The annual fasting and prayer programme of the Watford City Church of The Church of Pentecost in the United Kingdom, dubbed “Ascend,” took place at the Oakwood Outdoor Centre in Wokingham.
ASCEND is a time of spiritual deepening and awakening, where members wait on the Lord and seek His strength to be unleashed into the world.
This year’s edition, held from August 25 to 28, 2023, was themed “I Am the One” (Acts 10:21) and featured various speakers, including Pastor Godfred Boadi (PIWC-Southampton), Overseer Gerald Gyane (PIWC Salem Resident Minister), Elder Daniel Agyemang Bofah (Presiding Elder, Watford City Church), Elder Michael Chintoh, Deacon Hubert, Sister Tina Ayiku, and Sister Joan Boadi.
Some of the topics covered during the event included “The Posture of the One,” “the Price of the One,” and “The Transformation.”
The programme welcomed over 50 participants of diverse nationalities and cultural backgrounds who eagerly sought God’s grace to fulfill their mission. Some also participated virtually.
The event featured seasoned musicians such as Deaconess Lukala Munalula, Minister Jacy Mai, Minister Godley Abel, Debbie Adesiyan, Deaconess Leona Agyemang, and other musicians who filled the atmosphere with worship.
On Saturday afternoon, a special baptism service saw three brothers and a sister undergoing water baptism, including Brother Gellian, a Portuguese national popularly known as “Kwame Grills.”
In the evening, participants enjoyed a special bonfire night in anticipation of the official closing the following day.
During the closing session, Overseer Gerald Gyane encouraged participants to be fruitful and contribute to making the world a better place, asking, “How will you taste when the world takes a bite of you?”
This year’s event was unprecedented as it featured continuous nights of prayer, days of fasting, Holy Ghost empowerment, water baptism, fellowship, games, and other entertaining activities.
Report by Elder Emmanuel Akuffo