Welcome to the Personality Show where we get close and personal with the body of PENSA-KNUST. This month we meet our very own immediate past Vice President of the church, Joshua Obu (Eld.).
Who is behind Elder Joshua Obu?
The fifth of eight siblings, the affable Joshua Obu was born on the 19th of May. I reside at Enyinase in the Western Region but I hail from Somanya. I love the brethren in Christ. The fellowship of the brethren shows there is a proof heaven exists. I am affiliated to the University Hall, studying Geography and Rural Development. In first year, I was a member of the deliverance team in Prayer Force, in second year I was the Officer’s Treasurer, third year Officer’s President and final year, the Vice President.
Share with us your experience in the second cycle institution.
I attended St Mary’s Boys Senior High School in Takoradi. In Secondary School, there were lots of struggles, in times of living in total dependence on God. I learnt a lot in living in total dependence on God and it was a great fruitful experience I had.
I didn’t choose KNUST, someone bought a form for me and by God’s grace I gained admission. God spoke to me one day when I was playing on the field that I will leave home and He will send me to another place, that was when someone saw me bought a form for me and now I’m here.
Eld Joshua Obu, kindly tell us about Geography and Rural Development.
It’s an interesting course. It’s basically studying spatial phenomena, not difficult though but it is very important. Its practicality makes it interesting. It’s a real course
How has campus been from first year until you assumed office as the Vice President of PENSA-KNUST?
Campus has been good and fine. The blessing upon me has been sufficient from first year to this time. God has worked tremendously on me, improving my social life and my spiritual life, and in the way I relate to people.
How has the position of the Vice President changed you?
It has improved the way I relate to people. Lots of people are expecting things from you and I had to attend to them.
How did you combine your studies with your portfolio?
The work of God is the reason why I’m living. At every moment, the work of God is what I’m really committed to and the studies, God takes care of it.
Did you ever think you will be the Vice President of PENSA?
At a point in time, I thought of that, but then at first year I never thought of being the Vice President of PENSA.
How has the position change your life?
It has improved my social and spiritual life because God has given me the grace to accomplish His task.
What can you tell us about PENSA-KNUST?
PENSA-KNUST is a great family, made up of people willing to serve. It’s the nicest place to serve God. If you find yourself there and you are not heavenly minded then you are not really saved, you have no salvation, so therefore you have to accept Christ.
Amongst all the committees, why did you decide to choose Prayer Force Committee?
I have loved to pray all years, prayer is my hobby. It compelled me to join Prayer Force Committee but then I moved from Prayer Force to Bible Study because as the Vice President, I have to occupy the position as the head in Bible Study.
What is your take on this year’s theme and focus?
The theme and focus is basically knowing the will of God in your life; an ultimate salvation. We have to exhibit the communicable attributes of God in our lives so we portray the fruits of the spirit by abounding in good works.
Which part of the Bible really speaks to you?
The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places. Psalms 16:6 [NKJV]. Yes, I have a good inheritance. It means Jesus himself is my portion in life, He gave me free salvation as He said in Romans 8:32, that if he has given me Jesus, then He has given me everything. This has taught me that when I have Jesus, I have everything in this world because the creator of the universe is my portion.
Who is your favourite Bible character?
Paul, because he heard God calling him, he didn’t consult flesh and blood, he paid heed to the call, he suffered for the gospel, never ashamed of it. He led his life deep down the gospel. He was afflicted in many ways, upon all this he never gave up, he pressed on toward the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus, in-fact he died for the gospel.
Who inspires you?
I have a lot of people who inspire me, but the one who inspires me most is the International Missions Director of the Church; he is very humble and his humility is very spectacular. I want to be humble like him. Anyone who demonstrate the fruits of the spirit inspires me as well, the outgone Church of Pentecost Chairman, they are all humble and they inspire me.
Which sporting activity do you enjoy and what do you enjoy during your leisure time?
I can play football but then I don’t enjoy sporting activities, I love watching ministrations in my leisure time and I love seeing God save his children through the ministrations I watch.
What is your vision and mission in life?
My vision in life is to see people being saved, I have my salvation now and therefore anyone I come in contact with should be saved. My mission is to do the work of an evangelist, praying for people, leading them to the Christ, that’s the work of an evangelist as Paul said to Timothy.
How did you become born again?
I was born into the church, I accepted Christ during one revival service in church.
What should we expect from you in the next five years?
In the next five years, people should see me preaching the gospel to places no one has been before, and I should be married with at least two children
Are you in a relationship?
I’m in a relationship and very close to marriage.
What is your take on dating on campus?
If you are not ready to marry, don’t date. One who dates is someone who is physically, socially, economically and spiritually prepared to marry and it should be the will of God. Those who enter into relationship on campus should have marriage in mind. Many people mess up because of bad relationships, many lives are destroyed as well. The Bible does not talk about relationship, it talks about marriage. There is so much fornication in ungodly relationships which is a sin and therefore marriage should be the driving force in all relationships.
What do you look out for in your future spouse?
She should help me in the work of God, to reach out to people and through our union God should save more souls. She should be stunningly beautiful and demonstrate the fruit of the spirit as well.
What’s your motivation in life?
Christ the solid ground I stand and all other grounds are sinking sand that is my motivation and it’s a song; my hope is built on Jesus alone. I’m motivated by people used by God through the ministrations I watch.
Please do you have any testimony to share with us?
The testimony that baffles my mind is that God should die for me as a sinner, and that if I die today I will go to heaven which is great for me. God has been very good to me, practically God provides everything for me to the point that whilst I’m on campus I’m able to go through life without depending upon my family and that the providence of God is sufficient for me.
What improvement do you want to see in PENSA-KNUST?
The Church is the body of Christ and Christ is building us, we are being perfected, they should portray the fruits of the spirit more and be very strong in character. The improvement I want to see in the PENSA body as a church is being more like Christ and the individual in the church should be more evangelistic.
What advice do you have the youth?
My advice for the youth is that, it is our time to live for Christ. When we live for Christ, sin is not a problem because we are dead to sin. The youth should know that, now that they have fresh bloods and strength, it’s the time they have to take the work of God very seriously. They should never store their treasures on earth because it will be of no use but they should store their treasures in heaven. And that if they have the opportunity to work for God they should grasp it very well, they should know that they are ambassadors of Christ.
They shouldn’t be bothered about material things, they should live like Jesus on earth, they should do what God will be pleased of them. They should realize that failure in life is when you fail to walk in the will of God in your life, so walking in the will of God is a prerequisite for success in life. They should know Christ is coming very soon. They shouldn’t be afraid of pain or bother about what to eat what to wear, because God is their sufficient provider.
Thank you very much for your time. God bless you.