Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) Kwadaso Sector of The Church of Pentecost has organised an Alumni Homecoming Summit dubbed, “Mobilizing PENSA Alumni Members for Schools Outreach Ministry.”
The event, which took place recently, was attended by333 alumni members. It was graced byApostle John Budu Kobina Tawiah (Kwadaso Area Head), Elder Professor Eric Appau Asante (Deputy Youth Director), Elder Desmond Addison (National Coordinator of the Schools Outreach Ministry), Honourable Elder Johnson Kwaku Adu (MP for Ahafo South West Constituency and former PENSA Vice President of Akrokerri College of Education), Deaconess Mrs. Millicent Pimpong (Assistant Registrar of AAMUSTED, erstwhile UEW-K, ministers in the Kwadaso Area, Youth Pastors and leaders from Kwadaso, Abuakwa, Obuasi and Ashanti Bekwai Areas. Also present were Sector Working Committee Members, Area School Coordinators, and Districts Schools Coordinators.
In his welcome address, the PENSA Travelling Secretary for Kwadaso Sector, Pastor Isaac Donkoh, charged all alumni members to return to their alma maters to evangelise them.
He indicated that through their commitment to the activities of Schools Outreach Ministry, the Church will take over that space for Christ, saying, “We either win them for Christ or lose them for the devil.”
The Youth Director, Pastor Ebenezer Hagan, who joined via zoom, in his address, stated: “The schools have become a one-stop gathering point for young people and a strategic short-cut where they could be possessed in their numbers for Christ.”
In an address, Apostle John Budu Kobina Tawiah, Kwadaso Area Head, encouraged PENSA alumni members, ministers, teachers, students and all members of the church to embrace the Schools Outreach Ministry (SOM) so as to win souls for the Lord.
He added that, just as Nehemiah saw the need to mobilise the Israelites to re-build the walls of Jerusalem, so also PENSA alumni members must take the lead role to mobilise their members as squads for SOM. He, therefore, urged them to support SOM programmes in their local assemblies.
The main speaker, Elder Professor Eric Appau Asante, Deputy Youth Director, commended PENSA Kwadaso Sector for the initiative to advance the cause of the Schools Outreach Ministry. He intimated that the school is a place where sophisticated worldly views and philosophies that disable the faith of young people could be found, hence the responsibility of PENSA alumni members to engage young students with the true unadulterated word of God.
“Reaching out to the lost souls in schools should not only be an activity but a core value for all alumni members,” he posited.
Elder Desmond Addison, National Coordinator for Schools Outreach Ministry and Area Deacon for Obuasi, on his part, noted that the key focus of the ministry is to ensure that every pupil/student hears the gospel of salvation preached to them in clear terms. To achieve this, he listed some practical steps that could be followed; developing simple salvation messages (audio and videos), developing simple Gospel games workbooks, and planning evangelistic outreaches to schools, amongst others.
A former President for PENSA Korle Bu, Elder Dr. Solomon Obiri Yeboah, implored all alumni members to join hands to support campus ministry with their rich expertise and financial resources.
The Member of Parliament for Ahafo Ano South West, Hon. Johnson Kwaku Adu, applauded the leadership of the Church for the Schools Outreach Ministry concept. He opined that the Possessing the Nations agenda is a collective effort and so all alumni members are to come on board to help achieve the Vision 2023 of the Church.
The summit ended gloriously amidst songs of joy, renewal of strength and determination to support SOM on all fronts to take over the schools for Christ.
Report by PENSA Kwadaso Sector Media Team.