A flourishing youth and their involvement is essential for the growth of our Church. It also benefits the Youth themselves as their involvement in activities and matters invariably prepares them to take over from an aging generation. A typical example is the Lead Apostle Samuel Oppong-Brenya, who was ordained a Bishop at the age of 34, just on the stroke of graduating from the Youth.
In a hearty conversation somewhere in 2020, he recounted how he used to travel around the rural areas organizing divine services and vineyard works in support of the Apostle and Bishop in the late 80s and early 90s. Today, he is an Apostle being accorded the same service and dedication.
On 4th June, 2022, he joined the Youth of Kyekyewere and Takoradi districts (as part of their preparations towards the up-coming National Youth Day in Kumasi), together with Apostle George Sam and Bishop Thomas Ampofo, to inspire the youth with a message from the book of Judges 6:14: ‘Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of Midianites. Have I not sent you?”’
The Lead Apostle, drawing inspiration from the story of the boy Jesus found ‘lost’ in the temple of Jerusalem, asked the youth: “Where will you also be found when you go missing?” Literally and figuratively, the Leader encouraged the Youth to be found within the exercise of the doctrine of the Church in their everyday lives or within the premises of the Church at all times.
He also told the story of Gideon. He said Gideon learnt to trust God in every step. “The truth is, whatever God wants from you and help you to achieve will be beyond your imagination and expectations. Gideon did not find himself worthy of God’s call, but he achieved great things with the help of God.”
Concluding his sermon, the Lead Apostle called on the youth to be good ambassadors of the Church and also contribute to the development of the country: “Today, we are grooming you to take over just as Gideon was. God continues to accomplish His purposes on earth through men and women. It is a great thing to serve the Lord, be obedient to God and be part of His plan. Amen.”
In a prelude to the Lead Apostle’s visit, Deputy District Rector of Takoradi, Samuel Assuah Boadi, met the youth at the Kojokrom congregation in a ‘Time with the Youth’ program. The Deputy Rector held a fruitful discussion with the youth concerning their readiness towards the up-coming National Youth Day in Kumasi in September. He also discussed developing activities with the youth rather than for the youth to achieve a bigger impact and acceptance.