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Religion

GHANA

Secular state with religious freedom since 1992. Traditionally peaceful relations among Christians, Muslims and ethno-religionists seem to now hang in the balance with aggressive outreach by Muslims. Wide- spread overlaps of religious practices and beliefs, and contradictory claims of numbers of faithful, make exact measurement of affiliates impossible.

POPULATION:  27,746,165  (2015)
CAPITAL CITY:  Accra
POLITICAL PROFILE: Democracy

Having made their first formal trip to Ghana in April of 2012, the Lord continues to use the creative leadership of GCI’s ministry partner, Kwame Nkruma to expand “Kingdom-building” initiatives on several fronts including church leadership empowerment conferences, Bible translation, and a radio station that provides Gospel programming for close to 1,000,000 people.  The recent completion of a water bottling factory that is providing packaged, drinking water and jobs for the local community, is among the latest success stories.  Income from this “business as mission” project is also beginning to provide financial support for staff salaries at the radio station.  The next project on the drawing boards is the construction of a school and conference center on a 20-acre campus up in the area where Kwame grew up.

GCI is also in the process of exploring some new relationships with an organization that is rescuing children who are entrapped as slave laborers in the commercial fishing industry on Lake Volta in Northern Ghana.

Ghana has been a great testimony to the possibilities of sustainability in indigenous ministry, and we feel the time is right to expand on these early successes in this part of Africa.

Politics

Independent from Britain in 1957. Nkrumah’s “socialist” experiment was a disaster. There have been five military regimes since Nkrumah’s overthrow in 1966, but since Rawlings’ presidency in 1992, the stable transition to multiparty democracy prevails, with several elections praised as open and orderly. Ghana plays a positive regional and continental role in diplomacy and peacekeeping.

Our mission in Ghana is flourishing under the extraordinary leadership of GCI's ministry partner and In-Country Director, Kwame Nkruma.  The Lord has equipped this man with a great deal of wisdom and discernment - allowing him to be involved in church leadership training, Bible translation, and an FM radio station that is the only one available for somewhere between 800,000 and 1,000,000 people in the Northern Volta region of the country.  They have also been working for over a year on Cnstruction of a water purification factory that will provide clean drinking water, jobs for the local community, and income to support the radio station and other ministries that they are involved in.  His life is a great testimony to sustainability in indigenous ministry.



Key Objective: 

To establish a strong business partnership between investors here in the United States and in Ghana as we seek to establish long-term, sustainable revenue streams that will provide the resources necessary to expand "Great Commission” ministry opportunities in Ghana.

Economy

Agricultural products (especially cocoa and timber), gold and tourism are the main revenue sources, but all are subject to external factors and fluctuations. A new lake and hydro-electric project on the western border are being developed. Foreign aid accounts for 10% of GDP. A fertile and once-prosperous land with rich natural resources, Ghana now struggles with poverty – 79% of the population earn less than $2US/day. Once-rich tropical forests have been overlogged, and soil degradation and unreliable rainfall impoverish northern farmers and fuel migration. But a stable political context and good infrastructure hold promise for greater improvement.  
Ghana is one of the largest producers of cocoa in the world. Currently, almost all of the raw cocoa is purchased by companies like Cargill, Nestle, and Cadbury while very little of the product is processed in-country

Public debt 53.8% of GDP.
Income/person $739 (2% of USA).

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