Management and Staff of The Church of Pentecost General Headquarters at La, Accra last Friday [October 16, 2020] had the opportunity to share farewell fellowship with reviewed directors who were on their way out of the Head Office after serving for various periods at the place.
The reviewed directors are: Apostle Fred Tiakor (Director, Children’s Ministry), Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu (Director, Pentecost Men’s Ministry – PEMEM), Pastor Dr. Nicholas Darko (Finance and Administration Director – FAD), and Mrs. Grace Lucy Yeboah-Asuama (Director, Women’s Ministry).
The FAD, Pastor Dr. Nicholas Darko, served in his position for 27 years; the outgone Children’s and Women’s Directors, Apostle Fred Tiakor and Mrs. Grace Lucy Yeboah-Asuama also served for 10 years respectively, while the PEMEM Director, Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu, served for four years.
They were grateful to God for the opportunity to serve at the Head Office and seeing them through their periods of service. They also expressed their profound appreciation to the leadership of the Church for the confidence reposed in them and appointing them to serve in their respective positions. They were grateful to the staff for the quality relationship and the support they have enjoyed from them over the period.
Mrs. Grace Lucy Yeboah-Asuama (Women’s Ministry Director, 2012-2020)
In her validatory message, she quoted 2 Corinthians 8:21, “For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man,” and advised the staff to aspire to be honourable not only in the sight of God but before all persons by exhibiting integrity in all their dealings. She entreated them to ensure that their lifestyles exhibit the Kingdom’s values and principles.
Also referring to Matthew 25: 14-28, she stated that since the Headquarters is a Christian organisation, it belongs to God, therefore, the staff should see themselves as stewards. As stewards, she said, they should not import some of the bad practices in the Civil Service such as poor attitude towards work, etc. to the Headquarters.
“Whatever we do now we should never forget that there is eternity. Therefore, let’s leave a good mark wherever you go,” she stressed.
Apostle Fred Tiakor (Children’s Director, 2012-2020)
Reading from Revelation 3:11, “I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown,” he advised the staff to cherish the grace of God and the opportunity to work at the Head Office.
“Some people think that those of us working at the Head Office are next to God. That is why people pay money to come for excursions here. Therefore, hold on fast what you have,” he said.
According to Apostle Tiakor, what helps Christians to preserve their great heritage is by constant devotion. He, therefore, advised the staff to intensify their personal devotional lives.
Apostle Emmanuel Ofei Ankra-Badu (PEMEM Director, 2016-2020)
He advised the staff not to shun away from sacrifice, since sacrifice is key in reaching one’s potentials.
Reading from Mark 10:17-22 [Jesus’ encounter with the rich young man], he said that the young man had the enthusiasm to follow Christ but was not ready to sacrifice what Christ commanded him to give out, saying, “Enthusiasm is not an indication of commitment; you need sacrifice.”
Apostle Ankra-Badu stated that working at the Headquarters is like following Jesus Christ, and the first thing one needs is the spirit of sacrifice.
“As a Head Office worker, know why this Church exists and the vision of the Church and the role you can play to help fulfill that vision.
“Your sacrifice must be quality – quality as measured by God. Do it not because you want to be paid, but doing it unto God. Know that the successes today are the sacrifice someone made yesterday,” he emphasised.
Pastor Dr. Nicholas Darko (Finance and Administration Director – FAD, 2001-2020)
He shared some lessons he had learned at the Office. He said that they are good values that guided him in his work and worth emulating as workers.