Children and/or Youth
Gifty Anti Okyere is a youth leader, university lecturer, and a Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering delegation leader.
When did you trust Christ?
I was born into a Christian family and grew up attending the Church of Pentecost. I attended the children’s ministry service every Sunday morning from age two until age thirteen when I transferred to the teenage class. On February 5, 1995, I publicly affirmed my belief in the Lord Jesus Christ by accepting Him as my Lord and personal Savior. Subsequently I was baptized by immersion in June 1996.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
My mom was a dedicated Christian who really impacted my faith in so many ways. She taught my siblings and I to pray and gave us Bible reading assignments to help us fall in love with scripture. Growing up, my involvement in Christian groups on my secondary and university campuses sharpened the Holy Spirit giftings in me. I was able to demonstrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit in my actions and behaviors on campus. The Lausanne Movement has also impacted my Christian faith so much. As a leader of the Ghanaian delegation to the 2016 Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta, my Ministry was totally changed and I saw the need to identify the hand of God in every situation I find myself in.
Why do you want to attend the Forum?
The European Leadership Forum will benefit my ministry greatly because I will be equipped and resourced to share the gospel and to evangelize my nation. Also, my selected Network group will provide me with specialized training and mentorship in my specific ministry and calling.
What is your ministry?
I am in charge of the mobilization of the women and youth in my church, as well as the training and empowerment of children. I am a university lecturer and provide pastoral care to my students. I was recently part of the Lausanne Global Workplace Forum in Manila.
What are your past leadership roles?
In 2004, whiles a student at the university, I was appointed a member of the Greater Accra Sectorial Committee of the Inter-Tertiary Institutions, a position I held even after I completed my university studies until 2011 when my husband was called to full time ministry. In 2011, I was appointed a member of the Chiefs and Queens Conference Committee of Pentecost Men’s Ministry (PEMEM). I was a Mathematics/ICT/Hostel Tutor of the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College in Tema-Ghana for six years. As a hostel tutor, I was in charge of providing pastoral care for the students of whom 50% were Foreigners and also orphans. By the grace of God, I was able to impact the students positively and also won many for Christ. In 2016, I led the Ghana delegation to the Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jakarta. Also, in 2017, I served as a member of the Coordinating Team for the Lausanne Younger Leaders Generation.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
The potential of youth, children, and women are undoubtable. Youth are very innovative with many giftings and talents. Investing in and impacting youth, children, and women will go a long way towards impacting lives for God’s Kingdom.