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10.04.2007 Social News

Ministry grows as Ghana celebrates independence

By Bible League

Ghana (MNN/BL) -- While the country of Ghana celebrates 50 years of independence, Bible League staff in this West African nation is thanking God for ministry growth.

"Our ministry reached a five-year high in Bible study completions and new Bible study groups," said Bible League's national director in Ghana. "We give God praise for the 57,165 Bible studies completed this past year."

Since becoming the first sub-Saharan African country to gain independence in 1957, this former British colony has experienced periods of political instability, military coups, and economic hardship. Most of these struggles ended in 1992, when democratic elections were established.

Now, Ghana is capitalizing on its rich natural resources to sustain an economic per capita output twice that of the poorer West African nations. This relatively stable political and economic environment together with one of the highest literacy rates in West Africa offer a context well-suited for the expansion of Bible League ministry.

According to Operation World, about 64% of Ghana's 22 million people are Christian. However, estimates suggest that only 12% regularly attend church. But Bible League is working to encourage church growth by providing Scriptures, training, and Bible study materials to Ghanaian church leaders. The effectiveness of this strategy is evident in the ministry results for 2006, which exceeded the average for the last five years by 40%.

Since 1986, when Bible League first began ministry in Ghana, 1,072 new churches have been established and nearly 322,000 Bible studies have been completed, even among members of several unreached people groups.