Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Atomic, emerged as the overall winners of the inaugural Area Quiz Competition organized by the Virtuous Ladies wing of the Haatso Area Women’s Ministry of the Church.
The quiz, contested by all 11 districts in the area, took place on December 3, 2023, at the James McKeown Temple, Libya Quarters District. It focused on the books of Daniel and Ephesians, as well as Church history and current affairs, with three contestants representing each district.
The competition comprised three parts (Part 1, 2, and 3). Throughout the contest, some districts were eliminated, and three districts—Libya Quarters, Pantang, and PIWC Atomic—advanced to the final round.
In the final round, PIWC Atomic emerged victorious with 23 points, Pantang District secured the second position with 22 points, and Libya Quarters District claimed the third position with 21 points.
Certificates and awards were presented to all contestants for their respective districts. The winners, first runners-up, and second runners-up received gold, silver, and bronze medals, respectively, in addition to their prizes.
The competition proved to be highly educational, inspiring, and informative.
Notable figures present at the event included Pastor Paul Komi Adzigbli (Libya Quarters District Minister and Haatso Area Secretary) and his wife, Mrs. Judith Adzigbli, as well as Elder Peter Terkper (Haatso Area Deacon) and Deaconess Charlotte Konadu Amegatcher (Haatso Area Women’s Ministry Leader).
Also in attendance were Deaconess Mary Tobbin Osei (Haatso Area Virtuous Ladies Coordinator) and a cross-section of ministers’ wives, District Women’s Ministry leaders, and District Virtuous Ladies coordinators, among others.
Report by Abigail Buaku Jacobson (Libya Quarters District)
The Dansoman Area Women’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost made a significant donation to the Motherly Love Orphanage Home located at Kwabenya in Accra.
The donation included a chest-deep freezer (600Ltrs) to aid food storage in the home, two 43-inch flat-screen television sets, clothing, foodstuff, bags of rice, and sanitary items.
The items were presented during a visit to the Orphanage on Friday, December 1, 2023, observed as National Farmers’ Day.
The Church delegation, comprising Mrs. Rebecca Sey (Wife of the Dansoman Area Head), Deaconess Priscilla Ekpale (Area Women’s Ministry Leader), and the Executive Committee members of the ministry, was led by Apostle Daniel K. Sey (Area Head).
The team also included Elder Samuel Ansong (Area Deacon), and his wife, Deaconess Dr. Georgina Ansong, a cross-section of ministers’ wives in the Area, and some District Women’s Ministry leaders.
They were warmly received by the proprietor of the home, Rev. Azumah, and some of the inmates (children) of the Orphanage.
During an interaction with the delegation, Rev. Azumah gave a brief overview of the history and operations of the Orphanage, mainly consisting of the working staff and the children.
The children, visibly excited by the visit, took turns introducing themselves to the team, after which they thrilled their guests with some Children’s Ministry action songs.
In a brief word of encouragement, Apostle Daniel Sey advised the children to cherish the love in Jesus, saying, “If there’s no love for you anywhere, there’s one for you in Jesus.”
Apostle Sey, contrasting the love shown by the world and that of our Lord Jesus Christ, revealed that the love of Jesus is not selective but for all who may have been rejected elsewhere and look like castaways.
In his concluding remarks, the Dansoman Area Head charged them to stay connected to the vision and mission of the Orphanage, read their Bibles, pray daily, and show the love of Christ to their peers, all under the divine covering of the Lord.
Apostle Sey led the team in prayer for the staff and inmates of the home; then, he presented the items to the Orphanage on behalf of the delegation.
Receiving the items, the proprietor of the home thanked the Dansoman Area Women’s Ministry for benevolently considering them among the numerous orphanages in Accra.
Speaking to PENTECOST NEWS, Deaconess Priscilla Ekpale said, “The day, which was a celebration of Ghanaian Farmers, also doubled as World AIDS Day and seemed to be the best time to reach out, particularly to children in an orphanage home whose lives mainly depended on donations made by individuals, groups, and corporate organisations.”
She was, therefore, very hopeful that the donation would go a long way to aid the upkeep of the children at the Orphanage.
The Yendi Area Women’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost organised its maiden skills training and personal development programme, dubbed “ABEDENARS Conference,” from November 16 to 18, 2023, at the Yendi Central Assembly church auditorium.
The three-day residential retreat was under the theme: “Repositioning Ladies with Skills Set, for Maximum Impact in the Local Church” (Titus 2:7-8, Prov 31:13) and was targeted at virtuous ladies aged 13 to 35.
The programme was modeled after the ABIDEDOES Conference organised earlier this year by the ministry at the national level.
The highly successful maiden conference drew over 300 women from the thirty-two districts of the Area.
Participants were taken through liquid and bar soap making, brown sugar, body powder preparation, and wig cap fixing.
