All About Ghana

 

 

History

The ancient empire of Ghana was located in the modern day nations of Mauritania and Mali.  It was the most powerful nation in West Africa in the 7th-13th century and became a powerful empire largely through trade.  The Ashanti tribe rose to prominence in the 13th century and expanded their territory to the modern day nation of Ghana.  It was the most powerful nation before European colonialism.  

The Ashanti people began trading gold with Portugal and the Dutch during the 15th century.  Other European nations built small castles and settlements (some of which are still around today) on the coast of modern day Ghana.  The English colonized Ghana large portions of modern day Ghana and named it the British Gold Coast.  

In 1957 Ghana was the first African nation to  declare complete independence from any European nation.  It has functioned as a republic since that time and has very little violence in comparison to most African nations.  This has often garnered Ghana the title as the friendliest country in Africa.  

                                                    Ancient Portuguese Castle in Ghana

                                                    Ancient Portuguese Castle in Ghana

 

Language 

One of the biggest challenges to spreading the gospel in Ghana, or any African nation for that matter, are the language barriers.  Experts estimate that 84 languages are currently spoken in Ghana and just under half of them do not have portions of the Bible available.  Many of these languages are becoming extinct, and the younger generation is being taught exclusively in English, which is the official language of Ghana.  

Please pray that men and women who are gifted in language and translation would spread the gospel to communities which are isolated and do not speak a common language.  Also pray that God would provide a way for the Twi Bible (the most popular Ghanaian language) to be translated from the original languages.  Currently, the Twi bible is a translation of a translation.  

 

 

Religious Demographics

Christianity has long been established in the south. About 63% of Ghanaians call themselves Christian, but many have only a tenuous link to a church, and attendance figures rarely top 10%. African traditional worldviews and practices too often lie beneath a veneer of Christianity; this dual spirituality is the greatest challenge to the Church in Ghana. The formality and foreignness of many older churches have stimulated rapid growth among some charismatic churches, which instead offer excitement, involvement and healing, but not always salvation by faith. Pray that the true gospel may shine into the hearts of those who call themselves Christian but who are not born from above. Pray for a decisive break from all fetishism and occult bondage, and that true liberty in Jesus is found.

                                                                        Larabanga Mosque in Ghana

                                                                        Larabanga Mosque in Ghana