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January 2017
Ghana

Saved to serve in Ghana

My life was dominated by alcohol for 30 years. I had a promising career as a professional footballer and worked in my father’s business. I married Jennifer and had three children. Everything looked rosy. But, over a period of eight years, I went from social drinker to alcoholic, drinking on public park benches, sharing bottles with other alcoholics, sleeping rough in derelict houses and stealing to get more drink. Rock bottom It’s still hard to believe I gave up all the good things for uncountable nights in police cells, mental hospitals, drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinics and eventually prison. It was during one of my...

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September 2014
Ghana

PTI in Ghana

From 27 June to 11 July, Daniel Grimwade, one of the pastors of Dewsbury Evangelical Church, spent two weeks in Ghana with Ivan Watson, from Cavan Baptist Church, Southern Ireland. They travelled to Ghana to attend a preaching conference organised by Pastor Training International (PTI). PTI is a UK registered charity, established in 2004, that supports pastors who have had little or no training and yet are responsible for the oversight of their congregations. The organisation works mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, although their ministry activities are now expanding to areas in Asia and Eastern Europe. Ghana has an estimated population of 25 million; 71 per...

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October 2009
Ghana

Missionary Spotlight – Church history

Church history   Protestant missions to Guinea began in 1918 when the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) entered the country. Other missions entered in the ensuing years but were expelled without exception in 1967 by the Marxist government.      Only eight CMA personnel were allowed to remain, and their activities were restricted. As a child, President Sekou Touré had positive contact with the CMA, which no doubt influenced his government’s decision to allow some of the mission to remain.      Mission Philafricaine, a medical centre for treatment of TB, leprosy and other diseases, was the only other ministry allowed to enter Guinea until the change...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Committed to the truth
April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Committed to the truth

I recently had the privilege of travelling to Ghana to witness first-hand the labours and endeavours of our good Christian brothers and sisters in that land. Ghana is a West African country that is facing the same poverty of true religion that we are in the USA. We are pitted against many of the same foes. The Muslim population is on the increase in that land as it is throughout the world, while Ghana has multitudes following charlatans that promise health, wealth and success. As one drives through the city, the most prominent religious institutions are the mosques and the many massive buildings of the...

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April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Area:92,100 square miles. Neighbours: Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo. Environment: The terrain of Ghana consists mainly of low-lying plains with a central southern plateau. There are savannah grasslands in the north and farmland and forest in the south. It has the world’s largest man-made lake – Lake Volta. Population: 21.5 million. Infant mortality: 48 deaths/1,000 live births. Life expectancy: 56 years. Ethnic groups: About 100 ethnic groups, belonging to the Kwa 71%, Gur 25.5%, Mande 1%; and others (including Fulbe, European, and refugees from Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire) 2.5%. Languages: English (official); African languages. Literacy: Male 83%, female 67%. Capital: Accra (2.25 million). Other...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Ghana’s Christian legacy
April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Ghana’s Christian legacy

Christianity has existed in Ghana for over 170 years and has contributed in no small way to the development of Ghanaian society and the well-being of its people.   The first Basel and Bremen Presbyterian missionaries believed that without education it was difficult to preach the gospel effectively. Nor could there be indigenous, self-supporting churches unless church members had employable skills. Therefore, from the beginning, gospel preaching was accompanied by educational and vocational training.   Schools   The church in Ghana was the first agency to establish educational, agricultural, trade and medical services. In 1949 it had 2165 primary and middle schools, compared to 1592...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- Problems and challenges in Ghana
April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- Problems and challenges in Ghana

There are many churches in Ghana, especially in the urban areas of the south. Here one can find a church nearly every two hundred metres. Over 60% of the population claim to be Christian, and yet the real church (of born-again believers) constitutes less than 2%.   This low figure is surprising against a backdrop of so many churches, but few of these churches preach the gospel, and it is hard to find real believers in them. Many people know the biblical clichés and phrases, but have been lulled into a state of spiritual complacency and slumber.   True churches   Even amongst believers there...

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