Thursday, January 10, 2023, was a joyous moment for the members of the Ebukrom District in the Cape Coast Area of The Church of Pentecost as they witnessed the dedication of their Central Assembly auditorium.
The building was dedicated by the Cape Coast Area Head, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi, who doubles as the Coordinator of the Central Regional Coordinating Committee (CRCC).
Giving a brief history of the building at the dedication ceremony, Elder Raymond Awortwe, the Ebukrom District Secretary, said a team, comprising ten males and five females, arrived in Ebukrom from Kaneshie No.1 Assembly under the leadership of Deacon Anthony E.K. Ekuban (now Apostle and retired).
After evangelising for two weeks, 15 souls were won and baptised in water to begin the church in 1983. The increase in membership in 2014 birthed the creation of Ebukrom District. They first fellowshiped in a primary school classroom, moved to a mud house, and now have a dedicated auditorium with a 600-seat capacity.
Pastor Joseph Amesinu, the then District Minister, with the help of the leaders of the Assembly, acquired four plots of land in 2016, after which sod was cut by Apostle David Tekper (now Retired), the then Cape Coast Area Head. When Apostle Samuel Y. Antwi assumed office as Area Head, he continued to support the district with varied grants and support till completion.
Delivering a sermon on the topic: “Offer Yourself as a Living Stone in Building the Temple of God’ at the ceremony with 1 Peter 2: 4-5 as the anchor text, Apostle Samuel Yaw Antwi encouraged the members to know they are children of God once they come to Christ.
He mentioned that Jesus has broken the wall of hostility; therefore, the church must see itself as a member of Christ’s household.
‘It doesn’t matter your tribe or where you come from; there must not be any division among us,’ he said.
The Cape Coast Area Head further stated that the Spirit of God does not live in temples but in humans; hence, whenever Christians meet in the temple, God becomes present among them.
Using the scenarios of rocks and blocks, he mentioned that stones appear in different patterns, while concrete blocks have the same shape or pattern.
He explained that humankind is different, but the most important thing is for Christians to offer themselves to God to be built into a spiritual church while demonstrating the fruit of love.
According to him, in building a strong church, there must be a sense of holiness and oneness in marriage and every area of one’s life, quoting from 2 Timothy 1:2.
He admonished the members to show good behaviours in their spheres and take up positions of influence in the communities, citing 1 Peter 2:15.
Apostle Antwi concluded his message from Matthew 5:14-16, encouraging the members to let their light shine for all to see.
In a brief remark, Pastor John Aturi Inusah, the Ebukrom District Minister, expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the Church, the Area Head, Apostles Mike Etrue, David Tekper (Rtd.), and the entire membership for their diverse contributions in grants and kind towards the construction and completion of the church building.
In attendance were Mrs. Margaret Serwaa Antwi (Wife of the Cape Coast Area Head), the Cape Coast Area pastorate and their wives, Abusuapanyin Paul K. Sam of Ebukrom, Okyeame Kwabena Adu, Nana Obaatan Okumanyin (Chief of Brofoyedu), Pastor Prince Opoku (The Apostolic Church-Ghana, Ebukrom), and Pastor Samuel Mekpe (African Faith Church, Ebukrom).
Report by Cape Coast Area Media Ministry