A student of the University of Cape Coast Medical School, Gifty Frimpong, has been ordained as the youngest minister of the Gospel by the Assemblies of God Church at the 2020 graduation ceremony.
This comes days after she completed a four-year intensive study at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, South campus at Kormantse in the central region.
As part of her ministerial endeavor, Pastor Gifty Frimpong is expected to undergo a one year housemanship at the Jehovah Jireh Assemblies of God church at Adenta Japan Motors, near Lakeside Estates in preparation for the greater works ahead.
Addressing the graduating students during the ceremony, the superintendent of the Assemblies of God Ghana, Reverend Professor, Frimpong Manso acknowledged the sacrifices that both faculty and students had made over the years, especially in 2020, which he described as the year of the Corona Virus.
“In spite of the challenges, you have weathered the fierce storm to be able to graduate. As gospel ambassadors, you have been trained and equipped with all you need for a successful ministry work. The seminary has given you a broad knowledge enough to allow you to adapt to a wide range of real life ministry situations. Out there in your ministry life, you will have your low and high moments but do not renege in your resolve to live above reproach in serving Christ Jesus.”
“I can promise you that you will never go astray or have problems with any authority, as long as you stay within the context of scripture. Some of you will start your ministry work from the scratch. Others may be assigned to already existing churches and yet some of you will be assisting your senior ministers. Some of you will pitch your tents in the urban centres and others in the rural areas. Wherever you find yourselves, I expect nothing but the best in your respective endeavours. shy away from unnecessary comparison and competition; and do not follow the attributes of those charlatans , I mean the modern day magicians and fetish priests who are parading and masquerading the streets as prophets of God. Be a true and honest men and women of God and not 419 ‘God of man’. Instead of perambulating like a spirit complaining bitterly against AG or your leaders, put your hands to the wheel and trust God for a turnaround in your area of ministry”.
The president of the seminary, Reverend John Kwabena Boachie, in a statement said one of the ministerial challenges of the end time is how some servants portray themselves as emperors and Kings. He said such minister’s rule as lords over the flocks which God entrusts to their care. He said John the Baptist was by God for a purpose, that’s to be a forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ. He noted that being aware of this purpose, he developed a philosophical statement that guided his activities in ministry. The main thrust of the piece, he said is to reflect on the implications of the philosophical statement “he must increase but I must decrease as found in John 3.22-36.
This reflection can be summarized as the supremacy of Christ-john3:31-34, his role as the forerunner of the Lord Jesus Christ, john 3:27-29 and Christ as the possessor and giver of life, john 3:34, 35-36
In a statement at the Ordination ceremony, Pastor Gifty Frimpong thanks the almighty God for blessing and protecting her through the four year training period. “I owe my life to God for his gift of Life and his mercy upon my life. I am determined to win more souls for Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God”, she stated.
The head pastor of the Jehovah Jireh Assemblies of God Church, Reverend Dr. Joyce Frimpong, who happens to be the biological mother of Gifty Frimpong at the ordination ceremony, compared the life of her daughter to that of Samuel in the Bible who was given to the house of God as a gift after his birth. Rev. Dr Joyce Frimpong said she made a promise to God that should Gifty be protected from her infant stage to adulthood, she would be offered to God to serve Him in all the days of her life. “So Gifty has deepened her relationship with God as she begins to serve Him and win souls for His Kingdom”, he noted.