Some of the personal development and social growth topics treated include Manners and Etiquettes, Having a Winning Attitude, and Handling Courtship and Dating in a Godly Way.
Additionally, a medical doctor took participants through mental health and breast cancer education.
Participants were also taken through financial management training to educate them on simple bookkeeping skills.
The resource persons who took participants through the several training sessions were Pastor John Essah (Area Youth Ministry Leader), Deaconess Patricia Aggor (Area Women’s Ministry Leader), Deaconess Sarah Adomako Bonsu (Assistant Leader), Mrs. Getrude Napari, Dr. Harvoh, and Elder Morgan Aggor (Area Deacon).
Report by Pastor Martin Ossom Boafo (Area Reporter)
The Akotokyir District Women’s Ministry in the Cape Coast Area of The Church of Pentecost has donated items worth GHS 8,000.00 to the Ankaful Psychiatric Hospital.
The donation was made on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, during a visit to the hospital.
The women’s delegation was led by Mrs. Eunice Mensah (Wife of the Akotokyir District Minister), Mrs. Eunice Akonnor (Wife of the PENSA-UCC Campus Pastor), and Deaconess Mrs. Rita Mbir Bryant (District Women’s Ministry Leader).
During the visit, the team prayed with the patients and presented the items to officials of the facility.
The items were received by Grace Korkor Tetteh (Ag. Deputy Chief Nursing Officer I/C and Senior Midwifery Officer), and some senior nursing officers, namely, Judith Akpetey, Sarah Obuobi, and Biney Ampah Gifty.
Also in attendance were the Women’s Ministry leaders of the local assemblies.
The Church of Pentecost on Monday, October 23, 2023, presented huge relief items worth several thousands of Ghana cedis to support flood victims at Mepe and Battor and adjoining communities in the North Tongu District of the Volta Region affected by the spillage of the Akosombo Dam.
Led by the church’s Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, the General Secretary, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi, and other senior ministers and officials, a truckload of relief items was presented to the displaced people.
The items included several bags of rice, gari, sachet water, sugar, mattresses, blankets, cooking oil, soaps, toilet rolls, mosquito nets, beverages, sanitary pads, and many more.
Addressing some victims at the Battor Central Assembly of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Nyamekye assured them of the church’s support in these difficult moments.
Describing the whole incident as a national disaster, Apostle Nyamekye thanked God for securing the lives of the people, as no casualty has been recorded so far.
Quoting from Ecclesiastics 9:12 (Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so people are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them), the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) National President encouraged the people to remain strong and rely on God, since He can turn their unfortunate situation into something good.
“Sometimes we don’t really know what will happen to us tomorrow. Let us strengthen ourselves and look into the future, which is very bright. The flood has come, and we can do nothing about it. Our houses and livelihoods have all been submerged. We can only cry to God to bring relief and a better future,” he said.
He added: “The world and its entirety is temporal. Life and its entirety is short, so situations and events that happen on Earth are temporary. Yesterday, it was COVID, but today it’s no more. Today, it’s flooding, but tomorrow, floods will be no more.
“So we have come today to manage this temporary situation. We cannot close our eyes on you because it affects the entire church when something happens to the people. Together, we can manage this flood situation and get out of it stronger,” he indicated.
Apostle Eric Nyamekye thanked the Volta Regional Coordinating Committee (Volta RCC) of the church, led by the Ho Area Head, Apostle Dr Dela Quampah, and the Sogakope Area Head, Pastor Godwin Coffie Adzahlie, and other Area Heads and pastors in the region for effectively managing the situation.
Upon further assessing the impact of the disaster, the Chairman promised to bring the victims an additional 100 bags of rice and other relief items.
At the same time, the Women’s Ministry Director, Mrs Philomina Mireku, who was part of the delegation, hinted that her ministry was mobilising relief items across the country to alleviate the victims’ plights.
The General Secretary, Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi, said the coming of the church’s leadership to the affected communities showed the church has love for the people and was concerned about their plights.
According to the Sogakope Area Head, Pastor Godwin Coffie Adzahlie, many church buildings, mission houses, residences of church members, farmlands, and livelihoods have been affected by the floods. At the same time, thousands have been displaced and sheltered in temporal structures.
Later, the Volta RCC Coordinator, Apostle Dr Dela Quampah, and the Sogakope Area Head, Pastor Adzahlie, led the General Secretary, Apostle Obuobi, and his team, riding on a boat, to visit some of the affected places, including the Mepe District Mission House and Central Assembly church buildings which were all submerged in water.
Apostle Gyau Obuobi called on the chief of Mepe and his traditional council to commiserate with them. He also interacted with the North Tongu District Chief Executive (DCE), Hon. Osborn K. Divine Fenu, at the District Assembly.
