ghana / africa

Spiritual Climate

Poverty is a way of life for 79% of the population who earn less than $2 a day. Many people, even those who say they are Christian, tend to overlap contradicting religions, beliefs and worldviews. Over 40% of the population is under the age of 15 years old and very open to the Gospel. One downfall is the lack of specific ministries established to reach them.

Ground-Level Perspectives

Ghana enjoys both a rich Christian tradition and the emergence of many new churches. Many of the traditional denominations such as Methodist, Presbyterian and Anglican have a vibrant spiritual life, while African Independent Churches (AICs) also grow quickly.
— Operation World

Mature Christian leaders remain at a premium. As churches multiply, biblical faith is challenged and doctrines become confused.
— Operation World

Islam has set out to conquer Ghana and is making serious headway
— Operation World

While avoiding large-scale civil war and genocide, Ghana has still been witness to violence along both political and ethnic lines; no country is safe from human sinfulness.
— Operation World

More about Ghana

A Couple Raw Facts


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A fertile and once-prosperous land with rich natural resources, Ghana now struggles with poverty – 79% of the population earn less than $2US/day.

Baby Illustration

Street children number over 30,000 (possibly that many in Accra alone).

 

History & Future

Entered
2005

WorldVenture History in Ghana

WorldVenture first entered Ghana in the year 2005. A lot of the focus has been on training pastors and church leaders.

Today &
Tomorrow

Ghana Team Goals

WorldVenture workers in Ghana are praying that the future will bring a leadership development center. Team expansion is a priority in the Ghana field for the increase in discipleship and evangelism outreach.

5 Global
Objectives

WorldVenture Global Objectives

  1. Evangelizing the Peoples of the World
    • Relationships being cultivated with non-believers
    • Decisions to follow Christ
    • Believers baptized
    • People engaged in intentional discipleship
    • Bible verses translated and Christian resources created or translated
  2. Extending Grace
    • People helped through development assistance
    • People provided with medical and health assistance
    • People helped toward justice who are in illegal, immoral, dangerous, exploited circumstances
    • People helped directly through disaster relief
  3. Establishing Churches
    • New churches established
    • Daughter churches established
  4. Equipping Leaders
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through formal contexts
    • Leaders being trained for ministry through non-formal contexts
    • TCKs (third culture kids) being equipped
    • 360º leaders being equipped
  5. Encouraging Mission Movements
    • National Christians preparing to become cross-cultural missionaries
    • National churches engaged in cross-cultural missions
    • National church groups engaged in cross-cultural missions

Living Here

 

FOOD & HOUSING

A common lunch dish is called red red and is made of beans in a tomato sauce usually served with fried plantains. Another common dish is called Jollof rice and is a rice with sauce and chicken. A dish very different from home is called Banku and is a doughy ball that you must eat with your fingers and dip in a spicy sauce.
— Jamie Corliss

COMMUNITY

Ghana is an example of how a multi-ethnic and multi-faith nation in West Africa can remain largely at peace.
— Operation World

 

WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

Initially Ghana looks like a typical Caribbean city - very hot, and very dry with terrible drivers. The one thing that made Ghana different were the people on the side of the road, and in the middle of the road, trying to sell things to vehicles passing by. When I say in the middle of the road I don't mean when traffic is stopped, they walk right down the middle of the road in moving traffic waving things at hour window.
— Derek

 

LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Young people remain key in the efforts to bring revival to Ghana.
— Operation World


Local News

The following is a live news feed mirrored from an independent news service, and offers a current stream of headlines coming out of the country. WorldVenture does not control headlines, but only "mirrors" them from other websites.

ghana source:bbc - Google News
Czech Ebola error sparks Ghana row - BBC News

BBC News

Czech Ebola error sparks Ghana row
BBC News
Ghana's Prague envoy Zita Okaikwe told the BBC that her government would lodge a formal complaint over the incident. Ghana has not been affected by the worst ever Ebola outbreak, which has killed thousands in West Africa. The Czech government has not ...


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 2:44:54 PM

Ghana World Cup cash row inspires Hollywood filmmakers - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

Ghana World Cup cash row inspires Hollywood filmmakers
BBC Sport
Ghana World Cup cash row inspires Hollywood filmmakers. By John Bennett BBC World Service Sport. One of the most controversial stories from the 2014 World Cup is set for the big screen treatment. In June, the Ghana team refused to train just days ...


