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New Tafo Area Holds ‘Holy Ghost Conference’

The New Tafo Area of The Church of Pentecost under the headship of Apostle Samuel Antwi, has organised a three-day prayer meeting, dubbed “Holy Ghost Conference.”

The event, which took place from August 3 to 5, 2022, at the Sepe-Buokrom Revival Centre, was under the theme: “If You See Me When I Am Taken From You, It Will Be Yours,” (2 Kings 2:10), with Apostle Samuel Nana Yaw Agyei (Kade Area Head) as main speaker.

As part of the event, Elder Kwaku Owusu Ansah, the outgone Area Deacon, who served conscientiously and meritoriously for 13 good years was appreciated.

The well attended occasion, which happens to be the last meeting under the aegis of Apostle Samuel Antwi as the New Tafo Area Head, also witnessed the foundation stone laying and sod-cutting ceremony for the Area Revival Centre and construction of a 2000-seating capacity auditorium for Pentecost International Worship Centre, New Tafo (PIWC-New Tafo), respectively.

Addressing the teeming congregants at the climax of the event, Apostle Samuel Antwi read Jude 1:24 and urged them to keep trusting God because He is able to protect His children from stumbling and to make them stand no matter the situation.

Apostle Samuel Antwi and his wife, Mrs. Mary Antwi are billed to retire from active ministerial service on Sunday, August 21, 2022, after 38 years of dedicated and conscientious service to the Lord and the Church.

Present at the event were the Area pastorate and their spouses, among others.

Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah

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Jesus Makes The Impossible Possible – Kpassa Paramount Chief

The Paramount Chief of the Kpassa Traditional Area, Dr. Ubor Tossan Konja VI, has asserted that the only one who has power to turn around every impossible situation is Jesus Christ.

Dr. Tossan, who is an elder of The Church of Pentecost, said this yesterday when he delivered a sermon on the topic, “Jesus Has the Power to Change the Unpleasant Situation for Your Good” at the Central Assembly auditorium of the Changbalyiri District.

Elder Konja urged Christians not to worry about any impossible situation they may be facing, but rather trust Jesus to change it for the better.

“Do not worry about your unpleasant situation because Jesus Christ will do good things in your life. So, if your heart is troubled, I have come to announce to you that Jesus Christ will intervene,” he charged.

Elder Tossan said that Jesus is the giver of life and He transforms lives, adding: “It does not matter how long you have been in the church, Jesus will touch and heal you.”

Reading from John 5:1-11, he stated that if Jesus could heal the cripple by the pool who had suffered that condition for so many years, then He is capable of doing same for anyone who calls on Him.

According to him, there is life in Jesus and when He speaks it takes immediate effect.

He explained that the devil is scared of every child of God because they carry the glory and the power of God.

“If you have any challenge, I am here to let you know that Jesus will take care of it today,” he concluded.

A healing session held after the sermon saw many being healed of various diseases.

The service, which was the first morning session of ongoing “Sawla for Christ” crusade, ended with a heartfelt prayer of intercession for the ongoing Russian-Ukraine conflict. The Evangelism Ministry Director, Apostle Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin, led the congregation to seek for a divine intervention in the escalating situation.

He also led the Church to intercede for the Sawla township and the nation Ghana.

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EIGHT BIBLICO-METAPHORICAL ILLUSTRATIONS FOR “EQUIPPING THE CHURCH”

“Equipping the church” involves the “Equipping hands” (church leaders at all levels) preparing the church at respective levels by “placing” them in “yielding and available position” to encounter the “Equipper” – the Holy Spirit – who will impart them with the resurrection power by filling them to make them stable, grounded and firebrand to possess the nations by transforming societies with values, principles and lifestyles of the Kingdom of God.

The following are eight (8) biblico-metaphorical illustrations for “equipping the church” (the “to be equipped” ready to receive divine encounter from the Equipper).

1. Moses prepared Aaron’s Rod (and other tribal rods) before Aaron’s rod received divine encounter and budded with fruit (Numbers 17:1-13).

2. Elisha told the widow of the sons of the prophets to get vessels ready to be filled with oil and the oil multiplied and filled all the available vessels until there was no vessel (2 Kings 4:1-7).

3. Jesus told the disciples to get the five thousand plus people seated and also gave the bread to the disciples to distribute to the people and as they did, the bread kept multiplying until they all ate and had 12 full baskets as leftover (John 6:1-14).

