The mortal remains of Mrs. Grace Efua Mansa Darkwa Juddah, the late wife of the Odorkor Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, was laid to rest after a glorious service was held in her honour on Saturday, May 13, 2023.
The eventful service was officiated by the Chairman of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Eric Nyamekye, with support from the General Secretary, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi, and some Executive Council Members of the Church, namely, Apostles Samuel Osei Asante, Isaac Nii Kotei Djani, Mike Etrue, Vincent Anane Denteh, and Prophet David Kankam Beditor.
Also in attendance were Apostle Prof. Opoku Onyinah Rtd. (Immediate-past Chairman), Apostle Samuel Gyau Obuobi (General Secretary-Elect and Asamankese Area Head), Apostle James Kwabena Asare (Kasoa Area Head), Apostle Dr. Christian Tsekpoe (Department Head of the Pentecost School of Theology and Mission at Pentecost University and Resident Minister for A-Lang Worship Centre), and a mammoth gathering of active and retired ministers, ministers’ wives, officers, members, relatives, and other sympathisers who had come from far and near to the Maranatha University College Park to pay their last respects to the departed minister’s wife.
It was indeed a glorious sight to behold as traditional rulers, clad in their regalia, showed up in great numbers to pay their respects to the late Mrs. Juddah.
Delivering a sermon titled “A Glorious Welcome” at the event, Apostle James Asare said that it does not matter how one leaves the earth, but what is certain is that every Christian will receive a glorious welcome in heaven.
With scripture reference to Luke 16:22, Apostle Asare revealed that there are only two destinations in eternity (life after death): a flight to heaven or hell.
He further noted that three facts remain: no matter one’s achievements, everyone will die; secondly, Jesus is the only way to heaven; and thirdly, one cannot miss heaven and miss hell.
“It does not matter where and how you depart; you are bound to arrive at these two destinations: heaven or hell,” he said.
According to him, what makes the arrival of believers in heaven a glorious one is that God knows when they are coming home, since He is the one who calls them home. This means that their arrival does not take Him by surprise, he said.
He also noted that the heavenly welcome is glorious because there is a massive preparation in place as Jesus promised that He is going to prepare a place for believers.
“Another reason why our welcome will be glorious is that the heavens become happy when the righteous return home from their earthly toils,” he added.
Concluding his sermon, the Kasoa Area Head said that it does not matter the physical condition in which Christians depart (whether fit or unfit) because they will receive a glorious body on their glorious return.
He, therefore, called on all who are yet to accept Christ to do so in order to experience this heavenly welcome.
He also encouraged the bereaved family and sympathisers to take solace from the fact that the late Mrs. Juddah is in a better place and is receiving a glorious welcome.
Survived by a husband and four children, Mrs. Grace Juddah and her husband, Apostle Isaac Tetteh Juddah, accepted the call to join the full-time ministry of The Church of Pentecost in 2001. They served in the following districts: Tanoso, Tamale, Pentecost International Worship Centre, and New Tafo (PIWC-New Tafo). After their service in these districts, they were called into missions and stationed in Zimbabwe for five years. In 2017, they were recalled from missions and stationed at Oyarifa.
During their time at Oyarifa District, they were appointed as Area Head and later transferred to the Sogakope Area in 2018. In 2022, they were reassigned to the Odorkor Area, where they served before Mrs. Juddah’s passing.
A tribute by the General Council of The Church of Pentecost, read by Apostle Nii Kotei Djani, described Mrs. Grace Juddah as “a devoted partner in the Lord’s vineyard.”
The tribute also acknowledged her remarkable contributions to God and the Church, stating that her passing was a blow to everyone who knew her.
“Despite facing adversity, she remained a resilient soldier of the Cross, serving God until her last breath,” it read.