Wednesday, October 08, 2014 11:34:23 AM

2104 AWC: Ghana suffer shock defeat - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

2104 AWC: Ghana suffer shock defeat
BBC Sport
2104 AWC: Ghana suffer shock defeat. By Oluwashina Okeleji BBC Sport. Algeria stunned Ghana 1-0 at the 2014 African Women Championship in Namibia, while Cameroon left it late to edge South Africa by the same score in the earlier game in Group B on ...


Monday, October 13, 2014 4:04:54 AM

2015 Nations Cup: Ghana caretaker coach Konadu names squad - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

2015 Nations Cup: Ghana caretaker coach Konadu names squad
BBC Sport
Ghana caretaker coach Maxwell Konadu has handed Kwabena Adusei his first senior call-up in a 23-man squad to face Guinea this month. The Black stars play Guinea twice in Group E of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers - on 11 October in ...


Thursday, October 02, 2014 8:31:30 AM

No new Ghana coach for Guinea games - BBC Sport

BBC Sport

No new Ghana coach for Guinea games
BBC Sport
Ghana Football Association executive committee member Fred Pappoe has said that there will be an interim boss in place instead. "We are not looking at that target [the Guinea matches], it's not going to be possible," he told BBC Sport. "We could do ...


Tuesday, September 23, 2014 9:23:03 AM

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Opportunities

Opportunity TitleMinimum StayMaximum StayWorld AreaCountryOppSummaryOppResponsibilitiesOppRequirementsOppID
Leadership Developer2 YearsLifetimeAfricaGhanaUse your experience training Christian leaders or teaching in a Bible school and your passion for working in women’s leadership development to help strengthen the leadership of the next generation of Christians in Ghana. The church in the area where we work is less than 20 years old. The leaders have only a middle school education and more than 90% of them have no Bible training. These leaders have the passion but lack the maturity and experience that you can give as you walk alongside them. The focus is on character development. You will first focus on learning Twi well, adjusting culturally and developing good ministry skills. This time of language and cultural study can be combined with other relevant interests such as developing relationships with national leaders. After language learning – you will teach and disciple Ghanaian pastors and church leaders and assist in the development of culturally relevant teaching materials. Embrace the goal of character development and a teaching method that will enhance the leaders’ ability to think critically and problem solve. Develop deep and meaningful relationships with the students; shepherding, counseling, preaching, teaching, discipling and mentoring. Model the character of Christ. This position requires a spiritually healthy person who models the character of Christ and has the ability to motivate. The ideal candidate will be well read as it relates to cross cultural ministry – and have some training in the same; be a gifted teacher with a burden for discipleship and skill in counseling others. The position requires a team mentality, strong devotional life, an adaptable personality, and a strong conviction regarding your calling to Ghana. Demonstrated Bible knowledge. 1400
Information Technology Professional1 YearLifetimeAfricaGhanaDevelop and implement a plan for reliable internet and intranet at the site of the Nkwanta Leadership Equipping Center. After research, implement appropriate internet and intranet facilities for the Ghana field and for the Nkwanta Leadership Equipping Center. We are located in a rural area and desire to have the most cost efficient yet creative system that is available. Also identify appropriate software/hardware for the pastors library and the training center. Most of your work can be done in English, however, the field does require that you attain to a courtesy level of Twi before beginning work. Experience in Information Technology. Experience setting up internet and intranet facilities. Experience with satellites and other communication technology. 1403
Mission Internship2 Months1 YearAfricaGhanaOpportunity to participate in missions in various areas including evangelism, construction, maintenance, Christian discipleship, the arts, business and English/literacy. This opportunity would also serve as a vision trip for those who might be interested in applying as long term international workers with WorldVenture Ghana in the future. Depending on applicant and his/her interests, as well as the timing of their arrival on the field - the candidate would observe and assist team members in their various ministries. It would be expected that the candidate would also participate in areas of daily living and ministry that aren´t necessarily the focus of a future ministry but which would help round out initial impressions of life and ministry in Ghana. Visits to the villages in area of ministry and participate in ministry as the opportunities arise. Under the leadership of the field - participate in projects in various areas including construction, maintenance, Christian discipleship, ESL/literacy, etc. Age 21 or older. Heart for the less fortunate. Ability to listen well and a desire to contextualize their individual gifts and talents to be utilized in Ghana. Respectful of others. Length of service: 2 Months up to 1 year. 1937
I.T. Consultant2 Months1 YearAfricaGhanaHelp research and locate better internet options for the area where the WorldVenuture team live and serve. Lead the effort to develop, maintain and promote viable I.T. projects that will serve to educate and empower children, youth, community leaders and pastors. Train nationals in the development and maintenance of internet programs and systems. Age 25 or older. Respectful. Training and experience in: Settting up websites, on-line training modules, forums and blogs, Creative. Self-motivated and takes initiative. Interacts well with other people. Team player. Ability to adapt to the lower level of technology and computer savvy of the African situation. Resilient and adaptable personality. Length of Service: 2 Months up to 1 year. 1938
Educational Consultant2 Months1 YearAfricaGhanaCome to Ghana to help with the development of a local Christian school. Also, use your experience in event management to facilitate relevant school, historical and cultural experiences for U.S. college students of education in the Teach for New Life Program. The Teach for New Life Program is a year-long professional development opportunity that provides U.S. college students of education with the opportunity to teach in a local school and have access to intensive training in skills, techniques, and methodologies that build their capacity for globalizing classrooms and core curriculum. Design and deliver key presentations on local education system and culture, and facilitate participant discussion groups; Coordinate local cultural and historical site visits; Organize and facilitate meetings with local education officials; Arrange and lead visit to local schools; Serve as primary liaison for local participants and TEACH participants. Age 25 or older. Respectful. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in local K-12 education systems; Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally and cross-culturally; Strong collaboration, organization, and communication skills. well rounded in the processes, and development of a brand new school. Willing to come out 4 times per year on short-term trips. 1941