4. At the wedding in Canaan, Mary, the mother of Jesus told the disciples to do whatever Jesus told them and when Jesus told them to fill the vessels with water and they did, the water turned into wine which was sweeter than the earlier one (John 2:1-12).

5. Elijah, in his encounter with the prophets of Baal, prepared the altar and made the sacrifice ready, and even though the altar was flooded with water, fire came from heaven and fell on the water and consumed it (1 Kings 18:20-40).

6. At the tomb of Lazarus, Jesus told the people to roll the stone covering the tomb away and when they did, at the sound of the voice of Jesus, Lazarus encountered the resurrection and was set free to go (John 11:38-44).

7. In the desert, God told Moses to make 70 elders ready and when that was done, God took of the Holy Spirit that was on Moses and gave same to the 70 elders so they can help Moses lead the people (Numbers 11:16-30).

8. Before Jesus ascended into heaven, He instructed the disciples not to leave Jerusalem but to tarry and as they did, mighty rushing wind filled the house they were staying and they were all clothed with power from heaven (Luke 24:44-49; cf. Acts 1:4-8).

The list goes on and on and on. God desires to touch humanity with heavenly things and requires humans He can partner to do so.

There is a Pentecost song in Twi entitled, “Oshewbo wo wim ho, yede mpaebo betwe aba.” We partner with God to bring down the heavenlies to replace the dying, decaying and negative gradient of this life.

Thus, the resurrection power is available to flow; all God needs is AN INTERCESSOR – a leader who will get the people ready – pray for them, teach them the Word, visit them, call them to prayer meetings, etc. … and THE POWER WILL FALL.

May the Holy Spirit grant us continuing grace to be consistent in His hands as “Equipping hands of the Church” as He, THE EQUIPPER, does His work of equipping the church.

“…So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, TO EQUIP HIS PEOPLE for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up” (Ephesians 4:11-12, caps mine).

By Apostle Seth Kwame Fianko-Larbi (Kenya National Head, The Church of Pentecost)

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General Secretary Cuts Sod For 10-Acre Irrigation Farmland Project

The General Secretary of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, has cut sod for the commencement of a 10-acre solar-powered irrigation farmland project of the church at Ankpaliga, a farming community near Zebila in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region.

The project, which is being initiated through the Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS), is aimed at providing sustained livelihoods for the youth in the Ankpaliga community and surrounding towns.

It is the hope of leadership that through this project young people in the northern part of the country would no longer migrate to the south in search of greener pastures.

The brief ceremony took place on Thursday, June 24, 2021, during the General Secretary’s duty trip to the region. Present at the ceremony were Apostle Sylvester Arhin (Tamale Area Head and Executive Council Member), Apostle Wilberforce Nkrumah Agyemang (Bolgatanga Area Head), Apostle Eric Boateng (Bawku Area Head), Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye (Sawla 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. The Chief of Ankpaliga, Naba Annane Abudu, was also present to witness the official commencement of the project.

During the dry season, a majority of the youth are compelled to travel to the south due to the high levels of unemployment especially during the prolonged dry season in the Northern Regions. 

To help provide the youth with sustainable economic livelihoods, the church has acquired a 10-acre land for irrigation farming. The main crops that would be cultivated on the farm all year round are onions, cabbage, carrots, and pepper. The youth in the community would also have access to the irrigated land to farm the crops, especially during the dry season. 

As part of this intervention, the church, in collaboration with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), would provide extension services to the farmers. They would also receive training on climate-smart farming practices. 

For the project to achieve its intended goal, a deep borehole has been drilled with a yield of 100 litres per minute to supply water to the farms through drip irrigation.

The project, when completed, would directly employ about 120 young people and their families in the church and provide indirect jobs to over 300 people in the various crop value chains.

The project is estimated at a total cost of GH¢150,000.00 and is expected to be completed in October 2021.

According to the PENTSOS Director, the church intends to replicate the project in other parts of the country. “We hope that after this project, we would gain some positive as well as negative lessons to guide similar projects we would undertake in other parts of the country,” he said.

Expressing his gratitude to the church, Naba Annane Abudu admitted that his community is challenged with youth unemployment resulting from the long dry season forcing most young people to go south for better opportunities.

He was confident that the project would give the youth a reason to stay and work in the community since they can now farm all year round regardless of the climatic conditions.

