The Chairman of The Church Of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, has stated that children are the greatest treasure during retirement.
According to him, the believer’s greatest support is in God and their children, and not even the Church.
“We die but our legacy continues in our children. Your strength in your old age will be found in your children,” he stated.
Apostle Nyamekye made this assertion on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at the Pentecost Convention Centre (PCC), Gomoa Fetteh, near Kasoa during the 2022 Retirement Seminar for ministers who have up to ten years (2023-2032) to retire from active service of the church.
The event, which started on Tuesday and will end on Friday, October 14, 2022, is under the theme: “Possessing the Nations: Serving the Saints” (Heb. 6:10).
Speaking on the topic: “Forsake me not when my strength is spent” (Psalm 71), the Chairman noted that it is important to discuss old age and death so that people can factor it into their planning.
“If death is inevitable, put it in your plans,” he said, adding, “If you plan to live long, it will affect the way you conduct yourself; the way you exercise and sleep. If you want to live long, you have to plan; you have to plan to die. Do not defer all these in the hands of God.”
The Chairman further noted that retirement age can be full of loneliness, and the solution to it is to make friends while in active service before retiring, saying, “Make friends, for they will be of great help to you in your old age.”
Pointing out the challenges of old age and retirement, Apostle Eric Nyamekye listed loss of physical strength – bodily or muscular power and vigour; mental power – firmness and courage; loss of power by reason or influence – authority, resources, and numbers.
“All of us grow with the fear of the unknown. It manifests itself very well in children, but it returns at old age; the fear of darkness, fear of noise, and the fear of falling,” he added.
Using Eli and his sons in 1 Samuel 2:12-36 as a case study, the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost emphasised that children are indeed the greatest treasure here on earth and that parents need to be intentional in raising them so that they will not go astray.
“The promise of God could be transgenerational, however, the role of children seen to the fulfilment of these promises cannot be overlooked,” he said, adding, “If God’s promise to Abraham has to come to pass, it depends on the children.”