The Mission House and Central Assembly church building of the Takinta District in the Axim Area of The Church of Pentecost were dedicated to the glory of God on Sunday, July 22, 2018.
The service was officiated by the Acting Area Head of Axim, Apostle Philip Osei-Korsah, with the support of some ministers in the Axim Area.
Delivering a sermon at the service, the Jaway Wharf District Minister, Pastor Solomon Y. Dong, revealed that “dedication is the secret to success in God’s Kingdom”. He explained that when one dedicates him/herself to the things of God, their doors of success will be opened.
In his remarks, Apostle Osei-Korsah admonished Christians to fully dedicate themselves to God and His work.
The Takinta District was carved from Half Assini in 2012 during the tenure of Pastor Samuel Odei Offei Badu as the Half Assini District Minister. The District was inaugurated on August 9, 2012, by Apostle Matthew Larbi-Wettey (the then Axim Area Head), with Probationary Overseer Isaac Koda Plange (now a Pastor) as the first District Minister.
Upon the creation of the District, the Church’s Head Office released an amount of GHC 15,000.00 to augment the construction of the Mission House project. However, as a result of time constraint, the money was used to rent and renovate an apartment for the District Minister and his family for a period of 2 years, during which plans would be made to start a permanent District Mission House.
The land on which the Mission House currently situated was donated by the then Chief of Takinta, Nana Abizi IV for a temporary place of worship. However, when the Chief donated another two and a half plots to the Church due to increased membership, the leaders intended to convert the place into a school building. The Area Leadership later decided to use the land for the construction of a Mission House after the Takinta district was created.
The entire building upon completion cost GH¢88,655.70 with funds from the Headquarters/Area grants, District Week Offerings, donations from Mr Dan Borsor and some other individuals.
The Central Assembly, on the other hand, was opened on January 17, 1976, through the efforts of Elder John Ade Noah, the late Elder Cobbina Asem and some other 19 members during the tenure of Pastor Onyame Tsease as the District Minister of Half Assini. Initially, the church worshipped at Takinta L/A Middle School (now D/A Junior High School) but was later moved to the residence of Elder J. A. Noah due to disputes between the Church and some residents. The late Elder Cobbina Asem was appointed the first Presiding Elder of the Assembly.
The Chief of Takinta at the time, Nana Abizi IV, donated a plot of land for the construction of a permanent church building through the tireless efforts of Elder J.A. Noah, Brothers Richard Forson, Thomas Eduku Ediemu, Patrick Kofie and Sister Janet Ackainyah. The constriction of the church building has since been supported by subsequent Presiding Elders, the Presbytery and all members of the Assembly. The building was completed at the cost of GH¢59,021.80 with funds from the Church’s Headquarters, Area, Local Offerings, District and individual supports.
Report by: Pastor Solomon Dong