The Yennyawoso District in the New Tafo Area of The Church of Pentecost, has officially welcomed Pastor Charles Oduro, as the new district minister at a special service held on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Yennyawoso Central Assembly auditorium.
Pastor Oduro succeeded Pastor Andrew Adu-Amankwaah, who recently retired from the active pastoral ministry, having served the church for 24 years.
The event, which was officiated by Pastor Eric Yaw Osei, the Buokrom Estate District Minister, had in attendance Pastors Seth Dwamena Asante (New Tafo District Minister), Anthony Kwesi Mensah (Resident Minister, New Tafo PIWC), among others.
In a sermon, Pastor Yaw Osei read Matthew 13:1-9 and centered his message on the lessons of the parable of the sower. He identified the three elements in the parable, namely seed, land and the farmer, which according to him, represent the word of God, the heart of man and church leaders respectively. “Every church leader is a farmer,” he stated.
He noted that the seed, which is the word of God, is faultless but the problem lies with the kind of heart with which one receives the word. He advised believers to always have a good heart for the word of God in order to be fruitful in all their endeavours, saying, “The land is the determinant of the success of the seed.”
“Though, the land might be infertile and thorny, nonetheless, if the farmer is good enough, he can turn it into good use for fruitfulness,” he said. He, thus, called on the church leaders, particularly pastors to strive to prepare the members to be spiritually and physically fruitful. This, he said, could be done through prayers and feeding them with the unadulterated word of God.
Quoting 2 Samuel 23:14-17, he admonished believers to always assist and encourage church leaders to give off their best for the growth of the church.
“The farmer who tills the land needs peace of mind and protection so that he could work harder. Let’s assist our church leaders with prayers and encouragement and avoid slandering them,” he concluded.
Pastor Charles Oduro, in his response, called for the full support and cooperation of the members so that they will build God’s church together.
Pastor Charles Oduro is married to Mrs. Gladys Oduro with four children. He was called into the full-time ministry in 2003 and has since served in the Kajaji, Adansi Asokwa, and Koforidua Old Estate districts.
Report by Emmanuel Nana Nsiah