The ultra-modern church building of the Newtown District Central Assembly in the Kintampo Area of The Church of Pentecost, which was dedicated on November 28, 2021, has been named after the late Deaconess Grace Boahen.
The gesture was initiated by the Area leadership, in consultation with the Executive Council of the Church, to honour the departed deaconess whose pioneering efforts led to the establishment of the Church in Kintampo in 1956.
“Her singular effort, selfless dedication and sacrifice have caused the seed of the gospel she sowed back then to grow into an Area with many districts today. With the approval of the Executive Council, the building has been named the ‘Grace Boahen Memorial Temple,’” the Area Head, Apostle Gideon Obeng-Darko Debrah, revealed at the dedication ceremony for the building.
The colourful event was chaired by Apostle Isaac Nii Kotei Djani, an Executive Council member and the Coordinator for the Bono-East-Ahafo Regional Coordinating Council.
In a sermon titled “You are a Precious Stone” with 1 Peter 2:4-5 and Acts 28:20 as Bible references, Apostle Kotei Djani drummed home the need for every Christian to have a clear understanding that they are precious stones in God’s sight because Christ has purchased them with His precious blood.
As precious stones, he averred, believers are to undertake every task wholeheartedly with the mindset of working for God and not for human masters or superiors. This is because everything that is done for the Lord never goes unrecognised, he added.
“You can be a pillar without being seen. Be satisfied that even if men do not see it, God sees in secret and will reward you bountifully,” he said.
He further assured believers that whatever service they render to the Lord, they would certainly receive a reward in this life and the next.
Apostle Kotei Djani also noted that, as the Lord’s precious stones, God has imbibed Christians with His life. He, therefore, encouraged them to give this life to others by propagating the gospel message of Christ to unbelievers.
“Allow yourselves to be precious stones to be used in the hands of the master,” he charged.
Giving a brief account of the church building project, Pastor Akwasi Amponsah said that the decision to commence the project was taken in 2010 during the tenure of Pastor Reuben Adrakpanya (now retired). Consequently, the sod was cut by the then Techiman Area Head, Apostle S. R. Odoom (now retired).
The project received a boost in 2016 following the creation of the Kintampo Area. As a result, the foundation stone was laid on July 1, 2016, by Apostle Robert C. Ackon (now retired) with assistance from the then District Minister, Pastor Kpakpofio Adotey.
The project continued steadily to its completion after Apostle Obeng-Darko Debrah and Pastor Akwasi Amponsah took over as Kintampo Area Head and Kintampo Newtown District Minister, respectively.
In attendance also were the Kintampo Area pastorate, Pastor Kpakpofio Adotey (now Tetegu District Minister), Hon. Isaac Baffoe Ameyaw (Kintampo North Municipal Chief Executive), officers and members of the Newtown District as well as some relatives of the late Deaconess Grace Boahen, namely, Mr. Akwasi Marfo, Elder Daniel Yaw Marfo (Oyarifa District) and Deaconess Helena Agyeiwaa Marfo (Berekum Area)
Report by Overseer Prince Augustine Ababio (Kintampo Area Reporter)