Rebuilding communities and sharing God’s Word in innovative ways…
Call of Hope in Ghana
Our work in Ghana began in the 1980’s with the mission to work alongside nationals in mostly Northern Ghana where the large area, Dagbon, is home to hundreds of thousands of Muslims. Though other countries make an effort to convert locals to Islam, we are seeing continued favor in our projects. Call of Hope offers a variety of practical assistance and guidance opens the door to evangelism, along with discipleship and protection for new believers.
A Little History
The West African country of Ghana was a British protectorate from 1896 to 1957. Since that time, northern Ghana has become primarily Muslim. By the late 16th century, Islam was the ruling religious power in the Dagomba and Gonja tribes.
The Dagbon region covers approximately 12,000 square kilometers. People from different ethnic groups populate the area, however the most prevalent people groups are the Dagomba and the Konkomba. Only about 7% of the Dagomba are Christian, and only 33% of the Konkomba.
In recent years, an increasing number of mosques have been constructed in Ghana as Saudi Arabia and Iran vie for influence in the region. Every year, 280 new mosques are financed by Iran and Saudi Arabia while Islamic organizations offer free benefits to non-Muslims like medical care, education scholarships, and food in order to win the hearts of Ghanaians for Allah.
Correspondence Bible Courses
Personal Follow-up and Discipleship
Jesus Film Viewings
Church planting initiatives in Muslim Communities
Disaster relief/Humanitarian aid
- Population: 29,964,858
- 111 People Groups
- 19 Unreached Groups
- 22% Muslim
- Unreached Total: 1,544,000
- Language: English
In the mid 1980s, Call of Hope began literature work and agricultural evangelism efforts in Ghana. There we interact with tens of thousands of Ghanaians, most of them Muslims in northern Ghana. Work is established in four districts: Tamale, Yendi, Gushiegu-Karaga, and Tolon. In partnership with the Good News Bible Church, 45 evangelical churches have been established in Dagbon.
Although the Gospel message and God’s Word itself is unchanging, the presentation of the Good News is often adapted for each group that is receiving it. In Ghana, God gave Call of Hope a culturally appropriate method to connect with the people - Farmer Evangelism. Due to the rich agricultural area that makes up much of the landmass of Ghana, most of the villagers have become farmers to feed and support their families.
Call of Hope Farmer Evangelists are trained in effective small-scale agricultural production, which they use to assist their neighbors and eventually start conversations about Jesus. The evangelists begin by planting crops on a leased plot of land, as the crops begin to grow, nearby villagers take notice and are interested in knowing how to improve their own farm productivity, beginning a conversation. Curiosity about farming methods and fertilizer leads to relational evangelism and the presentation of the Gospel message to Muslim farmers. When enough people in a village have come to faith in Christ, a church is established; believers are nourished in the Word of God, and are able to grow and have fellowship one with another!
The Goat Project
Since its inception, the Goat Project has provided nearly 10,000 goats to marginalized children in rural areas of Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. This project has supported many new believers and has also opened wide the door for the Gospel to penetrate heavily Muslim areas by demonstrating God’s tangible love to children and families! Through the love shown, many Muslims have come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ.
Children receive a goat and finance their school books and uniforms by selling milk and baby goats; nourishing milk also improves their health. Christian families began giving baby goats to their poor Muslim neighbors. As these Muslims experience practical Christian love, many come to faith in Jesus. Once neighboring Muslims witnessed the success of the program, they began asking for goats as well. Call of Hope then began including Muslim children in the program, which offered a new opportunity to share the love and Gospel of Jesus Christ.
After years of persevering prayer, in 2009 a local radio station began broadcasting Call of Hope's radio programs to the entire Dagomba region of northern Ghana. We air a weekly radio program in the local Dagbani language, targeting Muslims. An estimated 1.8 million listeners tune in. During weekly radio programs, Brother Abukari discusses Biblical topics of special interest to Muslims like forgiveness, the crucifixion of Jesus, assurance of salvation, and what the Bible teaches about life after death. Muslims are hearing the Gospel in their mother tongue via radio! Muslim seekers receive books and written answers to spiritual questions.
Home of Hope
As the saying goes: “there’s no place like home.” Unfortunately for many young vulnerable new Christians, going home is not an option. After conversion, these teenagers are shunned by their own families and are left with nowhere to go. In order to offer help and show the love of Christ, Call of Hope partnered with the Good News Bible Church in Ghana to start the Home of Hope.
At a critical time in their lives, these young adults now have a place to grow academically, spiritually and physically. In addition to the new Christians living at the center, it is also a home for the children of our Farmer Evangelists. As these brave men and women move from town to town to spread the gospel amongst Muslim farmers, their children are able to stay a safe and out of harm’s way. Currently, the home accommodates 30 students. However, there is room to take in at least 10 more students with additional financing. If God has touched your heart, please consider giving to this project by clicking the button below.