The La Area Women’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost has organised a thanksgiving service to appreciate God for His goodness towards the members of the church.
Speaking at the annual event on January 9, 2023, at Dr Thomas Wyatt Temple, the wife of the La Area Head, Mrs Juanita Nuekpe, charged members never to seize thanking God in all circumstances.
She spoke on the topic, “Ebenezer, thus far the Lord has brought us” – 1 Samuel 7:12.
Mrs Nuekpe hinted that Prophet Samuel raised a memorial stone anytime God granted victory to the Israelites, signifying their heartfelt gratitude to God.
She noted that although not all expectations were met in 2022, yet it is fit to render thanks to God, be it good or bad.
“It is the grace of God that has kept us alive and ushered us into a new year. It is this same grace that will continue to carry us through 2023 and the rest of the years ahead. So we need to raise a memorial of thanksgiving to Him,” she added.
Mrs Nuekpe further cited Noah and Abraham as examples of persons who raised memorial altars to God in Genesis 8:20; 12:7-8 after the flood and angelic visitation, respectively.
Also quoting from Hebrews 13:15, Mrs Nuekpe admonished believers to be intentional in rendering thanks to God.
Referring to Luke 17:12-19, she indicated that as members continually thank God, He expands their territories and preserves them.
According to him, when the ten lepers received healing, only one went back to thank Jesus and was made whole.
Mrs Juanita Nuekpe concluded by urging members of the ministry to make thanksgiving a lifestyle.
In attendance were Mrs Rose Kumi-Larbi (wife of the General Secretary of the church), Deaconess Margaret Osei (former Deputy Director of the Women’s Ministry), and the La Area Women’s Ministry Leader, Deaconess Bernice Broni, and her team.
Report by Gina Padi.