The Pentecost International Worship Centre (PIWC Graceland) in the Teshie-Nungua Area of The Church of Pentecost has built a church building for the Atsiaklorbor Assembly in the Ehi District of the Aflao Area of the church.
The edifice, which has a children’s auditorium and office, cost GH¢152,482.00 to construct.
The Aflao Area Head, Apostle Michael Agyen Brefo, dedicated the building on November 24, 2023.
Speaking at the event on the topic, “The beauty within the church” – Acts 3:1-5, Psalm 27:4-6 and Isaiah 61, the Klikor District Minister, Pastor Hayford Kofi Appiah, stated that the house of God is the home for all people.
According to Pastor Appiah, the miracle that the crippled received through the ministration of Peter and John in Acts 3:1-5 brought total transformation into his life. This enabled him to gain access to his real home, which is the house of God.
“The church building is a place where the Lord has put his name. Therefore, the house of God is where people come to God and are blessed. There is peace, healing, joy and deliverance in the house of God,” he said.
He encouraged Christians to continue to be channels of God’s blessings to others. Anytime Christians minister or preach the gospel to others, they invite them to God’s home.
“It is in the home that God bestows on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:3),” he added.
Apostle Michael Agyen Brefo, on behalf of the Aflao Area, expressed his sincere gratitude to PIWC-Graceland for their love and financial support to the church.
He admonished members of the Atsiaklorbor Assembly to make the church their home and seek God’s face continually. He tasked them to take good care of the building and exhibit a high-maintenance culture so that the building would last.
The Atsiaklorbor Assembly began at Egblorgbekorpe in 1993 after the then District Minister for Dzodze, Pastor Stephen Teye, now on retirement, organised a two-day rally there. The church started with 12 souls won during the rally. The church faced numerous challenges and persecutions from the traditional priests who felt threatened that the establishment of the church would derail their traditional worship at that time.
During the tenure of Pastor Alfred Agbetsiafa (the then District Minister for Dzodze), the assembly was moved from Egblorgbekorpe to Atsiaklorbor. Even though the assembly faced diverse kinds of trials, it was able to withstand the storms through the grace of God.
A temporary place of worship was constructed, and the local assembly became part of the Ehi District.
The members continued to worship in the temporary structure until Pastor Godwin A. K. Adzigbli was transferred to the Ehi District. The dilapidated church building prompted Pastor Adzigbli to seek financial support for a permanent building.
By the grace of God, PIWC-Graceland, through the instrumentality of Pastor Felix Okyere Anti, the Resident Minister, came to the district’s aid. A sod-cutting ceremony for the church building was done on December 9, 2022, and completed within a year.
Present at the ceremony were Mrs Ophelia Agyen Brefo (Aflao Area Head’s wife), the chiefs and community leaders of Atsiaklorbor and its environs, Mr Albert Wedzi (former Assemblyman for the Area), and members of the church and the community members.
Report by Pastor Francis Lamptey, Aflao Area Reporter.