The Director of the Women’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost, Deaconess Philomina Mireku, and her deputy, Deaconess Vivian Amfo, paid a working visit to the Ho Area of the church from October 9-11, 2023. Their arrival was met with a warm and grand reception organised by the Anum-Asikuma Zone of the Area at Anum-Asikuma Central Assembly Auditorium on Monday, October 9, 2023.
In her opening address, the Women’s Ministry Director reminded all women that the vision of the ministry was to contribute substantially to the Church’s Vision 2023 by equipping all women and ladies within the church to exemplify Christ-like character, engage in evangelism, and provide dedicated service.
Stressing the importance of repositioning the ministry, she stated the need to assess past efforts to bring people to Christ. She underscored the urgency of repositioning, characterising it as a wake-up call. Deaconess Mireku asserted that achieving favourable outcomes would necessitate a complete departure from outdated methods and processes. She thus emphasised the importance of character development as a critical aspect to focus on to realise Vision 2028.
Later on Tuesday, the director and her deputy met with all ministers’ wives, deaconesses, wives of officers, district and local Women’s Ministry executives. She emphasised the importance of collaboration in moving the ministry and the church forward.
She also met with all the women in the districts within the Ho Municipality in the evening. Delivering the sermon with reference to Romans 12:18, Deaconess Philomina Mireku asserted that Christian women were expected to positively influence their communities, starting with their own homes, local markets, and social circles. She, however, lamented that sometimes, the behaviour of one woman towards another could lead to people backsliding in their faith. She, therefore, called on women to embody a Christ-like character, believing that such a transformation would encourage the return of backsliders and bring new life to many marriages.
The Ho Area Head and Executive Council Member of the church, Apostle Dr Dela Quampah, expressed his excitement and appreciation to the leadership of the Women’s Ministry for the historic visit.
On the last day of their visit, the team met with all the women in the Kpetoe Zone, which comprises Kpetoe, Ziope, Akpokope and Adaklu Waya districts, at Kpetoe Central Chapel.
Speaking at the event, Deaconess Vivian Amfo, the Deputy Director, encouraged the women to be steadfast in prayer and be exemplary mothers, wives, and daughters just like the “Proverbs 31 Woman.”
She encouraged the young ladies to eschew laziness and immoral behaviour to achieve the purpose of God for their lives. She also encouraged parents and the church to invest in the development of the girlchild by paying attention to their personal devotions, conduct, dressing and commitment to church activities.
The Women’s Ministry Director and her deputy were accompanied by Mrs Comfort Quampah, the wife of the Ho Area Head and National Executive Committee (NEC) member of the Women’s Ministry; Deaconess Fidelia Ametefe (Area Leader) and the entire Area Executive Committee members, throughout their visitations to the various zones in the area. The Ho Area pastorate was also present to grace the occasions, which was a delight to the National Director.
The visit of Deaconess Philomina Mireku and Deaconess Vivian Amfo to the Ho Area of The Church of Pentecost was a significant event that stirred the hearts of all in attendance, inspiring a renewed commitment to reposition the local church and empower Christian women to make a lasting impact on the nation.
The District Women’s Ministry of the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Tesano, in collaboration with the Schools Outreach Ministry, has donated textbooks, sanitary towels, toiletries and stationaries, worth GHS40,000.00 to the Tesano Cluster of Schools as part of the celebration of the International Day of the Girl-Child.
This year’s celebration was on the theme, “Invest in Girls’ Right: Our Leadership, Our Well-being.”
The Women’s Ministry thanked Elder Michael Nyarko of the Nii Okaiman District of the church and CEO of Mikels Grace Company Ltd., who collaborated with the ministry to donate the items to the students.
Mrs Grace Eghan (wife of the Resident Minister of PIWC Tesano), the District Women’s Ministry leadership, Schools Outreach Ministry leaders and some church members were present at the outreach.
In celebrating and observing the Day, all female students in the Junior High School department were engaged and educated on personal care and breast cancer, empowered with the word of God, and encouraged to uphold godly values wherever they may find themselves.
The Nursery, Kindergarten, and Primary pupils were also given textbooks and other stationery.
The heads of the schools and the entire teaching staff who were very much involved in the programme were so enthused by the gesture by the church.
The Women’s Ministry leadership expressed gratitude to God for the impact and marvellous things He has done through the ministry.
The Barekese District Women’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost has presented sanitary towels, exercise books, and pens to over 350 students at Barekese Methodist Junior High School in commemoration of this year’s International Day of the Girl Child.
Speaking at the brief presentation ceremony with Philippians 4:13 as her scripture reference, Mrs. Grace Kyei Boate, wife of the District Minister, encouraged the young girls to believe that they can do all things and become all things through Christ.
She, therefore, urged them to strive to be the best in their societies.
