It was a memorable and joyous moment when many people gathered at the Twifo Nyenasi District Central Assembly in Twifo Praso Area of The Church of Pentecost to witness the mass blessing of the marriages of 33 couples, comprising 11 Elders, 4 Deacons, and 18 Brothers. Notably among the couples were Elder (Retired) Victor Ayensu (82 years) and his wife Margaret, and Mr. John Manu (72 years) and his wife Martha, who have married for 46 and 45 years respectively.
The ceremony, the first of its kind in the district, took place on December 19, 2020. It was officiated by the Twifo Praso Area Head, Pastor David Nii Addo-Pappoe, assisted by the District Minister, Pastor Matthew Mpaba.
Some of the couples who have married under the customary law for so many years were excited to have the opportunity to dedicate their marriages to the Lord.
The Twifo Praso District Minister, Pastor Vincent Ephraim Amegah, led the couples to exchange their vows after which the Area Head, Pastor Addo-Pappoe, blessed the marriages.
Preaching the sermon on the topic, “Transform Your Marriage Into the Glorious Image of Christ” based on Ephesians 5:1-2; 5:21-28, Pastor Vincent Ephraim Amegah stated that marriage is a heritage, gift, and a blessing from God, so there is the need for couples to ensure its longevity. This, he said, can be done when couples cherish the word of God, tolerate each other’s views, and forgive one another.
“You are agents of transformation; let your marriage bring glory to God for others to see the beauty of Jesus in you,” he concluded.
The Area Head, Pastor David Nii Addo-Pappoe, on his part, advised the couples to do whatever they can to sustain their marriages no matter the circumstances, because they cannot understand their spouses to the very end since they are not the same. “You are created with different temperaments, and because of that, remember that no two persons are the same. Learn to live happily with your spouse without any comparisons, and you will enjoy a happy marriage,” he said.
The couples were each presented with a certificate of marriage from the State and The Church of Pentecost to validate their marital union.
Report by Joseph Smiles Adu.