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Ghana Child- Evangelism Fellowship

Every night, Daniella, an eight-year-old from Ghana, had the same terrifying nightmare. And every night, she would wake up screaming—also waking up everyone else in the house. Nothing she or her parents did seemed to help her sleep through the night or find peace from the alarming dreams.

Then one day Daniella attended a Good News Club®. Through the stories, songs, and activities, Daniella heard about Jesus—the Prince of Peace. She learned that Jesus came to save her from her sins and that He promised to never leave her or forsake her. That night, Daniella slept peacefully for the first time in ages with no nightmares at all. When her parents

asked what happened, she said, “I asked Jesus to be my Savior, and He is protecting me now.”

In Ghana, one in every 12 children dies before reaching the age of five. And while the country has made significant progress providing access to improved water sources, there are still about 4,000 children who die each year from

diarrhea. Even more die from pneumonia, and about 23 percent suffer from chronic malnutrition linked to poor water and sanitation.

Close to one third of children do not receive an education—one of the lowest rates in Africa. School is free to children, but additional costs are sometimes an obstacle for families. When children do attend school, the classes are overcrowded, water and sanitation facilities are lacking, and trained teachers and school books are in short supply. More than a third of children are forced to work to help provide for their families, usually on cocoa plantations where working conditions are exhausting and dangerous.

The major ministries of CEF of Ghana include Good News Clubs, 5-Day Clubs, camp meetings school ministry, open air ministry, party clubs, children’s rallies and film shows. Children are being reached in public schools, homes, beaches, lanes, playing fields, community centers, the open air, and even churches.

Through CEF, children in countries like Ghana and 148 other nations around the world are hearing the Good News of Jesus Christ—and finding true peace for their struggles and fears.


We can’t preach for free — ‘Evangelists’

They are usually found at strategic locations such as markets, transport yards, hospitals and on buses plying their trade.

Whether called or motivated, these men and women, who prefer to be called evangelists, go about their business with loud microphones and sometimes blaring speakers to make their presence felt.

And the unique antics displayed by some of them to draw attention creates the impression that they are entertainers rather than preachers.  

Contrary to this perception, some of them who spoke to The Mirror said they preached the word of God not because of money but solely to win souls for Christ. 

However, some who encounter these preachers believe that they are just doing it mainly for the donations that they receive from  members of the public. 

In an interview with The Mirror, Evangelist Ernest Acheampong, who operates at the Achimota New Station market and the 37 Station in Accra, said he had been directed by God to preach the word to the public. 

Mr Acheampong, who described himself as a former “shoe king” of Tema, explained that some individuals had been donating to his ministry. 

He said the money realised was used in hiring equipment and transport for the work of God. 

He explained that such donations were essential for the survival of the ministry.

He listed some of the equipment he uses as microphones, speakers, a generator and others which he rents for his work.

In view of that, Mr Acheampong was quick to add that  “there is no way we can preach for free.”

He said the cost involved in running the ministry had increased because of the erratic power supply and so the money collected also paid for a generator and the cost of fuelling it. 

“Though a lot of people think we are preaching for the money, it is also impossible to exclude it as part of the ministry’s demand,” Kwame Nkrumah Circle based Evangelist S.K Boafo also pointed out. 

Mr Boafo, who has been in the evangelism ministry for 19 years, said he had been able to win a lot of souls for God but a number of individuals on the contrary think he is in the field  for the money or as a result of unemployment. 

He, however, said “there are some evangelists in town who are in the ministry because they have no jobs and have to create a source of livelihood but such notion should not be linked to all.” 

Mr Boafo is of the belief that his work as an evangelist will be incomplete without voluntary financial donations from the public.

Another evangelist based at the Tema Station in Accra, Mr Fred Kojo Agyapong, also said sometimes the offerings they received wasn’t enough to grow the ministry.

According to Mr Boafo who is also the head pastor of the Kingdom of God Ministry at La in Accra,“one cannot complain because it is a gift and you can’t force people to give.” 

However, Mr Agyapong, a former mason, noted that though things seemed tough under the current economic conditions, little or no offering won’t stop him from preaching the word because people needed to hear the message of salvation. 

