In the mid 1980s, Call of Hope began literature work and agricultural evangelism efforts in Ghana. COH interacts 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.
COH is carrying out programs of outreach including:
- Literature Distribution
- Correspondence Bible Courses
- Personal Follow-up and Discipleship
- Training Evangelists
- Youth Conferences
- Jesus Film Viewings
- Church planting initiatives in Muslim Communities
- Education assistance
- Disaster relief
- Humanitarian aid
- Thousands of pieces of literature go out weekly to Muslims asking questions about Christ.
- 1.8 million listeners tune in to Gospel radio broadcasts
- 25 Muslims families have come to faith in Christ thru the goat project since it started in Ghana in 2002.
- 45 Evangelical Churches were planted in Dagbon.
- 50 farmer evangelists teach agricultural and share the Gospel in Muslim villages in three districts in northern Ghana.
The Goat Project
To break the cycle of poverty and suffering, and most importantly to bring the hope of the life changing Gospel to the Dagomba people, Call of Hope introduced the Goat Project! The primary goal of this project is to tangibly demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ, and proclaim His Gospel, by helping orphans and children from extremely poor families have an opportunity to attain a basic education.
With the Goat Project, each selected child is provided with a female goat, a one-time supply of school uniforms, shoes, school bag, books and pens/pencils. The female goat is often given to the parents or guardians of the needy children to raise for the children. The hope and expectation is that the goats will multiply and the offspring will be sold to provide for the school needs of the children as well as also increasing the income level of the family.
In making a way for these children to receive an education, Call of Hope is building a bridge for the children and their families to see the love of Jesus as demonstrated by His people, and to learn how they too can have a life giving relationship with Christ. Call of Hope workers are able to interact freely with parents and children to show them God’s love and compassion for them and their people. Moreover, the Goat Project is providing a path for children to go to school, and families to be lifted out of a difficult impoverished situation.
In addition, the Goat Project has also provided a way to reach Muslim seekers in surrounding villages. As Muslims observed the giving of goats to Christian convert children, they too wanted their children to have goats. Thus God provided a way to build a bridge to show His love to Muslims, develop meaningful relationships, and present the Gospel in both word and deed!
Since its inception, the Goat Project has provided nearly 10,000 goats to marginalized children through the northern region of Ghana! This project has opened wide the door for the Gospel to penetrate this heavily Muslim area of Ghana 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.
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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. COH airs 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.
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 Farmer Evangelist project has been remarkably successful. Many churches have been planted and more than 60 farmer evangelists have been placed in villages across the region! As the Gospel message continues to spread and seeking Muslims are coming to faith in Christ, Call of Hope has made discipleship training a priority. Every two months, the farmer evangelists gather for a time of encouragement and training in the Word of God. Despite strong opposition, the Good News of Jesus Christ is setting free villagers who were once bound by the chains of Islam.
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 started 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 harms 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.