The Youth Ministry of The Church of Pentecost in Offinso Area has organised a day’s seminar for young people who sat for the 2021 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASCE).
During this seminar, the Area Youth leadership unveiled plans to keep the Senior High School (SHS) leavers engaged as they wait for the outcome of the examination.
Delivering the keynote address, the Area Youth Leader, Pastor Joseph Owusu-Boateng, congratulated the SHS leavers on their successful completion of the academic programme.
Using Ecclesiastes 3: 1-9 as anchor text, he stated that change and transition are constant factors in life that present opportunities and challenges to everyone. He identified change in association, different spiritual environments, exposure to a wide range of lifestyle choices, and significant change in roles as possible challenges they would face while waiting for their results.
He added that if this transition is not managed well, one may experience identity crises, loss of drive for future academic pursuits, anxiety and pressure to conform to worldly influence. To avert these pitfalls, he encouraged the SHS leavers to remain in Christ, partake in activities of the local church and set boundaries for themselves while they wait for their results.
The District Minister of Offinso Newtown District, Pastor Ernest Agyei, on his part, encouraged the school leavers to sink deep roots in their spiritual life by using this season to engage in spiritual disciplines such as Bible reading and meditation, fasting and prayer, and solitude.
A third-year student of the University of Cape Coast, Dennis Appiah Akenten, shared personal experience of how he managed this season. He advised the SHS leavers to avail themselves to carry out voluntary services such as teaching in basic schools, organising reading clinics, and taking leadership positions in the local church where necessary.
In his closing remarks, the Area Youth Secretary, Elder Gideon Appiagyei, unveiled the ministry’s programme for the school leavers. These include mentorship, learning basic computing skills, beading, bi-monthly prayer and counselling meetings, and excursions.