Welcome to the personality show where we get close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. This month we meet our very own former president. Relax, read and enjoy what he has to share with us.
Who is behind Elder Joshua Avornyo?
I am Joshua Avornyo, a final year Electrical Engineering student, 12th June, 1996 was when I was born, the first of 5 children, I live at Tema, Community 18. A proud member of the Church of Pentecost, F. E. Antwi Memorial Temple. I had my basic school at Lam International and Saps, then Bethel Christian Institute for JHS. I then moved to Presbyterian Boys’ Legon and now by the grace of God I’m here. I’m an easy going and has sanphlem (sanguine –phlegmatic) as my personality. I like making friends, talking about God and sports. I support Real Madrid and I always want to make people around me happy.
Share with us your experience in the Presbyterian Boys.
In PRESEC, I was kind of a bookworm, this influenced my whole lifestyle. I was a NSMQ member. There were a few downtimes, when I let the whole school down, failing to win my first contest on 28th June 2014. I wasn’t really active in PENSA when I was in Legon, I usually went for the last service for the term.
I remember I was running home, when I met this teacher, he grabbed me by the hand and got me weeding all day. Aside that I won the “What do you know” Competition on Atomic and Nuclear Energy and also a spiritual training I received from the school helped me so much, not forgetting the hymnal; the best gift I received from the school.
In JHS I felt I loved Maths with the idea of Accounting. Seeking advice from my mentors, I realized the passion for Math was related to Electrical Engineering. When I got to PRESEC, most of my friends loved medicine but then I didn’t really like it. The plan was to attend Legon, choosing Radiology and other courses. But then I bought tech forms with my NovDec results, choosing Medicine which I didn’t like and Electrical Engineering where my passion was. God being so good, I happened to gain admission to KNUST to offer Electrical Engineering.
Eld. Joshua Avornyo, kindly tell us about Electrical Engineering.
Electrical Engineering is the most flexible, lovable and most understandable. It is the mother of telecom, computer biomedical and even electric engineering. It has to do with the generation of power, its transmission, distribution and how consumers use it. So the end usability of electricity has to do with the production of gadgets and all kinds of electronic and electrical devices.
How has campus been from first year until you assumed office as the president of PENSA-KNUST?
Campus is like a fantasy world, where you don’t think of anything. Where you have about 4000 people, having similar visions, the same age group. It hasn’t been easy. I started knowing nothing, which I didn’t know. Steadily both the classroom and church taught me stuff I didn’t know, the network of people I was building taught me stuff I didn’t know too. From first year to the time of presidency, it was so cool, so adventurous, there wasn’t any day you’d wake up and know what the day had for you.
How has the position of the president changed you?
First of all, it has given me a bigger view of the church and campus, you sleep and wake one morning responding to greetings, has made me more open and more welcoming. Spiritual wise, it has taught me to pray for people in my closet, moments where you can’t sleep because the burden is so heavy, until you pray, nothing permits you to sleep. And also, the hem of affairs, every decision taken about the school authorities seem to concern you. You never cease going a day without anticipating the next decision we are moving under. This made me more informed, making me seek information more
How did you combine studies with your portfolio?
There is a hearsay, that if you have a portfolio you can’t study, it then it takes discipline to do that. There is so much grace in every office, our father is the father of all grace. Not to say the work has been easy combing the two, when I drop in the midsem I know it’s my inability to efficiently utilize the grace of God, but then when I excel in any paper I know it’s by the grace of God and nothing more.
What were your favourite and least favourite moments as the President of PENSA?
Least favourite was the midweek my phone got stolen. My favourite was Fundraising Sunday. I realized the presence of God was so tangible, young men and women honouring God with their substance. I had never seen anything like that in my entire 21 years on earth. After the minister delivered, I told the church” wow, you guy are crazy men!”
Name some of the challenges in your tenure of office and how were you able to overcome them
First, the absence of a bus made meeting for service at building site very difficult. Though service at Africa wasn’t so comfortable we had no choice.
