Apostle Phillip Osei-Korsah, who heads the Counselling Ministry of The Church of Pentecost, broke down in uncontrollable tears as he filed past the remains of his beloved late wife, Hannah.
Mrs. Hannah Osei-Korsah, 48, whose sudden home call on October 31, 2022 left a bad taste in the mouth of relatives and friends, was laid to rest today after a memorial service was held in her honour at the Akweteyman school park.
The memorial service, which drew a mammoth gathering of mourners, was officiated by the General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, with the help of other Executive Council Members, namely; Apostle Emmanuel Agyemang-Bekoe (International Missions Director), Apostle Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng (Bompata Area Head), Apostle Dr. Daniel Walker (Tarkwa Area Head), and Apostle Dr. Dela Quampah (Ho Area Head).
The others were Apostle S. Y. Antwi (Cape Coast Area Head), Apostle Mike Etrue (Koforidua Area Head) and Prophet David Kankam (Ashaiman Area Head).
In a touching tribute to his late spouse, Apostle Osei-Korsah described Mrs. Hannah Osei-Korsah as a loving wife, Christian mother and a great counsellor.
He also praised her for playing an instrumental role in his life and ministry since their marital union 22 years ago and call into full-time ministry for the past 20 years.
“Death has laid its icy hands on my beloved Hannah. I loved and cherished her, but God loves her best. Heaven is our home, that is the summary of our ministry. If she has gotten there, then I am happy for her,” he said.
The children, describing their mother as “a sister and friend,” touted her exceptional home management abilities, generosity and hardworking nature, and thanked her for making a positive impact in their lives.
“We know she is resting in the Lord’s bosom, reuniting with her mom and dad. We know she is happy where she is and that is our hope and joy,” the tribute read.
The General Council also commiserated with the bereaved families, particularly the widower and their five children, in a tribute read at the event by Apostle Dr. Daniel Walker.
The Church commended the late minister’s wife for her hard work and dedication to the work of ministry.
“Undoubtedly, The Church of Pentecost has lost a virtuous woman who has made a mark in ministry, even in a relatively short period,” the tribute read.
Until her passing, Mrs. Hannah Osei-Korsah, a professionally trained teacher, served as the Headteacher of the Apewosika M/A Basic school in the Axim South Circuit in the Western Region of Ghana.
Some officials of the Nzema East Municipal Education Directorate of the Ghana Education Service, therefore, graced the event to pay their respect to their departed colleague.
They eulogised Mrs. Osei-Korsah for her tremendous contribution to the Apewosika school, in particular, and the Directorate during her four-year stay in Axim (2018 to 2022).
In contrast to the sorrowful scenes that characterised the beginning of the service, the gathering launched into a time of spontaneous praise, singing songs of the resurrection, after the outpouring of tributes.
This was followed by an encouraging sermon titled “God Meant It For Good” by Prophet David Kankam Beditor based on Genesis 50:19-21.
Interspersing his sermon with humour, Prophet Kankam advised Christians not to question God’s intentions in times of great misfortune.
He urged them to always be resolute in faith and trust that God works all things for the benefit of His people.
The Ashaiman Area Head also noted that, for Christian who await the hope of the resurrection in Christ Jesus, death is only rest from the painful toil of this world.
He, therefore, called on all those who are yet to accept Christ as their Lord and personal Saviour to surrender their lives to Him so that they would also enjoy eternal life in Him.
Present at the event were a host of ministers of the Church comprising national heads, area heads and district pastors, as well as officers, church members and other sympathisers.