Ghana

Ghana was the first sub-Saharan nation to break free from colonial rule. Gold, cocoa, and oil have helped fuel their economy. Ghanaian culture has historically kept its languages alive through oral traditions. Through non-traditional writing, the Akan people in Ghana use a form of symbolic depiction known as Adinkra. These designs represent complex concepts, like proverbs and overarching theories, rather than single words.

KEY CHALLENGES

One in every five children in Ghana experiences stunted growth caused by inadequate nourishment, frequent illness, and an unhealthy environment. Superstition is woven into the core and fabric of traditional African beliefs. It makes people slaves to fear and keeps them in bondage. In the northern regions of Ghana, along the bottom of the Sahara Desert, there is a stark cultural contrast and frequent violence between the Muslim and Christian communities.

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our approach

We were never intended to live in poverty, divided against one another, with little hope for peace. In the Kingdom of God, poverty, violence, division, and hopelessness will not exist. We think that the Church is God’s primary transforming agent in the world. The local church is there to make its community more like the Kingdom of God.

Read on to learn how communities are being transformed in Ghana.

Our partners

We have two partnerships in Ghana.

Mission ONE has been working in West Africa since 2006 through our trusted partners at African Evangelical Christian Mission (AECM), led by Joseph and Gracia Ayigah. AECM focuses on discipleship, pastoral care through relationships, walking with broken families, and freedom from bondage through Christ. Through the local church, they have been able to establish schools and clinics to meet the needs of the community.

Our partnering organization in North Africa have served over 40,000 individuals in need of dental and optical care. Their entire team of trained medical professionals are also coordinating regular discipleship trainings to meet the physical and spiritual needs of their community. By hosting these trainings in the local villages, they have created an approachable setting for people to hear and interact with the gospel. Mission ONE has partnered with the North Africa team since 2016.

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PROJECTS

Gozem Car Rental- A rental car business is meeting a local need for safe transport and supporting local ministry projects through the profits.

Education - Our partners have established a school, a clinic, and a church, which serve the community mentally, physically, and spiritually. They are also helping the community grow their capacity to move out of poverty and into their God-given potential. They train pastors and missionaries through an extensive network of local churches and emphasize freedom from bondage through Christ. 

Gospel Context

West Africa is a meeting point of different religions. Islam, Tribal religions, and Christianity all exist in the region, and often not peacefully. People living in pluralistic and tribal cultures are in tune with spiritual realities that we often miss in the "enlightened" West. The power of Jesus' death and resurrection is best applied when people see its power to address the struggles of their everyday lives, often associated with spirits.

To learn more about the spiritual power of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection check out One Gospel for All Nations, written by Mission ONE Theologian in Residence, Jackson W.

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