The Lord’s Pentecostal Church International (TPCI) had a colourful ceremony over the weekend to mark a 50-year journey of unbridled work of God and service to community.
Established some 50 years ago, specifically in 1969, TPCI now has over 156 branches worldwide, making it a global church brand.
The golden jubilee celebration, therefore, drew congregants from all over the world to the Abundant Life Centre Branch, near old Hong Kong Theatre, Kwashieman where they showed gratitude to the Lord for how far he has brought them.
The Founder and General Overseer of the church, Apostle Richard Buafor, addressing the congregants who were mostly clad in their anniversary attires, recounted the struggles and challenges the church had to go through to become a household name in Ghana.
Apostle Richard Buafor delivering the Golden Jubilee sermon
“This church has become the mother of many branches since we started; we now have about 56 branches in Ghana and it all barely started with 4 people before growing to 20 and above,” he went down memory lane.
To anchor the 50-year milestone, the church has cut sod for the building of a Jubilee Complex as well as a chapel extension as dedication by the church members.
Centre (with shovel ) – Apostle Richard Buafor, (From Left) Apostle Eric Essadoh Otoo, General Secretary of the church and Bishop C. O. Patterson of the Light House Church, London
In an interview with Adomonline.com on the grounds of the sod cutting gesture, Apostle Buafor, in an exclusive interview with adomonline.com , gave details of the project including cost and the expected time of completion.
“The project will cost between 2 to 3 million Ghana Cedis and we are giving ourselves three years to complete the projects,” he said.
He also spoke about the progress made in church planting, noting, “we now have over 156 branches. We have have branches in the UK, Togo, Ghana, SA, Monrovia, Liberia and the USA”.
The Lord’s Pentecostal Church has 56 other churches scattered across Ghana including Accra and can boast of about 15,000 to 16,000 members.
In addition to ensuring the spiritual growth of members the TLPCI also takes service to community seriously, as a result the church has plans to do an extension of its school where children of the community have been receiving training for the past 17 years.
“When we first came here, many of the inhabitants weren’t sure of what we were doing. Now, we are a household name in the community. We have been accepted because of our services [to the community],” Apostle Buofor explained.
Officials of the church including Senior and Junior Pastors, and other deserving members of the church were honoured with medals for proving their allegiances to the church for five decades.
Church honours core members
It was all nostalgia when some elders of the church took turns to give accounts of the early beginnings of the church as well the difficulties they have had to endure to be where they are currently.
There was enough music for members to dance to as the Lighthouse Church of God Apostolic Choir from UK led by Bishop C. O. Patterson, the Victory Borborbor Troupe, among other music groups laced the celebrations with irresistible performances.
Lighthouse Church of God Apostolic choir from UK
The celebration was climaxed with a cake-cutting event to mark the fifty-year journey.
Cutting of Golden Jubilee cake
Below are more photos of the anniversary:
Church members show off dance skills during a ‘praises’ session
Female church members dance to Victory Borborbor’s traditional songs
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