Mrs. Boate also advised the students to turn to God to discover their life’s purpose and strive to always do the right thing.
Receiving the items on behalf of the students, the Headmistress of the school was full of praise to God for the surprise visit by the Women’s Ministry.
She thanked the Church on behalf of the students and called for more of such support.
The event had in attendance the leadership and some members of the District Women’s Ministry.
Mrs. Mary Nana Aba Mensah, the wife of the Resident Minister for the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Atomic, has advised single young ladies to be circumspect in choosing their life partners.
Speaking in a presentation titled “Dating Without Dying” at the ongoing “ABIDEDOES Conference” organised by the Women’s Ministry of The Church Of Pentecost, Mrs. Aba Mensah explained that modern dating often carries worldly connotations, driven by motives such as pleasure, financial gain, family pressure, or the pursuit of physical satisfaction.
She cautioned, however, that embracing the world’s perspective on dating can lead to bitterness, unforgiveness, depression, and even jeopardize one’s physical health with the risk of sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Additionally, she pointed out that such relationships often fail to culminate in lasting marriages.
Using Proverbs 6, Romans 12:2, and Proverbs 25:25 as scripture references; she emphasized that dating stands distinct from both a proposal and marriage.
The importance of personal boundaries was underscored, with Mrs. Mensah emphasising that boundaries are like protective walls for individuals and maintaining these boundaries is essential for emotional and spiritual well-being.
Mrs. Mensah encouraged individuals not to develop a sense of entitlement or ownership in the dating process, advocating for humility and mutual respect.
She also stressed that dating within a Christian circle can foster spiritual growth and ensure alignment of values.
She, however, advised single ladies to evaluate a potential partner’s circle of friends and their faith as a vital step in the process.
Mrs. Mensah advised beginning with group dating rather than immediately entering an exclusive relationship.
“This approach allows individuals to study the character and values of their potential partners from a distance before becoming more intimately involved”, she further explained.
She encouraged individuals to be themselves, not pretending or compromising their standards to impress someone.
Mrs. Mensah highlighted the importance of maintaining one’s values and integrity throughout the dating journey.
“When considering a potential partner, focus on spiritual attributes such as the fruits of the Spirit and doctrinal alignment, rather than being solely swayed by physical appearances”, she said.
The PIWC-Atomic Resident Minister’s wife advised against becoming overly emotionally involved during the dating phase, emphasising the importance of saving the deeper emotional connections for marriage.
Concluding her presentation, Mrs. Mensah urged individuals to find joy in their relationship with God, stressing that delighting in the Lord will lead to the fulfillment of desires from a place of spiritual strength and contentment.
Mrs. Mary Nyamekye, the wife of the Chairman of The Church, of Pentecost, has advised young women to navigate life with purpose and integrity, highlighting the importance of empowerment, choices, and personal growth.
She gave this advice yesterday at the ongoing “ABIDEDOES Conference” being organised by the Women’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost.
Addressing the active nature of young women in various pursuits, Mrs. Nyamekye commended their strength and enthusiasm.
She encouraged them to take advantage of their youth, a season characterised by energy, freedom, and opportunitie, for learning and personal development.
Basing her presentation on Proverbs 31:13, she highlighted the importance of creativity and skill development, empowering oneself to become proficient in various aspects of life.
Drawing from Proverbs 31:25, Mrs. Nyamekye emphasised that empowered women find satisfaction in their skills and are filled with joy.
She explained that empowerment includes having the right and power to control one’s life, make choices, and influence positive social change.
“Such empowerment leads to a smoother life journey and instills boldness”, she added.
Speaking on the issue of choices, Mrs. Nyamekye encouraged participants to seek divine guidance when faced with challenging decisions.
She stressed that being directed by God ensures the right to make informed choices and the ability to influence change positively.
The wife of the Chairman also highlighted the importance of investing in oneself, which includes acquiring new skills, maintaining diligence, and nurturing big dreams.
She reminded participants that God has uniquely gifted them and that it is their responsibility to utilize those talents effectively.
Referencing 1 Timothy 4:12-16, Mrs. Nyamekye underscored the significance of being exemplary in character and faith.
She urged young women not to let others look down on them but to stand firm in their Christian devotion, setting a positive example in all areas of life.
Mrs. Nyamekye stressed the importance of integrity, honesty, and respect in personal conduct and interactions with others.
She advised participants to maintain good personal hygiene, including regular bathing and cleanliness.
Mrs. Nyamekye encouraged young women to learn how to cook, maintain a positive work attitude, and be punctual.
She stressed the importance of discipline, setting goals, and rising early to ensure productivity and personal growth.
Concluding her presentation, Mrs. Nyamekye advised young women to seek mentorship from experienced women in the Church, particularly their ‘mothers’, for guidance in various aspects of life, including marriage preparation.