“I want to assure The Church of Pentecost that you would not regret this great investment that you are making in our people through this project,” he said.

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Chairman Visits PENSEC-Kumasi

The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, on Friday, June 18, 2021, paid a visit to the Pentecost Senior High School (PENSEC) located at Bremang in the Ashanti Region as part of his two-week working visit to the churches in Greater Kumasi. 

The Headmaster, Elder Albert Mensah, led the Chairman to inspect works on the ongoing Girls’ Dormitory Block project funded by the General Headquarters of the church. He also inspected an art exhibition by the Visual Arts Department of the School. 

In his address, the headmaster revealed that the school started in 2006 as a private school. It was, however, absorbed in 2017 by the government of Ghana under the Free SHS policy. As a result, the school currently has a student population of 1,700 with 80 teaching and 16 non-teaching staff.

Mr. Mensah said that PENSEC was ranked the 10th best performing Senior High School in the Ashanti Region in the 2020 West African Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

He also expressed hope that by 2022 the school would have attained a boarding-house status.

Addressing staff and students of the school, Apostle Eric Nyamekye disclosed that when he was an Executive Council member and Area Head for Koforidua in 2017, he strongly advocated for the church to partner with the government in managing the Pentecost Senior High Schools which was dwindling in student enrolment at that time. He was thankful to God for the fruits of the collaboration the church had with the government. He added that PENSEC is part of the ‘possessing the nations’ agenda of the church. This is because, as students undergo training in school, they are expected to become agents of transformation wherever they find themselves.

The Chairman encouraged the teaching staff to exert much effort in their work to make PENSEC-Kumasi a ‘Grade A’ school, stressing that the greatness of the schools largely depends on the teachers. He also encouraged every teacher to have an attitudinal change by focusing on the future and not just the now (present situation).  

To the students, he said that “life can be meaningful depending on how you do it.” He also advised them to take their assignments seriously, make good use of time spent on campus and avoid bad friends. “In this way, you will become proud when you receive your WASSCE results in the end,” he added. 

Apostle Nyamekye was accompanied by Apostle Prof. Kwabena Agyapong-Kodua (Vice-Chancellor, Pentecost University), Apostle Samuel Antwi (New Tafo Area Head) and the New Tafo area pastorate.

Report by Franklin Kumi Lartey (PENSA TS, Asokwa Sector)

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Tarkwa Area Dedicates Baptistery For Ghana Prisons Service

The Tarkwa Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Dr. Daniel Okyere Walker, on Thursday, January 28, 2021, dedicated a baptistery worth more than GH¢ 10,000.00 at the Tarkwa Prisons.

The project, financed by the Tarkwa Area Deacon of the church, Elder John Arthur, and his wife Jane, also saw the painting of the entire prison’s facility.

In an interview with Pentecost News, the Tarkwa Area Prisons Committee Chairman, Pastor Charles Owusu Mpiani, indicated that the baptistery was a needed tool for promoting the church’s evangelistic activities in the prisons since it will provide a readily available place to baptise inmates who give their lives to Jesus Christ.

Apostle Dr. Walker assured the authorities of the church’s continued support towards the upkeep of the inmates and the Ghana Prisons Service.

The Officer-In-Charge (OIC) of the Tarkwa Prisons, Kwaku Ababio Ali, on behalf of the Ghana Prisons Service and the inmates, expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the leadership of The Church of Pentecost and the financiers, Elder John and Mrs. Jane Arthur for the gesture.

As part of the commissioning ceremony, the Area also presented assorted items worth over GH¢ 2,000.00 to the Prisons.

The items included tissue papers, liquid soaps, toiletries, cartoons of bottled water, detergents, among several others.

The dedication of the baptistry and the donation were done at the sidelines of the 2021 Western Regional Ministers and Wives’ Conference which took place at the E. K. Kyei Memorial Temple, Tarkwa.

Present to assist Apostle Dr. Walker, who is an Executive Council Member and Chairman of the Western Regional Coordinating Committee, were the Area Heads from the Western and Western North regions.

They are Apostle Joseph Kwame Assabil (Takoradi Area Head), Apostle Daniel Kodjoe Sey (Sekondi Area Head), Apostle Emmanuel Kwasi Osei Ofosu (Sefwi Bekwai Area Head), Apostle Philip Osei Korsah (Axim Area Head), Apostle Robert Kwabena Andoh (Essam-Debiso Area) and their wives.

