The Good News Theological Seminary has, since 2015, empowered the marginalized in Ghanaian society to acquire some skills to make a living. Pastors of African Independent Churches (AICs), poor women, single mothers, the youth, school drop-outs, traditional leaders, and Muslims are gathered in the Ziope and Wudzeke, traditional areas in the Volta Region of Ghana. They are taught how to weave kente, tie & dye clothing, do improved farming and equipped with other skills. The goal of the Skills Development Program of the seminary is to reduce poverty, enable self-reliant, decrease poverty and hunger.
To increase nutritional value, especially among children, the seminary sought the expertise of agricultural extension officers to teach some women how to do sweet potato gari and soya beans gari.
“Gari constitutes a daily meal to some 150 million people worldwide. It is a popular West African food. It could be compared to what potato flour is to the Westerners. It is even more versatile than that. It can be eaten as a snack in cold water on a very hot day, or cooked in hot water to make a dough-like meal called eba or gari foto to eat any of the African vegetable soups. It is a popular Ghanaian, Sierra Leonian and Nigerian food item. You cannot claim to have eaten any West African food without having eaten gari. https://www.africanfoods.co.uk/gari.html
Picture shows the women trying their hands on the improved method of preparing Gari at the demonstration shed at Ziope.
sweet potato gari and soya beans gari
The Graduation was held on Saturday, 5th May. It was well attended. 34 students were graduated. The graduands completed many educational programs - Skills Development, Certificate in Pastoral Ministry, Diploma in Pastoral Ministry and Bachelor of Theology. The last two programs which are accredited by the National Accreditation Board of the Ministry of Education, Ghana, were certificated by the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture, which is the mentoring institution of the Seminary. For once an activity of the seminary was publicized on air. There would be another Graduation ceremony in November 2018 to clear the remaining backlog of ungraduated students. Thank you for your support.
Professor Simon Deegbe - Guest Speaker
Professor Gilbert Ansere, Guest Speaker
Rev. Prof. Thomas Oduro, President of the Seminary, speaking to the graduates.
Sixty-two pastors and elders of the Peaceful Healing Church were graduated in December 2016 after undergoing a year's Certificate program in 2016. The ceremony was held at Teikrom in the Volta Region of Ghana. Fifteen of those who graduated were women. The age group of the graduating class are between 45 and 70. The Graduation was part of the annual Convention event of the Church. Rev. Ezekiel Nartey, the Vice President of the seminary, commissioned the graduands. He was assisted by Rev. Simon Bludo, a lecturer and Dr. Edward Agozie, the Acting Academic Dean.
The program was held on the third Saturday of every month for ten months in 2016 at Agate, the headquarters of the church, also situated in the Volta Region. The program is part of the seminary's policy of taking theological and pastoral studies to the doorsteps of African Independent Churches. The students studied Discipleship, Preaching, Witnessing, Biblical Leadership, Introduction to Christian Beliefs and Introduction to the Bible.
Peaceful Healing Church is an African Independent Church that was founded in 1950 by Prophet Timothy Borkuma, who was expelled from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, a Western Mission-founded Church, for emphasizing intense prayer and divine healing. The church, which has sixty congregations in Ghana and the Republic of Togo, did not have any programmed theological/pastoral education until 2004 when the present leader was enrolled in a diploma program of the seminary. Four other pastors have been trained at the seminary in the Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor of Theology programs of the seminary. The Seminary granted educational scholarships to all the five people. The Peaceful Healing Church, like many African Independent Churches, has about 85% of her congregations in the countryside. Thus, most of the members are very poor.
New offices have been constructed in the Weavers Hall. Prior to completing the project most of faculty did not have offices, and the General Office was not befitting, but now the opposite is the case.
This project has given a space to minister with some modicum of dignity to the image of the Seminary. It has provided a General office, Office for the Accounts Officer, Office for the Acting Academic Dean, Office for the Registrar, Office for the Vice President, and Office for the President.
One of three offices has been rented. It is serving as an International office of a Bible school based in Monrovia Liberia.
The construction has also saved the building from collapsing or deteriorating.
May God bless you,
Rev. Lynn Hansen for Pres. Thomas Oduro