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In Ghana

Market in Ghana

Market in Ghana

The Christadelphian church in Accra, the capital of Ghana, was established in the 1960s. Its arranging brothers keep a watchful eye on the other churches in Ghana and the churches work together well.

The church in Accra has a pig farm and cocoa plantation about forty miles from the city at a place called Amanasi. It is run by a married couple who are paid a monthly stipend. The pig-sties are beautifully clean and the pigs look healthy. They have their own boar about the size of a Shetland pony. There are five sows, one of which is pregnant, another has a litter of seven, a few weeks old and another a litter of eight, a few months old. All are doing well. It is a very peaceful place away from the city noise.

You may like to know something about cocoa. It grows on trees in oval pods about 9 inches long and 5 inches across. Inside they are packed with cube-shaped seed cases, which are covered with a very sweet flesh. The seeds within these cases are bitter. When the crop is picked, each pod is split open and the seed cases are stacked and allowed to ferment for five weeks. Then comes a period of drying in the sun and when they are ready they are sold to the national buyers. This farm provides a steady income and fresh meat for the church, helping with their considerable welfare needs.

Some of the Ghanaian members are refugees from the war in Liberia and have been there for eight or more years. Now some have the opportunity to go to America by means of a sponsorship scheme. The money to help them to relocate will be found, as it is the best way out for them. There is little opportunity for a non-Ghanaian to obtain work in Ghana.

Recently the secretary of the church in Monrovia (Liberia) fled the country, as he was singled out for persecution when he was unwilling to misappropriate funds from the bank at which he worked. The threat of harm has pursued him to the refugee camp in Accra and the arranging brothers have had to relocate him in a safe house pending a longer term solution.

May we ask that your prayers include a request for the hand of God to be always at work among our more troubled brothers: that there may be help available at all times for those in physical and financial distress and in need of spiritual guidance.

Dennis Palmer
from The Bible Missionary, no. 154, October 1999

Information about Ghana