Welcome to the personality show where we get close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. This month we meet our very own member from Prayer Committee offering B.A Economics. Let’s get inspired by what he has for us.
Who is behind Atiah Charles Awinbe?
I am the second of eight children. I am from a traditional area called Kopella in the Upper East region. I started my Junior High education at Gore Junior High school in 2009 and completed my Senior High education at Zuarungu Senior High and finally had admission to KNUST in 2016. I am about 80% melancholic and some percentage of a sanguine. I was born on 28th September, 1991.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution.
I just went there as a village boy, with some kind of fear and as part of my temperamental trait, I found it difficult making friends then. I really participated so much in Christian activities, specifically PENSA activities. This actually helped me to improve upon my relationship with God. I was academically good. Due to God’s glory, after my first year I was made the assistant prayer secretary in PENSA and in final year, I was made the prayer secretary and also the prayer head for all the denominations.
I never thought of coming to the university, I actually applied for College of Education, St. John Bosco, Navrongo, but due to the results I had, the head of academics called me to apply for MasterCard scholarship at KNUST, unfortunately I didn’t get the scholarship. I was given the less endowed admission and that brought me here.
Atiah Charles Awinbe, kindly tell us about B.A Economics?
Economics is a very good course I loved since SHS. It entails both Mathematics and theoretical aspect of examining economic variables. With this course, I am really challenged to see the pot holes of Ghanaians economy being filled. It also entails research and using statistical methods to estimate future possibility of economics shocks.
How has campus been from first year to third year?
In first year, I faced some difficulties, especially the financial aspect but from second year, by the grace of God, I have everything at my disposal. PENSA has also really inspired me, basically in relationship; in terms of making friends. Academically, first year, I didn’t meet what I was expecting, but from second year I started seeing some improvement in my academics.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
It is a good family to live with. We always have programs that are spiritually inspiring and also socially, we are being encouraged to build friendship in order to help each other in terms of diversity of life. It’s here that I got to understand things better in terms of the word of God.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Prayer committee?
I started in prayer because coming from a traditional home, you need to be prayerful. I have enjoyed praying since I got born again in 2005. Praying is really my interest and that influenced me to choose prayer force committee. Basically, I can say I am an intercessor because when I go out praying for myself, I end up praying for others and it will be convenient to join the army of God to stand for the church of God in prayers.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Becoming like Christ:The theme inspires me in so many ways. I am challenged to portray the real character of Christ and this is the mark of every Christian that Paul said that look unto me and imitate me as I imitate Christ. As children of God, if we come to the full measure of Christ’s character, our living alone will speak to the world not even our speech.
Abiding in His Word:Abiding in the Word means abiding in Christ Himself. In overview, the theme inspires us to see Jesus in the word of God and have our living in the word as we practice the word.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
2 Samuel 22:3:“The God of my rock in Him will I trust. He is my silt and the horn of my salvation, thou savest my soul from violence”.
Who is your favouriteBible character?
David. I love this man because of the way he lived with God and not because he is perfect. Also, his genuine relationship with God and having the heart of worship. He always strived to hear from God before he acts and he sees everything about his life as the victory from God. He doesn’t act when God says don’t act but he always comes to God with a broken heart anytime God made him known of his downfall. (Psalms 50).
Who is your favorite member/leader in PENSA-KNUST?
Currently, I admire Elder Obo, the Vice President. I don’t think he knows about this because I don’t go so close to leaders. Eventually, the way he has passion for the lost souls makes me admire him.
Who inspires you?
Apostle Amos Jimmy Markin, who was then an area head in PENSA, Upper East region. Always, this man has passion for the youth to arise for the gospel to be preached to the lost.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
I enjoy football and I listen to Christian music especially the theme songs during my leisure time and I read Christian literatures during my leisure time as well.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vision for life is to be a teacher; in terms of inspiring others to do what is to be done.
My mission is to have contact with people who have this experience so I will get the right basics to complete the task ahead of me. I believe in inspiring many people doing one thing than only one doing that same thing.
How did you become born again?
The first church I attended was Assemblies of God and unfortunately, I fell sick after my first day at the church. My father as a traditionalist told me that because I went to church that was why I fell sick. So, I stopped the church, until Church of Pentecost came to my area to have a crusade. I saw the youth dancing and I was attracted to the dancing. Though I actually didn’t catch the vision of the word but I accepted Christ that day.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
I should be done with my masters by then. Obviously married with one or two children and at that time I should be in the business of soul winning.
Are you in a relationship?
What is your take on people who are single on campus and feel anxious about it?
In fact, it is a serious thing that I should help tackle. To be in a relationship, it isn’t something bad but the things entailed in it needs someone who is matured especially spiritually and financially and has a good standard social relationship. The youth whoare anxious to go into dating should just take their minds away from try and error.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
Specifically, she should be a God-fearing person and someone who is socially good to manage a family.
What’s your motivational quote in life?
It doesn’t matter where you come from but where you are going.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
My salvation is by grace and I have seen that it is actually the divine hands of God which is upon me.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you want to see?
Actually, in PENSA, most of the things being done are okay but as an off-campus worker for two years, I think the church should encourage the ladies to participate in the area level activities and to be so hospitable.
What advice do you have for the youth?
We live in a sinful world and as a youth, we need to focus on our identity with Christ and also be focused on the Maranatha word. This is the time we are so strong in every direction and our strength can be used to do something which will glorify God or things that will really disgrace the body of Christ. So, we should be careful with our youthful flesh.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you too.