While some pedestrians The Mirror spoke to expressed their unwillingness to donate to these preachers, some traders at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle admitted to supporting the work of the evangelists with monetary contribution

Esi Attah, one of the traders, said: “Sometimes when they preach, it touches my heart and I put some money in their box to support their work.”  

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Ghana Evangelism Committee’s Statement On Vigilantism

n recent times, crowd violence (or what has erroneously come to be known as vigilantism) has become a canker eating away at the heart of the Ghanaian society. So serious has this issue become that it has gained the attention of many a prominent person in the country. It has become a regular topic of discussion on various radio and TV talk shows and other serious discussions that are held on other media platforms.

Crowd violence refers to violence that is perpetrated by a group of people who are unhappy about certain issues in the society, or who seek to achieve a particular cause. However, before we proceed, two issues need to be clarified. First, the term ‘vigilantism’ is a misnomer because it does not accurately describe what it is used for.

According to the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, a vigilante is “a person who tries in an unofficial way to prevent crime, or to catch and punish someone who has committed a crime, especially because they do not think that official organisations, such as the police, are controlling crime effectively.”

In other words, vigilantes seek to complement the efforts of the police because, to them, the police are not doing enough. What this means is that the continuous use of the term ‘vigilantism’ to describe these acts of barbarism will blur the seriousness of the situation. People who engage in these acts of violence should be referred to as criminals or thugs, instead of the term vigilantes.

Second, unlike other forms of violence that occur spontaneously or in a disorganised manner, the type of violence being described here is committed by people who have organised themselves into groups and, worst of all, have affiliated themselves with the two major political parties in the country: The National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP). These groups are often violent and they target political opponents and public officials.

e groups are also noted for seizing assets or property and in some cases intimidating voters during elections.

This increase in the activities of these thugs who commit crimes in the name of partisan politics can be attributed to a number of reasons. First, some political figures, in their quest to win or hold on to power, engage mostly young men to help them in their political campaigns with the promise that they will be offered jobs. When this does not happen, these young men feel neglected and so they resort to violence as a means of expressing their anger or getting what was promised them.

From the foregoing, it becomes clear that unemployment is another factor that contributes to this phenomenon of crowd violence. Because these thugs are mostly unemployed, they are ever ready to do the bidding of anybody who can offer them some money to keep body and soul intact, thereby making them easy prey for unscrupulous individuals who seek to capture political power.

Unfortunately, this situation has been compounded by the fact that the criminal justice agencies, particularly the police, have felt powerless in dealing with the thugs because of huge political interference.

As a result of this, some of these thugs are bold enough to carry out their activities in the full glare of security agencies because they know that they have the support or backing of some powerful political figures. Even when they are arrested, they are later freed and so they continue their violence with impunity.

This situation encourages others to do same without fear of being punished. As Simon Wiesenthal once stated, “Violence is like a weed – it does not die even in the greatest drought.”

The consequences of the activities of these violent groups are numerous. First, the activities of these groups create a general atmosphere of insecurity in the country and, therefore, people become afraid to go about their usual activities. Freedom of speech is also curtailed as some people who have expressed their opinions on some issues in the past have been attacked by these groups. This situation, if not checked, can go a long way to affect the economy of the country as investors would not want to invest in a country where their safety is not guaranteed and where people are afraid to express themselves.

Furthermore, the activities of these groups, if not tackled, can provide a fertile ground for terrorists to begin their activities in the country. This is extremely important because of the increasing activities of terrorists in Sub-Saharan Africa. As a religious organisation, one of our major worries is that if the situation is allowed to degenerate into a major conflict, Ghanaians cannot practise their religion in peace and this will destroy the very soul of the country.

In the light of these issues, we would like to suggest the following. First, the government should allow the security agencies to work freely without any form of interference. When this happens, the security agencies will be able to deal with individuals who seek to disturb the peace of the country without fear of political harassment or interference and this, in our view, will ensure that there is law and order in our society. As a religious organisation, this is very important to us because we can go about our religious activities only if there is peace in the country. The laws of the country should also be able to deal with any political figure (whether in government or opposition) who is found supporting any of these groups that are known to perpetuate violence.

Second, since unemployment has been found to be one of the factors that contribute to the formation of these violent groups, more jobs should be created for the youth so that they will have no incentive for joining any group that uses violence to advance its cause. This is extremely important because the devil finds work for the idle hands.