Having gone through the Equipping phase of the S2M strategic plan of Muslim evangelization, we rolled out the next phase – Engaging Muslim students with the gospel on a one-on-one bases. We used various means to reach out – Bible studies, out door evangelism, sharing our conversion experiences with our Muslim friends. Currently, S2M students are engaging several Muslim students on weekly basis. For security reasons, I have just indicated in this brief, their first names. Please pray for these relational gospel conversationalists: Mohammed, Shams, Amdiyah, Drama, Latif, Fawaz, Justice,  Issa, Mamuda, Jamila, Usman

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GHAFES students ministry still thrives

Dear Beloved Partner-In-Christ,

May the Peace of God be with You!

The Board and Management of the Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students (GHAFES) have not relented in following with keen interest the COVID-19 pandemic with its resultant consequences on the socio-economic and religious life of our country. What is your story? Kindly click here to share your experience and how you have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and how we may pray and be of help to you.

We, however, want to encourage YOU to hold on to Philippians 4:6, 7: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

At the backdrop of the directives of the President of the Republic, we issued a compliance directive to all GHAFES fellowships to suspend central (i.e. large) meetings and resort to meeting at the Contact Family Groups (Cell Groups) level with the number of participating students not exceeding six (6) for the next four weeks. However, with the subsequent complete closure of schools, Management had devised creative ways to still ensure that GHAFES Local Fellowship members are still ministered to while at home. The following are some of the innovative ways the ministry has adopted in the interim;

a. To use students’ WhatsApp pages as official platforms to reaching out to Local Campus Fellowship members;

b. To put members of each Local Fellowship into small groups of not more than five (5) to be led by an executive member who will help to coordinate the affairs of the group. This is to further help encourage and strengthen our leader-member discipleship/mentorship relationships;

c. To run discipleship programmes as follows;

i. Bible Study Discussions
A five (5) Lesson Bible Study Outline, adopted from our sister fellowship in the UK (UCCF) has been circulated to leaders to help with weekly Bible study discussions. 

ii. Bible Reading Promotion & Discussions
Students are encouraged to read through the Gospel of Mark. This is to help stimulate transformation in their lives as they encounter the person and the work of Jesus Christ.

iii. Prayer Meetings
Prayer Secretaries, under the supervision of Campus Ministry Coordinators (CMCs), are to send daily prayer bulletins to the leaders’ WhatsApp page for sharing to the small groups.

iv. Sharing of Daily Inspirational/Motivational Quotes & Messages
The office is sharing daily Bible verse/inspirational/motivational quotes (called the GHAFES Voice of Hope and Peace) to encourage members of the fellowship in these times of great uncertainty.

d. Zonal Student National Executive Committee Congress (i.e. Zonal SNEC Congress) will be done online.

Together We Stand   
I would like to assure our Associates and Partners that Management and Staff of GHAFES are employing strategic yet efficient means of reaching out to our students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, more especially in this difficult time. We are also committed to keeping in touch with Partners through prayer, communication, and to share with you Scriptures of Hope and Peace and ministry impact stories.

These are not normal times… I want to implore You – our cherished Partner, to connect and stand with one another and also with US and be the source of blessing by giving support to keep the ministry going. 1st Peter 4: 10 says, “God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you”.

Please your gifts (donations) can be sent to any of the GHAFES Mobile Money Numbers and/or Bank Account below; GHAFES MoMo Numbers

  • MTN – 0542074218 
  • TIGO CASH – 0571139202
  • AIRTEL MONEY – 0267834344
  • VODAFONE CASH Steps: Dial *110#; Select 5. Paybill; Select 2. Other; Enter short code 820000; Enter bill name – (Name of Sender); Enter Amount; Confirm Pin. 

ECOBANK Account Details

  • Account name: Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students 
  • Account number:  1441001998514
  • Branch: 2 Morocco lane  

May I leave you with this prayer from Romans chapter 15 verse 13, “So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.”

God bless you as you stand with us at this crucial time.

Your Brother In Christ,
Isaac Mensah-Newton
National Director, GHAFES

GHAFES impact stories go global

The classroom walls are bare. Five or six teenagers crowd around each small wooden table, reading. Their teacher is not much older than them – Helena. She’s just graduated from university and is spending a year serving a community in northeast Ghana, as part of the GHAFES Ghana STICS program.

Helena is there with another graduate, Bright. Together they’ve set up a reading club, two youth clubs and a library – besides their ongoing work of teaching in the local school, serving in the four churches and sharing the gospel with the 95% Muslim population.

Graduates Peter and Faustina are serving elsewhere on STICS programs, teaching and working with the local church and community. The area they’re in is 98% Muslim. There is no internet, no lighting. Temperatures are regularly well over 40°C. It’s not an easy environment.

But Peter and Faustina have been able to start a reading and writing club, preach regularly at church, offer career guidance and counseling for high school students and speak at community durbars (meetings for the local community where issues like education or hygiene are discussed). Read More Here

Are there not wise and responsible Ghanaians

National discourse can hardly be without political undertones, directly or indirectly. This is because politics affects almost everything and almost everything affects politics. This is a reality we need to accept and live with.

Individuals are to be encouraged to express their views on national issues which is good for promoting development and peaceful-coexistence. As we engage in these national discourses, our views may be perceived or misconstrued as either ‘for’ or ‘against’ the government or some of its policies. Consequently, any view perceived to be ‘for’ the government is ‘against’ the opposition and vice versa. These sometimes results in ‘attacks’ and labeling of people including church leaders, as either doing the bidding of the government or the opposition. This posture and orientation of some persons seems to suggest that Ghanaians are not ‘wise’, do not have a mind of their own and are not objective enough to share their personal opinion. This I find to be demeaning and insulting to the intelligence, reasoning and judgment of the people of this country. Unfortunately, due to these attacks and misrepresentations, some Ghanaians are afraid or not bold enough to share their views on national issues in order to avoid being victimized or to protect their reputation.

However, it is equally wrong if we refuse or fail to speak the truth; giving praise where is due, constructively criticizing and pointing out ‘obvious’ wrongs. We need more Ghanaians especially Christians to speak on national issues with wisdom, knowledge, honesty and boldness to move our country forward in the right direction. Whether we are speaking or analyzing what others have said, we have to be consistent and fair. We need to ensure that we are not being influenced by partisan and ethnic biases.

We have to also eschew negative partisan solidarity and patronage. It is important to understand that no political party is necessarily from God nor the devil but Ghana with all her inhabitants belongs God. God will exalt our nation when we pursue righteousness (Proverbs 14:34) in our socio-political, economic and spiritual lives irrespective of the government in power.

Remember, we would be persecuted for the sake of righteousness (Matthew 5:8-10) and hated by upholding truth (Galatians 4:16). We should let God be true and all men liars. When we are honest, it’s righteous before God hence He grants us the grace and boldness.
“Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe” Proverbs 29:25”
“The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful” Proverbs 12:12
May we engage in and promote responsible, honest and objective national discourse.

Written by Mr. Samuel Sarkodie Addo
Zonal Ministry Coordinator
Mid-Ghana Zone, GHAFES