The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost has expressed his admiration for the outgoing General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, describing him as a selfless man.
“Over the years, the Lord has blessed The Church of Pentecost with selfless leaders, and our brother and friend, Apostle Kumi-Larbi, is one of them,” he said during a brief presentation and appreciation ceremony held yesterday for the outgoing General Secretary and his family at the Church’s Headquarters.
Apostle Kumi-Larbi leaves the Headquarters after a decade-long service as the Chief Scribe of the Church.
Apostle Nyamekye, having worked with him, first as an Executive Council Member and as Chairman for the last five years, noted that one key trait of the outgoing General Secretary was his selfless nature.
He said that one of the banes of humanity is the ability to deal with and control the self.
He mentioned that the pride of life, lust of the flesh, and the desire for material possessions, all stem from the failure to manage one’s “self.”
He emphasised that keeping one’s self in check is not easy, which is why many people struggle to lead selfless lives.
Apostle Nyamekye, however, pointed to Daniel as one man who excelled .
He said that despite being a foreigner and a slave, Daniel served four Kings of Babylon because of his ability to control the “self.”
He then read Daniel 5:4-17, Daniel 2:29, and Daniel 6:4 to highlight various instances of how Daniel demonstrated extraordinary selfless behaviour.
“After being the only one to interpret Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel could have taken pride in that, but he was careful not to put himself above the other wise men,” he said, adding “he was able to keep the self in check.”
The Chairman likened the General Secretary to Daniel and urged all Christians to strive to emulate them, stressing that: “The world is in dire need of selfless men an women.”
“The spirit of the Holy God in Daniel and Apostle Kumi-Larbi is the same One in us. Therefore, if they were able to do this, then we also can do the same,” he added.
He also urged the outgoing General Secretary to steadfastly maintain the admirable quality of selflessness he consistently displayed during his tenure as General Secretary and to continue exemplifying it in Ashaiman, where he will now serve as Area Head.
In response, Apostle Kumi-Larbi expressed gratitude to God for His sustaining grace; the immediate-past Chairman, Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah (Rtd.) for nominating him for the high office and the current Chairman for nominating him to serve a second term.
He also thanked the ministry directors,as well as management and staff of the Headquarters for their support throughout his tenure.
He was also grateful to all who contributed in diverse ways to make his tenure successful.