager of the Group), among others.

Report by Pastor Franklin Kumi Lartey.

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Takoradi PIWC Gets New Bus

The Takoradi Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Joseph Kwame Assabil, on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, dedicated a brand new Toyota Coaster Bus purchased by the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC) – Takoradi.

Speaking at the event, the Resident Minister, Pastor Daniel Okyei Boakye, indicated that the acquisition of the bus in the midst of the economic effects of COVID-19 pandemic is a testimony of God’s faithfulness to His Church.

“The willingness with which members offered cheerfully towards the acquisition of the bus was indeed evidence of God’s great provision in the midst of difficult times and circumstances,” he affirmed.

In an interview with PENTECOST NEWS, Elder Kweku Kum, the Estate Committee Chairman of the Centre and former Area Deacon, said that the bus was acquired to address the transportation challenges that some members faced in coming to church. He added that the bus will be used for other welfare purposes.

Present at the ceremony were the Takoradi Area pastorate, the Presiding Elder of the Centre, Elder William Kweku Takyi, the Transport Committee Chairman, Elder Joel Arhin, the Area Women’s Leader, Deaconess Dr. Gladys Quartey, as well as some officers and members of the Centre.

Report by Pastor Ernest Perbi-Asare, Assakae District.