Two Pastors, Others Narrowly Escape Death


On Monday, August 9, 2021, two pastors of the Asamankese Area of The Church of Pentecost miraculously escaped death from a gang of armed robbers. Pastors Eliezer Yaw Arkoh-Larbi and Victor Asante Ayim together with two others (an elder and a deaconess) were on their way back from Ekoso to Asamankese at about 9:15 pm after a meeting at Asamankese when the incident happened.

According to the victims, they had gone to alight the elder who is the Assistant Area Youth Leader at Ekoso after the meeting. On their way back to Asamankese, a desperate-looking young man appeared from the bush and signaled them to stop. But out of fear, Pastor Arkoh-Larbi, who was driving the vehicle, ignored it and drove on. About 150 metres away, they spotted a seeming accident scene, where a cargo truck had stopped in the middle of the road with a taxi and motorbikes on its sides. Pastor Arkoh-Larbi became suspicious and decided to slow down in order not to get closer to the scene.

In the process, they spotted a flashlight moving in their direction but it quickly went off. Unknowingly, one of the robbers had spotted them and had walked through the bush to their vehicle. He was wielding a gun suspected to be an AK47. He instructed them to move towards the scene. Suddenly, other young men also with guns moved to their vehicle and asked them to lie on the floor. The robbers took the money on them and ransacked the vehicle.

One of them pulled Pastor Arkoh-Larbi and the elder in an attempt to shoot them. Suddenly, a vehicle appeared on the scene and instead of shooting at the pastor and the elder, the robbers turned their attention to the oncoming vehicle and started firing indiscriminately at it. However, the driver managed to drive back to Asamankese. Sensing that the police could be called to come to the scene, the robbers fled the scene into the bush when another vehicle also got there, thinking that it was the police. Pastor Arkoh-Larbi and his team then left the scene unhurt to Asamankese.

Indeed, it was the doing of the Lord and we bless God for their lives.

Report by PENTNET, Asamankese.

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