Report by Pastor Ernest Perbi-Asare.

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Eastern Regional Ministers & Wives’ Conference Takes Off

This Ministers and Wives’ Conference of The Church of Pentecost took off as scheduled in the Eastern Region on Monday, January 25, at the Central Tabernacle, Koforidua. All nine Area Heads of the church in the region, together with the pastorate and their spouses, arrived at the event venue with ecstasy and a strong desire to seek the face of God.

In his opening address, the Chairman of the Eastern Regional Coordinating Committee (ERCC) of the church, Apostle Samuel Osei Asante, said the year 2020 would go down as one of the most challenging years in history. He noted the huge number of COVID-19 cases recorded globally so far and its devastating effects on the world economy, livelihoods, and church life. 

He said despite the negative impact of the pandemic, the church has experienced significant growth through the use of media and technology. “Thanks to the virus, the leadership of the church and membership have become more conversant with Social Media,” he explained.

According to him, the spate of the coronavirus led The Church of Pentecost to explore new ways of doing things. For instance, for the first time, The Church of Pentecost organised its first-ever online Council Meeting and adopted an electronic voting process.

He further noted that the impact of the pandemic also caused the church to organise the Heads’ Meeting virtually at the regional levels; and has now necessitated the organisation of the annual Ministers and Wives’ Conference at regional levels. 

Touching on the rationale behind the church’s theme for the year 2021, ”A Glorious Church Revived to Possess the Nations,” he noted that, after prayerful consideration, the leadership of the church decided to repeat the 2020 theme and has only introduced the word “Revived.” In view of this, the various aspects (topics) of the theme such as “That There May Be Glory In The Church,” “The Church Called To Holy Living,” and “The Power and Beauty of Christian Fellowship,” among others, would be treated again with the aim of sparking a revival in the church.

He reiterated the words of the Psalmist; “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” (Psalm 85:6) and prayed that these words would ring deep in the hearts of ministers and their wives and cause a mighty revival in the church.

He also encouraged participants to take active part in the conference and avail themselves for the mighty move of the Lord amongst them, after which he officially the declared the event opened on behalf of the Chairman of the church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye.

After the presentation, Apostle Isaac Ekow Eshun of the Asamankese Area led the house through a Spirit-inspired session of fervent prayer during which the presence of God was mightily felt.

A deep hunger for a long-lasting revival was stirred up in the hearts of participants at the opening session – a clear indication of the strong wind of revival expected in the coming days.

Report by ERCC Media Team

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Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah Now President Of The Bible Society Of Ghana

The immediate past Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, has been inducted as the President of the Bible Society of Ghana, with Madam Matilda Amissah-Arthur (former 2nd Lady of the Republic of Ghana) and Mrs. Florence Hutchful as Vice Presidents.

Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah took over from Rev. Dr. Joyce Aryee of the Salt and Light Ministries.

His induction service took place during the Society’s 2020 Annual General Meeting held at the Evangel Assemblies of God Church at Adabraka, Accra, on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

According to the General Secretary of the Bible Society of Ghana, Rev. Dr. Enock Aryee-Atta, Apostle Prof. Onyinah was elected by the Council of the Society through physical and virtual elections.

In his remarks, Apostle Prof. Onyinah thanked members of the Society for the confidence reposed in him and called for their continued support for its activities. “Beloved, it is indeed humbling to serve you as president and I pray that you continue to support the Society so that it will be a beacon of God’s glory to all people,” he said.

Prior to his induction, The Church of Pentecost in a letter signed by Apostle David Tettey Tekper, Executive Council Member and Chairman of the Greater Accra Regional Coordinating Committee, on behalf of Chairman of the Church, Eric Nyamekye, congratulated the Apostle Prof. Onyinah on his new position.

On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of Pentecost University, Apostle Dr. Daniel Walker, congratulated Apostle Prof. Onyinah on assuming the new position. “We as a University and Church are proud to associate with Prof Onyinah and the new mandate God has bestowed on him. We wish him the best,” he stated.

Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah is the immediate past Chancellor of the Pentecost University and President of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC).

He served as a full-time minister of the Church for 42 years during which he held many high-profile positions. Notable among them were International Missions Director, Rector of Pentecost University College between 2003 and 2008, and Chairman of the Church from 2008 to 2018.

Currently, he is a lecturer at the School of Theology, Mission and Leadership of Pentecost University.

Report by PENTVARS PR.