A colourful service was held at the Kokoben Central assembly auditorium on Sunday, October 25, 2020, as many people came from far and near to witness the farewell service of Pastor Isaac Anane Babae and family who retired after 37 years of active ministerial service.
The memorable service was officiated by Apostle John Budu Kobina Tawiah, Kwadaso Area Head.
Delivering a sermon on the topic, “Have The Attitude Of A Finisher,” based on 2 Timothy 4:7 and 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Apostle J. B. K. Tawiah explained that there is a prize to be received for every work done for the advancement of God’s Kingdom.
He noted that everyone who works in God’s kingdom, works as a hired labourer for a duration or period, after which a reward is given based on the quality of work performed by the labourer.
He stated that every minister of the gospel must work as a soldier, an athlete and a farmer. According to him, a minister must be a soldier in God’s kingdom, ready to endure any hardship. “As athletes, we must keep training to be able to compete and must compete according to the rules,” he said, adding, “As farmers, we must eschew laziness, make God’s vineyard fruitful in order to nourish God’s people.”
Apostle Tawiah advised that all ministers and workers in God’s kingdom should work with this mindset to receive the perfect prize prepared for God’s labourers.
Giving their testimony about Mrs. Margaret Anane Babae, the District Women’s Ministry commended her generosity and her desire to offer a helping hand to others. “The well-being of other people is of great concern to her. She does not want to see anyone in any form of distress without helping,” they said, adding, “She has a great skill in mobilising women in the district and always comes up with new and interesting ideas and activities to revive the ministry.”
The Ahenema Kokoben District described Pastor Anane Babae as a humble man who is blessed with diverse spiritual gifts. “He is a defender of the faith and a crusader of the tenets and policies of the Church,” he added.
The General Council also described Pastor Isaac Anane Babae as a man of prayer whose prayer ministry has helped broken new grounds in his ministry and brought a lot of breakthroughs to so many people.
“He is also a good expounder of the Bible who teaches the word of God with finesse. His in-depth knowledge in the Scripture is clearly seen anytime he presents sermons,” the testimony stated.
Profile Of Pastor Isaac Anane Babae
Pastor Anane Babae was born on July 3, 1955, at Assin Foso in the Central Region and had his basic education at Assin Foso Roman Catholic Primary School and completed at Assin Dompim Local Authority Middle School and obtained the Middle School Leaving Certificate (MSLC) in 1974. However, due to financial difficulties, he could not go to secondary school at that time. He studied privately at home and had the General Certificate of Education, Ordinary Level (O’ Level Certificate) in 1990. He also had a Diploma in 1999, B.Th. 2005 and M.Th. in 2008.
After middle school, he was employed at Mr. Akomaning Clinic. He later joined the Assin Foso Mobil Filling Station as a Pump Attendant from 1975 to 1979 and later employed as a Pupil Teacher by the Ghana Education Service from 1979 to 1983.
He was called into the full-time pastoral ministry in 1983 at Assin Foso and ordained as a pastor in 1988.
In ministry, he served in the following stations; Kwahu Apradang now Pra River (1983-1986), Kwahu Praso (1986-1992), Swedru (1992-1996), Abura Dunkwa (1996-2001), Suhum (2001-2007), Maamobi (2007-2011), Wiamoase (2011-2015), Trede (2015-2017), and Ahenema Kokobeng (2017-2020).