Bishop Annor -Yeboah Laid To Rest

The pallbearers carrying the body of the late Prof.Annor-Yeboah to the cemetary.Photo.Ebo GormanBishop Professor Augustine  Annor-Yeboah, Founder  and Presiding Bishop of the Christian Praise International Centre (CPIC), was laid to rest on Saturday in Accra, after more than  30 years of dedicated service of promoting the gospel  in the  country. He was 64.

Hundreds of people from all walks of life, including the clergy, chiefs and representatives of some of the political parties, thronged the forecourt of the State House to pay their last respect to the respected man of God, who had impacted the nation through preaching  the word of God.

As early as 6 a.m, family members, friends, loved ones and sympathisers, particulary  members of CPIC  across the country,   clad in white clothes embossed  with his picture, started trooping to the funeral ground to witness the ceremony forming part of the final journey of the man of God,  who left  the Christ Apostolic Church International  of which he was the Chairman, for many years; to form his own church.

In a sombre mood,   sympathisers including Ministers of State, Ministers of the Gospel, members of and representatives of some  political parties,  filed past the white  casket containing  to bid him farewell.

The CPIC Mass Choir and  DSP  Kofi Sarpong  provided melodious tunes, which sent  the church members and sympathisers  weeping uncontrollably over the unexpected  demise of their  beloved pastor,  who influenced and impacted positively on  their lives.

Mrs Rebecca Cecilia Annor-Yeboah, in a tribute, eulogised her husband  for his  selflessness,  commitment to the word of God and his passion for the vulnerable and needy in society.

She said her husband was caring and  never ”lacked anything” since they joined in holy matrimony decades ago.

”You were my confidant, my soul mate, my better half…my everything.  Words cannot express the vacuum you’ve left in my heart,” Mrs Annor-Yeboah said, ”My darling Kwabena, I miss you terribly!  You are gone but not forgotten, your memory lives on in my heart till we meet again,” she added.

His children in their tribute, described him as  a ”hero, and a  ”protector.”

They said their daddy loved God and would always attend church “even if none us is willing to go with him. He was our spiritual guide and always advised us to lean on the power of God.”

According  to them,  their father was strong-willed and  irrespective of the adversaries he faced, he fought what others thought was impossible.

”We are proud of you daddy. You shamed all your enemies and critics by achieving what they deemed impossible.  You left a profound legacy and stood for the truth. That’s something your adversaries can never achieve,” they said.

The CPIC Apostolic Council in theirs, described their late leader ” as a teacher, a motivator, evangelist and a visionary leader.

He inculcated in us the spirit of leadership, knowledge, bravery and most importantly, the can-do spirit.”

Bishop Charles Agyin-Asare of the Perez Chapel International (PCI) who preached the sermon, urged the wife, children, family members and sympathisers of the late Bishop to be consoled the fact that he ”was resting in the bosom of God.”

He said  the late Prof Annor-Yeboah  accepted Jesus Christ as his personal saviour and worked tirelessly to promote the Kingdom of God.

Bishop Agyin-Asare urged the citizenry to accept Jesus Christ as their personal saviour so that they could taste the cup of salvation while alive.

The late Prof Annor-Yeboah passed on to glory in the early hours of Thursday, June 26, 2014 after a short illness.

As part of the memorial service, his maiden book ”The Loving Kindness of God,” was launched in his memory.

By Kingsley Asare

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