It was about the time of Drama Praise when VC said no organization should have a program at Great Hall, leaving us only with Royal Parade Grounds. On that faithful day, it rained and we had to prematurely pause the program, we were torn between calling it off or resuming the next day. We met as executives to decide on whether to cancel or continue regarding the cost. It wasn’t easy at all, we called the necessary stakeholders, telling them it’ll come on the next morning, and for the first time ever in the history of PENSA-KNUST, we had a 2-day drama praise.
During my tenure of office, finances was never an issue, even during times we didn’t have, we knew God will provide. Most of the money we had come from our own members.
How do you see PENSA-KNUST?
PENSA is a designed contemporary model for churning out leaders who impact every walk of life in these end times. Myself being a testimony
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Music and Drama Committee?
I had passion for music, I was so desperate to learn and understand everything it entails.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
First of all, the theme should help you achieve the focus, So Walking In The Will of God automatically causes you to abound in God works. I realized, speaking of the Christian teachings, we don’t speak on the basic thing the church does. In the last verse of James 1, it says that for this is pure religion: catering for the orphans and the widows. The first believing church, made sure they obeyed this principle thus showing forth their faith through their deeds. And great men of God like George Whitefield and Charles Spurgeon established needy homes, orphanage centers to show that the church is also there to meet the needs of humans. And I believe in these times, the principle is no different, the best way for men to see the glory of God is through our good works. In these end times, I believe our sole mandate is to do out masters will, make our light shine brightly and cause men to see the glory of God.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
Songs of Solomon
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Peter, he was so strong willed, at a point he denied Jesus, after Jesus died he went back to fish as though Jesus never lived. Amazingly, Jesus at a point in time called him Satan. Some pages down the Bible, we see Peter causing the lame to walk, healing people with shadow and mightily proclaiming the name and salvation of Jesus. I wonder what could have been the transformation point. I realized that carefully studying, it was the Holy Spirit and the transforming power. So likewise, amidst all my weaknesses as a man and a descendant of Adam, if I allow the Holy Spirit to in dwell me, rest upon me and take full control of me, I will be a mighty tool in the hands of Jehovah. Thus making Peter, the Bible character I can easily relate to.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
Soccer. I read Christian literature, watch soccer and check latest news in all facets
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vision and mission in life to glorify God everywhere I find myself, even if it will cost me.
How did you become born again?
It was in PRESEC, a revival a week before we wrote WASSCE in March 2014, the man of God lifted a song, ‘love divine love divine all love excelling’. It got to a point in the song where it said ‘visit us with thy salvation and enter every trembling heart…’ when I got on my knees with my hymnal in my hand. In the PRESEC Assembly Hall, I told God, I give my life to him once again and that he should help me live for Him.
What should we expect from you in the next 5 years?
In the next 5 years, I should be wonderfully married and expecting a baby girl and also be working at a power electronic lab, designing electric and electronic devices. I should be a music director of a choir and also having a Christian website.
Are you in a relationship?
What is your take on dating on campus?
There is nothing wrong with dating on campus but it is inclined to cause more harm than good because of the exuberance and adventurous nature as youth fueled by the excess freedom and proximity available on campus. But then if the relationship is well oiled by the love of God and the people keep up to Godly standards, the relationship is bound to end up in marriage.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
God-fearing, she should be a disciplinarian because I am stubborn and I know I will have stubborn kids as well. She should be creative and above all share the same mission and vision as I do
What’s your motivation in life and as the President of PENSA-KNUST?
As, president, I had not done anything that merited a call so if I was actually called into the office, then it means there was a higher being dialing my number.
Eternity is a breath away, glorify God while you can is my general motivation in life
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
I am a living testimony
What have you learnt from your tenure of office that will live on even as you’ve handed over?
The lesson I learnt is, if you don’t understand what God is doing in your life just shut up.
What improvement do you want to see in PENSA- KNUST?
The habit of reading wide and writing more
What advice do you have the church as you now take your leave to face the world?
We are all one body of Christ and we are all maturing as we are waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus. But till He appears, let us not forget we are still humans and the body of Christ is the society, humans with weaknesses and flaws. The only way we can remain one as different members of the body of Christ is when we come to a place of forgiveness and allow the oil of love to absorb any heat that will resolve from the friction between any two members of the body of Christ. Let Love Lead.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.