Area: 238,533 sq km
Grasslands in north, farmland and forest in south. Centre dominated by the 520-km-long Lake Volta, Africa’s largest man-made lake.
Population: 24,332,755 Annual Growth: 2.11%
Official language: English Languages: 84 All languages
Largest Religion: Christian
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The less-evangelized peoples of Ghana remain quite receptive to the good news. Both Ghanaian and expatriate workers are needed for the harvest. In most, less than 2% are Christian of any variety, though few have no Christians. Churches are usually small, and leaders generally have only the most basic training. Pray for:
a) The Gur people cluster, who live mostly in the north. Among the more populous of these 29 northern peoples, only the Wala have a large Christian minority, and only the Mossi have a significant evangelical population at 12.5%.
i The traditional peoples are a complex medley of small population groups that are often scarcely touched by the gospel. ECG/WEC is planting churches in this area; response is growing among the Birifor and Konkomba. Pray for greater church growth among the Sisaala (SIM), Kasena, Mamprusi, Bulsa (SIM) and Frafra (SIM, AoG, WEC). Response is slow among the Bimoba, Kusasi and Tampulma (AoG and Lutheran). Several smaller groups still have no expatriate or Ghanaian missionaries reaching them.
ii Muslim peoples are traditionally much more resistant to the gospel. These include the Dagbamba (AoG, SIM, IMB, WEC) with 1% Christian, the Wala (Baptist Mid-Missions), the Kotokoli and Fulani. There is a new openness among the Dagomba in the SIM areas, with new churches being planted.
b) The Guinean/Kwa people cluster, some of whom have been minimally impacted by the gospel. Among them are the Muslim peoples: the dominant Gonja (3% Christian, WEC), Anufo (2% Christian), and the animist Chumburung (8% Christian) and Gikyode (4% Christian). These peoples live in the northern or Volta regions of Ghana.
c) Two Mande peoples, the Bissa and the Ligbi.
d) Immigrant peoples, most strongly Islamic in culture. These would include the highly influential Hausa people, whose culture shapes much of West African Islam, as well as the Yoruba, Mandinka and Bissa peoples.
Less-evangelized sectors of society:
a) The cities have grown by absorbing many ethnic groups. The more than one million northerners in southern cities easily turn to Islam; Christians are now mobilizing to share the gospel with them. Some churches of northerners exist in the south, but they are few and not evangelistic in nature. Pray that both Ghanaian and expatriate workers may be used of God to increase the number of northern-language congregations in the southern cities this work needs to be deliberately cross-cultural.
b) Trokosi (girls enslaved by fetish priests) number as many as 20,000, mostly in the Ewe and Dangme peoples, as a part of traditional religious practice. It was made illegal in 1998. Several ministries to trokosi women see great responsiveness to the freedom offered in Christ (Every Child, International Needs). Great courage and faith are required to openly oppose this practice, since fetish priests wield significant spiritual power.
c) Street children number over 30,000 (possibly that many in Accra alone). A host of ministries work with these needy children, who usually are abandoned or orphaned.
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