Pastor Joseph Kow Techie, a retired minister of The Church of Pentecost, was laid to rest on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at Moree near Cape Coast.
He was 89 years old. Born on January 12, 1934, he joined the Church of Christ (Spiritual Movement) and was ordained a priest between 1956 and 1967 and served in Cape Coast, Tema, Afienya, Terchire and Akim Oda.
He later resigned from the priesthood and joined The Church of Pentecost as a member. He was baptised by the late Pastor L. A. Nyarko at Cape Coast.
While at Cape Coast, he was identified as a true servant of God by Apostle George Alphonse Wood (late) and was transferred to preside over the church in Jukwa Breman. In 1970, Apostle Wood, in consultation with the then Executive Council called Joseph Kow Techie into the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost.
The following were the stations he served: Abura Dunkwa (1970 to 1979), Enchi (1979 to 1986), Konongo (1986 to 1990), and finally, Ajumako Besease (1990 to 1994), serving for 24 years. After retirement, he stayed at Edumfa and later relocated to his hometown in Moree Junction, near Cape Coast.
Preaching the sermon at the funeral under the topic, “Confidence in the face of death,” Apostle David Nii Addo Pappoe, the Twifo Praso Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, admonished Christians to face death confidently like Stephen, the first Apostle who was killed while preaching and praying for his killers.
Reading from 2 Corinthians 5:1-11, he identified four mysteries from the epistle that Paul wrote to the church. According to Apostle Nii Addo Pappoe, believers can be confident in the face of death when they know and understand that they are living in a tent.
“Tents provide temporary shelter. They don’t provide secured protection in times of storms. Life in a tent is uncertain. Tents are uncomfortable in the midst of storms such as sicknesses. God will take away the tent and replace it with a building,” he said.
He added that Christians can be confident in the face of death when they know and understand what happens when they die. He further said that believers can be confident in the face of death when they anticipate eternal life.
“We shall be like Jesus when He appears in glory. Mortality will end; eternal life is guaranteed. We shall be rewarded appropriately. We shall see God and that place is better than what we can imagine,” he explained.
The Twifo Praso Area Head finally said that believers can be confident in the face of death when they are assured of their personal salvation, saying, “God has given us eternal life in His Son Jesus Christ. He who has the Son has eternal life.”
In a tribute by the General Council of the Church, Pastor Joseph Kow Techie (rtd) was described as a man with a deep prayer life who believed that prayer had the power to change any situation. “He was a man full of ‘chords and notes’ who interspersed his sermons with spiritually inspired songs. He was also a man who loved God’s Church to a fault,” it said.
Report by Pastor Ebenezer Ayivi Okoampah (Cape Coast Area Media Ministry)