The Mamprusi people are the ruling tribe of Northern Ghana. With a total population of approximately 300,000 they are a significant presence in a nation filled with tribal religions and folk Islam. For literally thousands of years, they have passed down these religions of darkness and as of 2007, less than 2% of this people group have ever heard the name of Jesus Christ. Click here to see a slideshow of our mission trip to Northern Ghana (best viewed using the Internet Explorer web browser).
In 2006, the Mission Committee at Robinhood Road Baptist Church began praying for God to lead us to a deeper commitment to mission work around the world and through the leading of the Holy Spirit. Less than a year later we officially entered into a Prayer Plus Partnership with the Mamprusi People through the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Our commitment to the Mamprusi people is primarily to pray for them. We encourage our people to pray daily for the Mamprusi in hopes that the veil of darkness will be lifted from their people and that the light of Jesus Christ will begin to break through. More specifically, we have begun praying for Central Baptist Church, one of the few Christian churches among their people. We have established contact with their pastor, Rev. Yakubu B. Abdallah (otherwise known as Barnabas) and receive frequent prayer updates from his congregation. We also have established contact with the Baptist Medical Center in Nalerigu, a medical facility who ministers to over 20 different people groups and sees approximately 65,000 patients annually. We pray that the mission of the Medical Center will be fulfilled and that each person who enters the clinic has the opportunity to hear the Gospel.
In the fall of 2007, our relationship with the Mamprusi people began to expand to more than just a prayer partnership. We have undertaken several projects to connect with the Mamprusi including the sending of 55 care packages to the children of Central Baptist Church. Each package contained personal hygiene items, toys, treats, and a pocket New Testament with child’s name inscribed. The children of our church also made friendship bracelets and salvation beads for each care package. In addition, the mission crafters and children of our church have also wrapped bandages and helped make supplies to send to the Baptist Medical Center.
In 2008, our church sent our first mission team to Ghana to be a part of the 50th anniversary celebration at the Baptist Medical Center and to begin developing personal relationships with our brothers and sisters among the Mamprusi people. Click here to see a slideshow of our mission trip to Northern Ghana (best viewed using the Internet Explorer web browser).
In 2009, our relationship has continued to grow as we have become much more active in partnering with three Baptist churches and their pastors in the Northern Region of Ghana. We have identified, befriended, and begun to financially support Pastors Barnabas, Selifu, and Zechariah and are excited about learning more about their individual churches and their needs.
In addition to providing quarterly support for these pastors, we are also in the process of purchasing “jungle motors” for all three.
These jungle motors are much like dirt bikes that will allow them to travel much more efficiently through very difficult passages and get into some of the more remote villages of the Mamprusi people, taking the gospel to places that have still never heard the name of Jesus Christ.
Our goal is to send a second team to Ghana in January 2010 to enter into many of these villages and focus on evangelism and spreading the Good News to the ends of the earth!