Welcome to the personality arena of PENSA-KNUST where we interact with members of the church to know more about them. We met our immediate past president in the person of Elder Adusei Bernard and he will be telling us about himself, his portfolio and the church. Relax and enjoy this read from our very own immediate past president.
Who is Elder Adusei Bernard?
I am from a family of four. I am the youngest. I was born on the 10th of April,1996. I hail from Pakyi no.2 in the Ashanti region of Ghana and I live at Odorkor. I schooled at Darkuman and Kaneshie Presby and furthered my education at Adisadel College, Cape Coast before coming to KNUST. I love music and I love to read, talk, help people and make them happy.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution?
Initially, I wanted to go to Mfantsipim because I saw the school to be cool but according to God’s own will, I ended up in Adisadel college. In first year, we met seniors who were overly strict and they made first year very tough. However, all the experiences I had have made me a much stronger person. In Adisadel, I joined PENSA in the first year and I became a member of the choir. I actively attended services. In final year, I was the vice president and also the House Compline Manager (house chaplain). Being the Vice President, I got to know God more and I also developed good interpersonal relationships.
To be frank, there was no special reason for choosing KNUST. I bought forms for both Legon and KNUST. To me, the course I had in KNUST was a better option as compared to the one I had in Legon and that was why I came to KNUST.
Elder Adusei Bernard, kindly tell us about BSc. Biological science?
It is the study of life. We study everything from plants to animals. We study how plants and animals survive, their benefits and the diseases that affect them. We study the human body as well as that of other animals and how they function. In a way, Biology is like the jack of all trades. With Biological Sciences, you can work in the laboratory, help with research work, lecture and do any job that involves biological processes. The course is very interesting but tedious.
How has campus been from first year till you assumed office as the president?
Campus has been a place for tremendous growth. Over the years, I have become a better person. I was very naive but God in His own way connected me to very good people in the music and drama committee and gave me good hall and class mates as well. I have gained a lot of experiences on campus. From first year to second year, I served as the Praise and Worship Head. The next year, I was the Music and Drama Director. I finally took office as the President in my final year. God in His own way has given me grace to help with his work and it has helped me to develop. There have been hard times but He has always provided me with the strength and wisdom I need to handle many people with different perspectives.
How were you able to effectively combine your portfolio as the president with studies?
The secret has been God’s grace. Left to my own strength, it wouldn’t have been possible. In my year as president, I doubled as the PENSA- Ghana Financial Secretary and it was a lot of work. I also wasn’t a financial literate so that made the work very though. What I did was that, I utilized the time I got very well and in that little time, His Spirit directed me.
What are some of the challenges you faced during your tenure of office?
One of my challenges during my tenure was combining the presidency with my position as the PENSA-Ghana Financial Secretary. It was a lot of work. I had to travel several times. One weekend, I travelled to Sunyani for a meeting and then continued to Cape coast to fellowship with PENSA-UCC the next morning. Almost all my classes were in the morning so I had to wake up early for lectures even when tired. There were many challenges but I was very optimistic and I think that God worked all of those challenges for my good.
How has the portfolio as the president affected your life?
It has helped me to develop spiritually. Being the president has helped me to be more tolerant and understanding because as a president you encounter different people with different views but you have to find a way of dealing equally with everybody. I have learnt to constantly plan the activities of my life and I have become more conscious of the value of time.
How did you become born again?
My parents are Christians so I can say I knew God from a tender age.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
It is a place of holistic training. The structures put in place are very good to help anyone who is willing to grow. If you are involved at the committee level, you are able to develop your talents as an individual and learn to relate with people. In the main church, the messages preached are seasoned and they are profitable for raising responsible young people.
Which committee did you belong to and why did you join that committee?
I have always been in the Music and Drama Committee. I have loved music since childhood. At a point in JHS 1, I remember I was the only male in the choir. In SHS, I was singing too. When I came to the university, I made up my mind to join only the choir and that brought me to the Music and Drama committee.
Who is your favorite member/leader in PENSA-KNUST?
I love everybody
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
Becoming like Christ: According to Romans 8:29, it’s God’s purpose that man becomes like His Son and so no matter what we find ourselves doing in life, our ultimate goal should be to become like Christ. Right from the beginning, God wanted man to become like Him. However, sin made man fall until Jesus came to restore us. Hebrews 1: 3 makes it known to us that Christ is the exact representation of God so if we want to return to God’s original purpose for us, there’s nothing else we can do but to become like His son Jesus.
Abiding in His word: Jesus Christ is the Word and for us to become like Him, we need to know who He is. We can know who He is by finding Him in the word. Besides, the word of God is the manual of God for our lives. If we don’t know the content of the manual, we cannot live to our full capacity as God’s products. It is therefore important we abide in the word in order to become like Christ.
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Paul. I like his zeal and the fact that he completely gave his life to God. He did not even mind dying for God. I like him for his confidence too and also for the fact that he saw it as an opportunity to serve God.
Who/ what inspires you?
What inspires me in life is how Christ layed down his life for an ordinary person like me. The thought of His love propels me to give my all to Him and show love to others. A good understanding of the cross, I usually say, keeps a person humble, thankful and totally dedicated to God.
What is your walk word?
“I am what I am by the grace of God” -1 Corinthians 15:10.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
I like football. I love to read. I like to read about how people think and act and I love to read about relationships too. I enjoy music during my leisure time.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vison and mission are to help people especially young people.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
To have married and started my own business.
Are you in a relationship?
No, but I have someone in mind.
What is your take on people who are single on campus and feel anxious about it?
I think that a relationship is not a thing we should rush into at all. As Christians, we can’t afford to experiment with several people. It is important we take our time and make the best decisions before we enter into relationships with marriage in mind.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
Five things- the person should love God, love people, be full of wisdom, be hardworking and beautiful.
What’s your motivational quote in life?
Philippians 1: 21, “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
Where I have come from, where God has brought me, and the hope of where God is taking me are great testimonies.
Do you have any proposal for PENSA-KNUST/ improvement you will want to see when you visit us one day?
PENSA should follow the leadings of the Holy Spirit and do whatever He asks. It is His church and He knows what is best for His church. Members should endeavor to grow holistically.
What advice do you leave with the church and what advice do you leave with the income house?
For the church, first I will say that each and every one should continue in God’s purpose for him or her- becoming like Christ. PENSA is a very good incubation place. Everyone should allow himself to grow and to be used by God. To the incomers, the gracious God is still in the business of showing mercy and grace to those who are willing to receive. I will say that, the God who lavished His grace on us is still available to lavish even more of His grace on them. Finally, what eyes have not seen, what ears haven’t heard, what no mind has conceived is what God shall do with the new house.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.