The Children’s Ministry of The Church of Pentecost has to a large extent lived up to its goal of producing champions for the Church over the last 50 years.
The Chairman of the Church, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, made this assertion in a speech read on his behalf by the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, at the launch of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Children’s Ministry yesterday.
Highlighting the objectives of the ministry, Apostle Nyamekye said that the forebears of the Church had specific goals in mind in setting up the Children’s Ministry. These core objectives, he noted, include leading children to personal knowledge of Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour (2 Timothy 3:15), teaching the children the unadulterated word of God and preparing them to take their place in the body of Christ in a responsible way.
“The ministry was also instituted to create in the minds of the children the need to live holy, honest and righteous lives as well as encourage the spirit of good citizenship in the children,” he further noted.
According to Apostle Nyamekye, since its inception in 1972, the ministry has forged ahead with an added drive of evangelism, bringing many children to the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour.
“Apart from producing champions, the ministry has also blessed many families in the church and society. It is therefore not surprising that we find products of the ministry in various spheres of society and professions, to mention a few; the pastorate (both in The Church of Pentecost and other churches), the business sector, the built environment, health sector, educational sector, the security, legal and administrative fraternities etc,” he noted.
He, therefore, commended past General Leaders, patrons, directors and their teams for the hard work and sacrifice in making the ministry a full-fledge ministry.
He also lauded Prophet David Kankam Beditor (Current Patron), as well as Pastor Prof. William Otoo Ellis (Current Ministry Director) and his team for carefully and diligently building on the work of their predecessors.
Apostle Nyamekye was very grateful to God for His goodness towards The Church of Pentecost and the Children’s Ministry in particular over the last 50 years and urged the entire membership to join the ministry in marking its Golden Jubilee anniversary in spectacular fashion.
“Today is a very special and historic day in the annals of The Church of Pentecost and the Children’s Ministry. This is because the Children’s Ministry is 50 years old. It is thus, a moment to give glory to the Lord for His goodness and love for the Church and the ministry,” he said.
The Children’s Ministry was introduced in The Church of Pentecost in 1972. The ministry, which began with pockets of children in the homes of some individuals, now boasts a membership of over one million, approximately 8.5% of the total population of children in Ghana.
The Children’s Ministry, now a full-fledged ministry of the Church has turned 50 this year, and as a result, some special activities have been outlined to mark this historic milestone.
The golden jubilee celebration is being held under the theme: “Celebrating 50 Years of God’s Goodness in Equipping Children to Possess the Nations” (Psalm 100:5, Proverbs 22:6) and would be climaxed in September during the annual Children’s Week celebration.
The historic event was officially launched on behalf of the Chairman by the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, yesterday.
A major highlight of the celebration is the “50 for 50” evangelistic initiative, where the Children’s Ministry of the various local assemblies of the Church have been tasked to win and maintain at least 50 souls for Christ by September.
The ministry has also introduced a drawing competition for children of 12 years and below as part of the celebration.