Pastors of the body of Christ in Bo City have embraced the Pentecostal Fellowship of Sierra Leone (PFSL) Executive and described their visit as one that is timely.
PFSL, as part of their familiarization and interactive session with their constituents in the region held a fruitful deliberation with Pastors, Evangelists and Ministers of the Pentecostal and Charismatic community in Bo during a two-day conference which took place at the New Harvest Global Ministries, from Friday 7th to Saturday 8th May, 2021.
The National Overseer, People of Faith Ministry, Bo, Pastor Andrew Koroma described the initiative of bringing the Pentecostal Churches under one roof as laudable.
“This is what we have been waiting for – for the Pentecostal Fellowship of Sierra Leone to take leadership in the regions. We are ready to embrace it in ensuring that the PFSL vision is accomplished,” he stated.
Pastor Koroma said that they are expecting greater things from PFSL Executive as what they have done for the past six months in office is amazing.
“They will do more in Jesus’ name,” he prayed.
Pastor Michael Kiangdom of the Living Word of Faith Outreach Ministries Bo, described the gathering as a privilege for them to see great men of God in their midst.
As a young pastor, he said it is the first time he has witnessed such high profile gathering, noting that the men of God have opened their eyes to many spiritual things.
General Overseer of True Vine Greater Works Ministry, Pastor Augusta Sesay, said she enjoyed the teachings which have found a rightful place in her life.
“Coming together as united body of Christ is a welcome idea. We only have one body of Christ, not divided one, therefore we have to embrace this initiative,” she said.
Rev. Harrison A.D. Abu of the Church of Pentecost, Bo District, pointed out that the kind of unity PFSL is trying to portray in the body of Christ is oneness of the Church.
“This will change the mentality and thinking of how we have been feeling. Some are of the idea that the Church they are pastoring is only limited to them and their congregations instead of getting relationships with others and work in oneness,” he noted.
Earlier, PFSL Welfare Officer, Apostle Dr. Abednego H. Kamara recalled that the journey of reaching out to their constituents started in Makeni followed by Magburuka and Kono.
“This is a visit for familiarization, impartation and teachings from different men of God that edifies the body of Christ,” he stated.
He said the gathering is for the furtherance for the Kingdom of God.
Biblical teachings were done by God’s anointed servant of PFSL Vice President – Apostle Augustine S. Kamara spoke on the topic “LEADERSHIP CHARACTER AND UNITY.”
He described a leader’s character, good or bad, as one that can inspire others to greatness or discourage them from trying.
He said in small businesses, organizations or churches, the role of leadership can’t be understated and that authentic leaders lead from a strong, personal, moral value that can have a profound effect on your organization, business, or church.
“Character is fundamental to effective leadership because good character builds trust, and without trust, people will not follow you. Without followers, obviously, one cannot lead,” he affirmed.
That military units fail when there is disorganization, poor communication, and a lack of unity. Within the church, anything that divides believers weakens us against the enemy, whether it is petty squabbles, greed, malice slander or envy.
He pointed out that the fellowship is therefore to blend all Pentecostals and Charismatics with sound biblical doctrine to earn them a voice in the nation with the slogan “you touch one you touch all.”
In his address, President of PFSL and General Overseer of Living Word of Faith Outreach Ministries International, Bishop Akintayo Sam-Jolly informed his audience that they want a formidable force which they can get through PFSL as PFSL gives them an umbrella body that covers all regions, towns and cities of Sierra Leone.
Bishop Akintayo Sam-Jolly shared his vision for PFSL which was endorsed by the executive as PFSL was established to serve the body of Christ in Sierra Leone.
Bishop Akintayo Sam-Jolly seven points vision were:
- Unity of the body
- Harnessing collective strength: Harnessing the strength of the Pentecostal and Charismatic community in Sierra Leone
- Growth and expansion: to ensure greater national impact for growth and expansion of the body
- Self – Regulation
- Visibility and stability
He emphasised that PFSL is not an individual fellowship but one that represents the Pentecostal and Charismatic community, stressing on the importance for Pastors to act on behalf of the Church.
He cited the unity that is visible in other denominations but needs to be strengthened in the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches.
He spoke about the need to have a single register that has the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches together and the importance of Churches to register with the PFSL.
Bishop Akintayo Sam-Jolly reflected on the Book of Acts 12: 1-5 how things changed when the Church came together to pray for Peter when he was imprisoned but when nothing was done Apostle James was killed.
“We must get stronger quicker because things are changing,” he called.
The PFSL President ended by encouraging his audience to always identify themselves with any Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches in the country as their church despite the names as that is a sign of oneness.