Miss Precious Anane from the Volta Region has won the 2022 version of the Preacher Kid competition organised by the Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost Headquarters.
Securing 85% of the total marks, Precious slightly beat Master Noble Asante Agyei from the Northern Region, who had 80.84%. Akua Frema Adu Gyamfi from the Ashanti Region garnered 78.75% to place 3rd, while Ama Nhyira Oppong, representing the Central Region, and Adwoa Sarpomaa Sarpong, from the Western Region, placed 4th and 5th after securing 76.42% and 73.83%, respectively.
Each of the contestants received boxes of Bibles from the Bible Society of Ghana, TV sets for their local assemblies, hampers of groceries and stationery, and a certificate of excellence.
The event, which was held on Sunday, September 18, 2022, at the Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC), Asokwa, saw a vast number of members of the Children’s Ministry thronged the auditorium to support the contestants from their various areas.
Addressing the contestants, congregants, and viewers of the competition, the Patron of the Children’s Ministry, Prophet David Kankam Beditor mentioned that the contest was a historic one since it coincided with the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the ministry.
“It is very unique and the first of its kind,” he said, and urged the patrons to support the children, encourage them and give them morale, saying, “You will be inspired by their preaching and teachings.”
The Chairman, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, in an address delivered on his behalf by Apostle Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng (Bompata Area Head), expressed his gratitude to the Children’s Ministry leadership for the organisation of the competition and the 50th Anniversary celebrations.
“Starting as ‘a mustard seed’ in Asokwa, it is not a coincidence it happens to fall within the 50th Anniversary celebrations; it is a coincidence arranged in heaven,” the Chairman said.
According to Apostle Nyamekye, although Accra, the capital city of the country, is the administrative location of the church, Kumasi can be considered the heart of the church.
He noted that the Preacher Kid competition is a step in the right direction, saying, “It is good it has been given the prominence it deserves. I pray that the exercise will impact children and help to not only improve the delivery of God’s word but more importantly the reading and meditation of the Word.”
He ended by stating that “there can be no good preaching without the study of God’s Word.”
The contest saw Apostle Lt. Col. Benjamin Woode (Burma Camp Worship Centre), Pastor Ebenezer Hagan (Youth Director), and Mrs Gifty Otu-Appiah as judges.
In his closing remarks, Apostle Yaw Adjei-Kwarteng congratulated all five contestants on outstanding performances.
“Thank God for giving us a competition and something to be proud about; separating the diamond from other precious stones,” he explained.
“The victor, Precious Anane, has successfully defended the title and won for the church. Through this radiant exercise, great talents have been unearthed. If the children can preach like this, then the future will be great for the church. My heart is at ease as I can assure you and all audience present that the church has an exciting future,” he added.
He remarked that If the competition was available to all, and four out of five of the finalist were girls, then girls and women, in general, have a big stage in the future in the church.
Contestants of the Preacher Kid competition came along with their parents and several members from their various areas within the church as well as friends and well-wishers.
As part of the event, an award certificate, as well as a cash prize, was handed to the winner of the just-ended Drawing Competition also spearheaded by the Children’s Ministry. The winner of the competition was Master Charles Pepprah from Offinso in the Ashanti Region.
According to the Director of the Children’s Ministry, Pastor Prof. William Otoo Elis, the drawing competition had 24 submissions from children all over the country. A jury made up of lecturers from the Faculty of Arts in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology was established to decide the winner of the competition.
Prophet Kankam Beditor, on behalf of the Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, presented the award certificate and an envelope to the winner.
Also present at the event were Apostle and Mrs Dzemekey (Area Head, Asokwa), Apostle Dr. Dela Quampah (Area Head, Ho), Apostle and Mrs Buertey (PIWC Asokwa), Apostle John Budu Tawiah (Area Head, Kwadaso), Apostle Fred Tiakor (Area Head, Bekwai/Former Director, Children’s Ministry), Prophet Samuel Tetteh Doku (Area Head, New Tafo), Apostle and Mrs Gideon Obeng-Darko Debrah (Atonsu Area Head), among others.