The maiden edition of the ‘Campus Takeover’ evangelism of the Youth Ministry of The Church of Pentecost has won 1,572 to the glory of God. The ‘Campus Takeover’ evangelism is an initiative of the Youth Ministry Directorate of The Church of Pentecost with the primary goal of empowering Pentecost Students and Associates (PENSA) members to reach every person on every campus in Ghana with the Good News of Jesus Christ.
The event which took place from 8th to 14th March 2021, was held both virtually and physically. It was preceded by intensive prayers and three phases of training sessions for all PENSA leaders and members at the tertiary level.
The first phase of the training was held virtually for all PENSA Presidents, Secretaries, Evangelism Secretaries, and School Coordinators on January 31, 2021. Facilitators met at Pentecost International Worship Center (PIWC) Graceland in the Teshie-Nungua Area. Some of the topics treated included: “How To Do Effective One-On-One Evangelism” by Evangelist Kuma Doe; “The Core Message of the Gospel” by Apostle. Dr. Amos Jimmy Markin (Director, Evangelism Ministry) and “The Uniqueness of the Campus Context” by Elder Dr. Eric Appau Asante (Deputy Director, Youth Ministry).
Phase two of the training session was held on February 7, 2021, primarily for all Local Central Committee (LCC) members, Assistant leaders, and Shepherds of the various PENSA groups.
The Great Commission Movement of Ghana assisted with phase three of the training session for PENSA members nationwide on February 19, 2021. These training periods were used to strengthen and master the art of using the “Four Spiritual Laws” and the “Godtools App” to evangelise.
To climax a one-week prayer and fasting exercise toward the programme, a 12-hour Prayer Marathon was held at the institutional level on 6th March 2021 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
The main Campus Takeover Evangelism activities were held a week later across all PENSA groups nationwide. The period was utilised by the institutions according to their academic calendars and opportunities available.
The evangelistic campaigns employed included street evangelism (with/without placards), dawn broadcast, off-campus personal evangelism, lecture hall personal evangelism, room-to-room evangelism, social media evangelism, one-on-one evangelism, video evangelism, and sign language evangelism. The main emphasis, however, was on personal evangelism.
At the climax of the weeklong activities, 1,572 souls were won, 99 were baptised in water, and 118 rededicated their lives to Jesus Christ. Some of the spectacular events reported included a woman receiving instant healing from migraine; a woman receiving instant healing from chronic stomach ache; three Muslims surrendering their lives to Jesus Christ; and one healed of sickness. The rest of the spectacular events were; five students with hearing and speech impairment giving their lives to Christ out of which three were baptised in water, and a Rastafarian upon hearing the message without being led knelt to receive Jesus Christ.
The 2021 edition was a great success and the committee is grateful to all those who participated and contributed to the event.
The Youth Ministry intends to hold the programme annually to encourage personal evangelism among students on campus.
Report by Pastor Ebenezer Agyapong.