Welcome to your weekly personality show where we are up close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. Today we meet a noble gentleman from the Prayer Force Committee, relax, read and enjoy what he has to share with us.
Who is behind Deacon Gabriel?
Gabriel Agyare is my name. I’m in a family of four, the last born of my parents. I reside at Aburi, well noted as the small London of Ghana, in the Eastern Region. I was born on 23rd November 1993 . I had my primary education at Wisdom Divine Academy and furthered on to Adonten Secondary School in Aburi. I’m in my final year now, studying Political Science. I am an affiliate of the University Hall but currently at Kanam executive building room 10. The mantle of being the prayer secretary of PENSA-KNUST was handed over just recently .Guess what? I was the senior boys prefect.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution
Initially Adonten wasn’t part of the plan, not because I didn’t pass well, I did very well in BECE. So in the first year anytime I went to school I shed tears, calling home that I didn’t like the school, but my parents told me I had to go to Adonten or no school. At that point, I realized I had no choice but to stay and focus on a different thing. I’m very sure it was the will of God for me to be there because I saw many things that have really shaped my life today. This is because it was in this same school that I became born again though I was a church boy. From there my whole life changed, I became a new person. I began to see improvements in my life; I started preaching the very first day I became born again. And in this same place I became very close to God because of the friends I had around. Due to the change in lifestyle and character, by God’s grace I became the SRC President and the Senior Boys prefect in final year.
KNUST was everything for me. Way back in secondary school we had a group of people called ‘Tech Boys’. Not because of any peculiar reason but just that we wanted to associate ourselves with Tech people. I also wanted to be far away from home because we had stayed at one place for so long.
Deacon Gabriel, kindly tell us about Political Science.
From childhood, I had this dream of becoming a politician in future. I started nursing it in both basic and secondary school, thus, I ended up becoming the senior prefect in both basic and secondary school as well. Way back in secondary school I wanted to do something related to politics so I would just move into politics straight from there.
How has campus been from first to final year?
I will say first year to final year has a lot of experiences for me, I wanted to come to school to make impact for God. So, I started that in first year with so many things up to final year. Because of many activities of the church I was always stressed having ministrations and other activities. I hardly find time for other social activities.
What is your take on the structure of PENSA-KNUST?
The structure, I will say is in one of the best structures you will ever find in any university denominational structure. Because we have the executive board overseeing every activity of the group and the LCC workers help the executive board.
The structure of the committees is very important because everyone has a committee that he feels part of as a family and in this committee; we have the chance to learn and do something for the church as a whole. There is order and respect with the structure since you can’t jump from one place to the other.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Prayer Committee?
I was initially in Prayer Force and Evangelism Committee in first year but then later on in final year I became the Prayer Secretary for Prayer Force Committee. Prayer Force is a nice family to be part of where you meet people who are on fire and zealous for God, who love to pray. I have never seen a group of people so zealous for the things of God.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
As a member of the executive team that brought about this theme and focus. We saw the need to have a theme that would be a continuation of the previous theme, Perfecting Holiness and Standing Firm in Christ. Bible says that this is the will of God for us to live a sanctified life (1 Thessalonians 4:3 says …for this is the will of God even your sanctification that you should abstain from fornication). To be a group of people that God is pleased with us, we need to walk in his will and this will is found in Jesus Christ and the will of God will lead us to abounding in good works. Some of this good works we have so much talked about; winning souls, making intercessions for unsaved souls, missions, visiting orphanage homes and caring for the needy. Good works is meant for everyone who has come to accept Jesus Christ.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
Acts 6:4 and it says “We will give ourselves continually to prayer, in the ministry of the word.”
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Jesus Christ, I want to be just like him; his personality and character. But then in the sense of man I would take David. For every anointed person in the kingdom of our God is a worshipper and a lover of our of God and I see that in David.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
I love reading Christian literature in my free time. I like football and every aspect of football: the playing and the watching of it. I am also a strong Liverpool fan.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My mission is to win more souls, establish them in Christ and prepare them for heaven and because of this, I love people. My vision is to see myself making tremendous impact on everybody in the world.
How did you become born again?
My born again experience started when I found a book by Bishop Dag Heward-Mills with the title ‘Reasons Why You Are Not Born Again’. From there I realized I wasn’t born again so I said the sinner’s prayer on my own and after that night I started preaching to my colleagues everywhere I found myself.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
Personally, I would like to be done with my PhD in International Politics but it is not guaranteed because I know that the pressure of full time ministry is calling and because I am not of my own, I’m sure it’s very likely I would be in full time ministry in the Church of Pentecost.
Are you in a relationship?
What is your take on dating on campus?
Dating is not bad but it depends on how you relate with the opposite sex. Some people tend to improve in some aspects of life when they are in relationships. The relationship should also be built on Christ because the bible says that no other good foundation except that which Christ has built.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
So much! The “very most important” one is that she must be a God-fearing person whose life is based on the word of God. The person must be very mission oriented and have the ability to be left alone since I trust that I would be travelling a lot. The person must be very beautiful both inside and outside. She should also be a lover people and children.
What’s your motivation in life?
My uttermost motivation first has come from Jesus, my savior. My mom is my second motivation and last motivation comes from gospel musicians such as Ohemaa Mercy, Travis Greene, Jeann Johnson and Joe Mettle.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
My life is a living testimony because my mom always tells me I wasn’t part of the plan of how they wanted to give birth, but then in the plan of God I am not a mistake because I have become an integral part of the family in decision making and other situations. I’m living under a certain kind of grace where I don’t struggle for things at all.
What improvement do you want to see in PENSA- KNUST?
To the Ladies’ Wing: I want to see more ladies coming out from shells and working to their highest potentials. There should be a structure where everybody gets a committee to be part of. We should focus so much on the secondary schools around.
What advice do you have the youth?
First to the executives; they should be humble, so as to avail themselves for the members and to know that they are there to help the members. To the church; we should pray more, study more of God’s word and prepare ourselves for the second coming of Christ.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.