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Projects

Missionary Team


Lloyd & Jan Chinn

Serving in pastoral care, strategic engagement and leadership development.


Chris & Dana Holloway

Serving in short term ministry coordination and administration in Ghana

Evangelizing the Peoples of the World

With respect for people and their cultures, we communicate, by word and deed, the full scope of biblical truth and, especially, the gospel. We make disciples of Jesus Christ among all peoples through different kinds of evangelism..

Relationships Being Cultivated with Non-Believers

We seek to build and nurture authentic relationships with people who have no knowledge of Jesus Christ with whom we can share our faith. Paul asks, 'How are they to believe in the one they have not heard of?' Romans 10:14. The answer is that they can't. It is our desire for those who have never heard the gospel or never understood it to have the chance know God. Many times a true opportunity to hear the gospel requires an environment of trust and friendship first.

Scriptures: Matt 28:18-20, Rom 10:14, 1 John 4:19.

 

Decisions to Follow Christ

We recognize both the internal conversion of the heart and external profession of faith as milestones in the journey of obedience to Jesus Christ. We encourage new believers to identify themselves as Christ-followers in ways that are recognized as authentic in the local context.

Scriptures: Romans 10:10, Matthew 5:14-16, Eph. 4:20-24, Mark 16:15 .

 

Believers Baptized

Baptism is another external milestone in the journey of obedience for a new believer. We encourage new Christ-followers to further identified themselves with Jesus Christ and the local community of faith through baptism by immersion.

Scriptures: Romans 6:3-6, Galatians 3:27, Matthew 28:19-20.

 

People Engaged in Intentional Discipleship

We nurture reasonable steps taken to pursue spiritual growth and evangelism from Christians and non-Christians. This often looks like greater depth in comprehending biblical truths and expressing their growing faith in ways meaningfully in their own culture.

Scriptures: Hebrews 10: 24-25, Eph. 4:11-17, Matthew 28: 18-20.

 

Bible Verses Translated and Christian Resources Created or Translated

We actively invest time and talent into Bible translation and creation of Christian media knowing that these investments will expand and deepen the influence of the gospel in a culture.

Scriptures: Acts 2:8-11, Philippians 2:9-11, Acts 13:47-49, Acts 8:26-39.

Extending Grace

Following the example of Jesus, we address human suffering and practical needs everywhere we share the gospel, whether it be through individual acts of mercy or community-wide programs.

Helping People through Development Assistance

Lasting community development is only achieved by insiders. Meaning, we assisted people in their own development efforts in the areas of acquiring sustainable food, water, shelter, literacy, vocational training, education, and employment. Our explicit goal is empowerment, dignity, and community ownership.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10:18, 1 Samuel 2:8, Psalm 145:15-16, Luke 12:33.

 

People Provided with Medical & Health Assistance

The grace and blessing of medical care where there is no other access to medical help is one of the longest standing outreaches of WorldVenture. Our hospitals and rural clinics dot some of the most difficult locations in the world.

