The Regional Superintendent of the Assemblies of God Church, Rev. Alexander Ofori Amankwaa, has entreated young men in the country to be circumspect and guided by the word of God and resist the temptation of becoming rich overnight.
According to the man of God, many young pastors had ended what could have been a bright future in shame, disgrace and prisons in recent times, following the egocentric pleasure-seeking part of themselves.
He cautioned the young pastors in an interview with the Eastern File last Sunday during the celebration of his 60th Birthday, which took place at the Koforidua Assemblies of God Church, and heavily attended by people from all walks of life.
According to the man of God, who started his elementary school at the age of five years at the Asiakwa Methodist Primary School, though the beginning of these young pastors may be small if they wait patiently before the Lord, their end shall surely be great, since great men were born small.
Rev. Amankwaa further called on the youth of the country to be law abiding to their leaders since that was the way to grow and become a responsible person or persons.
He stated that God, as a master weaver and master potter, had plans for everybody, which he would surely fulfill when His people exercise patience and obedience. He further admonished the youth, saying, "Do not fret nor be envious of those who do wrong to accrue wealth, but be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him, because in due time, He will lift you up."
To him, the secret of long life was to remain in the Lord and be a branch that bears fruit, since the sin of the youth was haste, and there was the need to avoid it.
In a short speech delivered to the packed congregation on the day of the celebration, he said life was not an event, but rather a process with a sense of godliness, patience, perseverance, commitment and love.
Mentioning what he called four unforgettable events in his life, the Assemblies of God Regional boss declared that though challenges might come, faith in Jesus Christ would navigate His people to victory.
According to him, at age six he woke-up one midnight and saw a millipede that has stuck to his left thigh about one inch deep, but patience helped him to pull it out, as well as being involved in a motor accident as a first year student of Adukrom Teacher Training College in 1968, which nearly damaged his left leg.
He expressed appreciation to his family and the leadership of the Assemblies of God Church for their immense support and contributions towards his call as a pastor.
Meanwhile, some friends and individuals who have benefited from Rev. Amankwaa directly or indirectly presented him with a 4×4 vehicle as a sign of appreciation towards his contributions in their lives.