The newly-constructed church building of the Wawabile Assembly in the Bole District of The Church of Pentecost has been dedicated.
The building was dedicated on Friday, December 8, 2023, by the Sawla Area Head, Pastor Frederick Obboh.
The Wawabile Assembly, formerly known as Lamporga No. 1, was one of the assemblies which was opened at the time when the present Sawla Area had not yet been carved from the Wa Area.
The assembly, which started with few members, has now grown into a big church.
The members of the assembly, during its early years, worshipped under a tree and later moved into a temporal structure until 2021 when the then Area Head for Sawla, Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye, cut the sod for a permanent church building to be put up for the assembly. This was during the tenure of Pastor Kwaku Amponsah and Elder Emmanuel Yitah, as District Minister and Presiding Elder, respectively.
Apostle William Ohemeng-Kwakye laid the foundation stone for the building on Friday, July 9, 2021, when the building reached a habitable stage.
This great foundation was built upon by the immediate-past Area Head, Apostle David Amankwaa, whose hard work saw the building project progress near completion.
Through the instrumentality of Pastor Frederick Obboh, the current Area Head, the building which is situated on a five-acre land, has been completed successfully to the glory of God.
Delivering the sermon at the dedication service on the topic: “Keep the Fire Burning,” the Sawla Area Secretary, Pastor Benjamin Addo-Boateng, with scripture references from Leviticus 6:13, touched on the need to have the presence of God among the people.
He noted that the church building serves as the symbol of the presence and a place of worship for the Almighty.
Pastor Addo-Boateng emphasised that the presence of God is influenced by the fire, who is the Holy Spirit.
He, therefore, charged members to make the church building a house of God where prayer and worship will be offered unto the Lord daily.
“The Lord admonished the Levites to keep the fire burning on the altar daily to ensure the continuous presence of the Lord which will take away sin and bring redemption to the lost and the captive,” he said.
In a brief remark, emphasised that leaders must ensure that the house of the Lord is made a safe haven where distress people can find solace in the Lord.
This, he noted, could be achieved, only when there is constant prayer in the church, proclamation of life-transforming unadulterated word of God, effective church services, and intentional discipling of converts to ground them in the faith, and unleashed to transform their sphere of influence with values, life-style, and principles of the kingdom of God.
The Area Head admonished ministers to be filled with the Holy Spirit, for the priest in the New Testament is a carrier of God’s glory, adding that, glory must be edified to bring out spontaneous worship and sacrifices among the members who are the beholders of the glory of God which now resides in the priest.
Dedicating the church building, which has an attached children’s auditorium, Pastor Obboh expressed profound gratitude to the leadership of the Church for providing the funds for the project
He alao thanked his predecessors, Apostles; William Ohemeng-Kwakye, and David Amankwaa for their hard work and judicious use of resources.
On his part, the Bole-Customs District Minister, P/Overseer Samuel Obeng, thanked all past district ministers and all others who contributed in diverse ways towards the successful completion of the project
Present at the dedication service were Mrs. Joana Mina Obboh (Wife of the Area Head), ministers in the Area and the Area Deacon, Elder Pourimah.
Report by Overseer Jones Dwomoh Amankwah (Mandari District)