The very first Church of Christ started operating in Ghana’s Dzodze three decades ago and now has over 30 congregations comprising of 5,000 members in Greater Dzodze. Moreover, the influence of the church has expanded beyond Ghana to Togo. In 2021, 2,800 baptisms took place in Togo through a 10-day campaign and a further 1,537 baptisms also took place along with the inception of 47 new churches. Additionally, over 250 congregations in Ghana as well as 150 in Togo were placed and helped by the Ghana-Togo Mission by constructing each a structure with a tin roof to protect from the sun and rain.
Religion Unplugged reports:
DZODZE, Ghana — John Morkli has a dream.
“The vision is to get a movement to send the gospel to every corner of Ghana and Togo,” said the 49-year-old preacher and businessman. “I’m trumpeting what Jesus said, ‘Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to observe all things I have commanded you.’”
He gives God the glory for what has happened here.
Three decades ago, the first Church of Christ opened its doors in this town of less than 20,000, a few hours northeast of Ghana’s coastal capital, Accra. Today, Greater Dzodze has expanded to more than 30 congregations with an estimated 5,000 members.
And this community is far from alone. Churches of Christ are springing up across this part of West Africa. Last year, a 10-day campaign in northern Togo led to 2,800 baptisms. February’s campaign was no less breathtaking with 1,537 baptisms and 47 new churches.
New churches continue to rise in these fertile fields, despite no preachers and no facilities in many places, said Keith Johnson, Africa coordinator for World Bible Institute. “The work in Africa is growing faster than anywhere else.”
Ghana-Togo Mission has planted and aided more than 250 congregations in Ghana and 150 in Togo by building each a frame with a tin roof to block the summer heat and to keep members dry during Africa’s rainy season.
When Johnson left his native South Africa in 1985, he was told the continent would be sending missionaries to America in the next 50 years, he said.
He shook his head. “It’s already happening.”
As for why the gospel is spreading faster in Africa than elsewhere, Morkli explained, “The gospel is for the poor.”
And when the poor become disciples of Christ, they are eager to help others just like them, he said. “When people are rich, they say they don’t have the time.”
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