The Women’s Ministry of International Central Gospel Church, ICGC, also known as the Precious Vessels of Virtue, PVV in the Ashanti, Bono and Ahafo Regions have held the fourth biennial conference in Kumasi.
The purpose of the conference was to equip women in the church with pearls of wisdom and reorient them to better realise their role in the church, to be much aware of their responsibilities as women and also become assertive to make a positive impact in society.
Addressing participants at the opening ceremony of the conference, the Regional President of the Women’s Ministry, Lady Mrs Millicent Abu Baidoo underscored the need for participants to have an undeviating objective and purpose of participating in this year’s conference.
According to her, women have an accentuating Godly responsibility particularly in the church and in their various homes to ensure that society becomes a better place to live in.
Declaring the conference officially opened, the President of the PVV urged all participants to be focused and prepare their hearts to receive a divine touch from God, and what they desire to have so they could leave the conference better women and to positively influence society.
The conference which is the brainchild of the Regional President, Lady Mrs Millicent Abu Baidoo who is also the First Lady of ICGC Trinity Temple in Kumasi, started eight years ago.
Lady Mrs Millicent Abu Baidoo, Regional President of PVV, First Lady of ICGC Trinity Temple addressing participants during the opening ceremony
This year’s edition, the fourth in the series themed, “Pearls of Wisdom, the story of Abigail” drawn from 1st Samuel Chapter 25.
Participants were from the various temples of all ICGC churches within Ashanti, Bono and Ahafo Regions.
To better arm participants on the chosen theme, seasoned speakers and pastors were carefully selected to really edify participants on the pearls of wisdom.
The District Supervising Minister of Obuasi who is also the Senior Pastor of Shiloh Temple, Rev. Sylvanus Adjei Brown, who spoke on the topic “Ascending to your throne and staying enthroned” took participants through the elements of being a complete woman in the sight of God.
According to him, possessing beauty alone is not enough and that women must seek Godly wisdom to make them complete women. “If you want to enjoy the Grace of God, do what He tells you”, he stressed.
He further advised women not to take the position God has given them for granted.
He added that beauty plus glory make women more beautiful and valuable “charm is deceitful, beauty is vain but the woman who fears God will be rewarded.”
Participants were taken through other topics like, “The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom” by Pastor Mrs Agnes Odoi, “Christ, the Power of God, the Wisdom of God” by Minister Raphael Owusu Antwi and Nuggets of Financial Wisdom by Ms Aisha Tiwaa Gyasi.
Participants organized fun games as the Bible talks about a sound mind living in a sound body and crowned it all with a dinner, awards night and a thanksgiving service administered by the Regional Overseer of Ashanti, Bono and Ahafo Regions, Rev. John Abu Baidoo.
The Chief Coordinator of the event Mrs Vivian Odametey tells newsmen that she was overwhelmed by the participation of this year’s conference.
Mrs Odametey added it gives her the fulfilment and only hopes that the knowledge they have acquired will be used to influence society positively. She, therefore, anticipates an improvement in the next conference in 2021.
The Precious Vessels of Virtue, PVV is a life-impacting ministry to women, by women and with women focusing on the transformation of their hearts resulting in living the victorious lives of Godly women.
It also serves as the women’s wing of the church and is headed by the First Lady of ICGC, Lady Mrs Joy Otabil as its President and supported by an Executive’s Board of noblewomen.
PVV in Ashanti, Bono and Ahafo Regions organise the biennial conference. The conference provides participants with an opportunity to release burdens, build new personal relationships, and deepen their walk with Christ and eventually become better women to their husbands, children the church and the society as a whole.