The mortal remains of Apostle Robert Acquaah (Retired), a former Executive Council Member of The Church of Pentecost, was laid to rest after a memorial service was held in his honour at the Michel Camp Barracks (IBN Park) on Saturday, April 7, 2018.
The event, which had in attendance the Chairman, Apostle Professor Opoku Onyinah, the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, the International Missions Director, Apostle Emmanuel Gyesi Addo, the Ashaiman Area Head, Apostle Patrick Kingsley Ennin as well as a number of Executive Council Members and ministers of the Church, confirmed a vision the late Apostle Acquaah (Retd.) had shortly before his passing.
“In the vision, I saw that I had organised a very big party, which brought together the Chairman of the Church, and the General Secretary and their spouses, as well as an uncountable number of retired and active ministers and many loved ones, but I did not eat at the party,” Apostle Acquaah shared with Elder Maxwell Tabi (Presiding Elder, Michel Camp Central Assembly) when the latter paid him a visit in his home.
The bereaved wife, Mrs Sarah Acquaah, children and family paid glowing tributes to the late Apostle Acquaah acknowledging his exemplary prayer life, humility, generosity, kindheartedness, discipline, respectfulness, words of encouragement, wisdom and love for God and His work. They touted him as one who was able to instill his faith in his family members and effectively balanced his numerous ministerial responsibilities with his family life.
A tribute read on behalf of the General Council of the Church by Apostle Kumi-Larbi described him as “a great motivator and one who loved to see others reach their fullest potential. After one has excelled in a task, Apostle Acquaah would commend the person with some positive words and encourage them to keep it up by saying ‘Well Done, Move On!’”
In a brief sermonette based on 1 Corinthians 15 and Hebrews 2:14-15 at the event, the Kasoa Area Head, Apostle Samuel Antwi, said that Jesus Christ came down purposely to overcome sin and death, therefore, Christians must no longer live in the fear of death.
He said that Christ has defeated death and for this reason, anyone who believes in Him and accepts Him as Lord and Saviour also has victory over death.
According to the Kasoa Area Head, any believer who still harbours the fear of death is either living in sin or deeply tangled in the things of the world.
“The fear of death is fueled by sin. So as a believer, if you still fear death then you are probably living in sin. Another reason why a believer would fear death is if the person has spent his life amassing treasures on this earth. In that case, he would always harbour the fear of death because he would be reluctant to leave them behind. But if you store up your treasures in heaven, then you would have no problem being taken off this earth,” he said.
Apostle Samuel Antwi, therefore, advised Christians to live in great anticipation of the eternal life that has been promised them by God. He also advised them to avoid reading too many meanings into the death of their loved ones because by so doing they unconsciously make death powerful and fearful. Rather, they should always bear in mind that death is inevitable and that it is the only means by which they would transition from this earth to their heavenly home.
He, therefore, urged Christians to be constantly prepared for the divine home call by remaining in the basic message of Jesus Christ.
Apostle Robert Acquaah (Retd.) served in the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost for 25 years. He rose through the ranks and served in various capacities including as an Area Head for Goaso, Sunyani, Koforidua and Tema, where he retired from active service in 2003. He also served as an Executive Council Member in 1998.
Apostle Acquaah (Retd.), aged 80 years, is survived by a wife, six biological children and four adopted children.
May he rest peacefully in the bosom of the Lord.