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As the first black African country to gain independence from European rule, the Republic of Ghana today is a country relatively free of internal conflicts with a population that includes many diverse ethnic and religious groups. The former British colony known as Gold Coast has achieved this in part due to a reasonable constitution and a strong educational system that has bridged ethnic and religious divides. Bordered by Cote d’Ivoire and Togo in West Africa and with a coastline along the Gulf of Guinea, Ghana has substantial natural resources. Lake Volta in eastern Ghana is the largest artificial lake in the world, and provides electrical power from the Akosombo Dam on the Volta River.

Ghana’s independence in 1957 was followed by a time of corruption and a series of military coups. A new constitution in 1992, however, established a democratic government and Ghana has transitioned successfully to a democratic system. Gold, prominent in Ghana’s political and economic past, continues its economic influence today. Ghanaian cocoa production, second only to Cote d’Ivoire, timber products, and recently discovered oil reserves are also generating income. This well-run country is often used as an economic and political model for reform in Africa.

Christian missionary work began in Ghana in 1828. Today about 63% of Ghanaians call themselves Christians, yet many are nominal in their faith. A dual spirituality influenced by traditional African religions challenges much of the church. The strong Muslim presence in the north of Ghana has launched an aggressive outreach to the rest of the country and is making serious inroads. Current economic struggles have put people in need and many are open to receiving the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ghanaians under the age of 15, representing over 40% of the nation’s population, are spiritually open and when reached could have a profound impact on the Ghanaian church.

quick facts

Christian 73%, Muslim 18%, Ethnic religions 9%
capital city:
Akan, Éwe, Dangme, Abron, Frafra
Presidential Republic
GDP per capita:
literacy rate:
major groups of people:
13% Asante; 11% Fante; 11% Ewe; 5% Brong; 4% Dagomba (Dagbamba)

prayer points


Praise God for the first four years of ministry amongst the Fulani. Our workers will be taking home assignment this year. Pray for their home churches to be encouraged and to continue supporting and praying for them


That the gospel will be deeply planted in the hearts of young people, so they will be salt and light among their peers


The church to respond to the urgent need to disciple children


The many young people who make decisions to follow Jesus through the ministry of Sports Friends. Pray they will be discipled well


Wisdom as we seek God’s way forward for future opportunities for business as mission in Ghana


The new leadership for the Good News Bible Church – for wisdom as they lead the church forwards

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