The Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, yesterday March 9, 2022, paid a courtesy call on the Atakora Chief, Nana Akuamoah Boateng Tano II, in Afram Plains, near Donkorkrom, in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The visit was to inform the chief about his tour in the area and to show his respect to the traditional ruler since he was on his land.
According to the Chairman, the chief in any community is one of the most important persons, therefore, it was expedient to pay that courtesy call on him.
Briefing the Chairman on the history of Afram Plains, in his welcome address, Nana Akuamoah Boateng Tano II, explained that the first inhabitants were hunters who had crossed over to explore the opportunities available in the forested land in the 1920s.
He said that Afram Plains did not only serve as a hunting ground but also a food producing land which made voyagers to stay as they explored.
He iterated that throughout the years, though Afram Plains was not a place with a lot of Christian activities, it has grown to inhabit about 42 churches with The Church of Pentecost (CoP) inclusive.
“A king whom God is not with, your reign would not last for long,” he stated.
He, therefore, mentioned that constituting a Council of Elders to advise him, some clergy had been incorporated as members too.
He further advised the church to continue collaborating and leaving peacefully with the community and thanked the Chairman for the privileged visit.
Among the entourage of the Atakorahene (Atakora Chief) was Obaahemaa Yaa Serwaa, Atakorahemaa (Queenmother) of Atakora, and his sub-chiefs who help govern the land.
The Chairman in response thanked the chief for the opportunity and relayed that as part of efforts of the church to bridge the gap between the church and the chieftaincy, the Chieftaincy Ministry of the church had been inaugurated to bring royals together in worship to God.
“We believe chieftaincy is leadership in God,” he noted while encouraging all royals in the church to take up chieftaincy roles when they are called to reign.
He further called on all chiefs and royals to be unified in governing their lands without leaving all the decisions to politicians to determine how they should rule their people.
He then entreated all chiefs to be more hospitable to transferred ministers and their wives to their communities to help build a strong alliance.
He pledged to support the community with 200 bags of cement (about GH₵ 10,000), to help continue their community palace project which had progressed steadily.
He prayed for the leadership of the town and committed all inhabitants into the hands of God.
Present were Apostle Victor Asamoah, Afram Plains Area Head of the church, Mrs. Mary Nyamekye (wife of the Chairman), Mrs. Rebecca Asamoah (wife of the Afram Plains Area Head), Pastor Joseph Ndanyinanseh, Area Secretary and District Minister of Donkorkrom of the church, Elder Princeworth Abankwah, Afram Plains Area Deacon, and some ministers and wives in the area.
The Kwahu Afram Plains is about one-third the landscape of the Eastern Region, divided into Kwahu Afram Plains North District (capital as Donkorkrom) and Kwahu Afram Plains South District (capital as Tease). It is surrounded by the River Afram and River Bosom.