Scriptures: Jeremiah 33:6, Isaiah 40:29, Matt 19:2.

 

Justice for those in Illegal, Immoral, & Dangerous Circumstances

We seek out those who have become vulnerable and fallen to the advantage of other people. We advocate for them within available legal systems, or we build exits and avenues for them to leave their circumstances.

Scriptures: Isaiah 43:2, Psalm 72:4, Isaiah 51:4-5, Ezekiel 34:15-16, Psalm 82:3-4.

 

Helping People Directly through Disaster Relief

In large scale disasters which are within locations we have workers and churches, we bring help directly to the people effected by the disaster. Our networks are often the most established in the communities to the point that larger relief organizations will defer to us on the ground. Yet our strategies always extend past the immediate response to include some form of rebuilding and restoration.

Scriptures: 1 Cor 16:1-4, Psalm 145:15-16, Philippians 4:19.

 

Establishing Churches

Building his church is central to Jesus’ purposes. We strive to establish healthy local churches that will establish other churches, resulting in church planting movements.

New Churches Established

Recognizing that church planting is typically more of a process rather than a one-time event, we speak of a church as being "established" when the local church and its local sister churches recognize it as such. We value real growth of the church, and use milestones like this to give us benchmarks to celebrate.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Romans 15:20-21, Matthew 18:20, 1 Timothy 4:13, Acts 16:4-5.

 

Daughter Churches Established

 Another milestone we encourage as a mark of a maturing church is the multiplication of daughter churches. More than anything this is a sign of the outward growth and maturity of the faith community.

Scriptures: Matthew 28:18-20, Acts 16:4-5, Romans 15:20-21, Ephesians 2:19-22.

 

Equipping Leaders

We develop leaders who are able to lead others in contextualizing and maximizing their Kingdom impact – locally, regionally, and around the world.

Leaders Being Trained for Ministry through Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

Our workers staff numberous formal seminaries and bible schools as teachers or administrators. We know that people being equipped in and for ministry through formal degree/diploma granting institutions is an investment in the future health and vitality of the church.

Scriptures: Proverbs 2:10-11, Luke 2:45-47, Proverbs 1:1-7.

 

Leaders being Trained for Ministry through Non-Formal Contexts

Leadership Development

In addition to formal academic training, we encourage leadership development through non-formal ministry training seminars, courses, and programs. These programs are equally as powerful for deepening and establishing churches through informed and mature lay leaders.

Scriptures: Psalm 32:8, Psalm 119:105, John 10:3-4.

 

TCKs (Third Culture Kids) being Equipped

Experience has taught us that some of the most natural and effective future missionaries come from the children of our current missionaries. Not only does the investment in these children make it possible for their parents to work in remote locations, most of the international schools in which we partner encourage the personal ministry and impact these children can have while on the field.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 4:9, Matthew 18:2-5, 1 Timothy 4:12.

 

"360º Leaders" being Equipped

Our 360° vision for impacting societies recognizes that there are a handful of key roads to impacting in any given city or provence or people group. For example, business and media are key influencers in a society, but often fall outside designated leadership tracks like pastors and teachers. We encourage the development of Christian leaders who will influence society through business, politics, medicine, media, social justice, and family and community development.

Scriptures: John 17:15-19, Colossians 3:23-24, 1 Corinthians 14:12, Romans 12:6-8, Matthew 25:23.

 

Encouraging Mission Movements

We will encourage individuals, churches, and church movements everywhere to connect with each other and other organizations, creating international relationships for networking, collaborating, and partnering to do missions “from everywhere to everywhere.”

National Christians Preparing to Become Missionaries

We encourage the natural progression of a maturing national church by advocating for the training and development of national Christians to become missionaries. Crossing-cultures is always difficult, even for those who are born and raised in multi-lingual, multi-cultural environments, and preparation can be a key element in the succeess of a national missionary.

Scriptures: Psalm 144:1, Galations 3:28, Psalm 32:8, Isaiah 61:1.

 

National Churches Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

In addition to individuals going out as missionaries, we encourage national churches to engage in missions.

Scriptures: Romans 10:15, John 15:1-27, Matthew 9:35-38.

 

National Church Groups Engaged in Cross-Cultural Missions

From the individual to the church and then finally to the multi-church association, we encourage many national church groups and church associations to engaged in missions. We seek a culture of outward movement and self-sacrifice as a healthy part of a national church.

Scriptures: 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 2 Corinthians 9:10-12, Romans 10:15.

 

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