I have spent the last two years fighting alongside my Ghanaian colleagues in an effort to end child slavery on Ghana’s massive Volta Lake. Many of my colleagues are attorneys, social workers, investigators, drivers, and administrative staff. I am one of two pastors on the staff. We are on a four person team called the Outreach and Engagement team. Our mission is Our team works with government, media, NGOs and churches with the mission to educate, inspire, and mobilize the people of Ghana to rise up and demand an end to child slavery.
As a pastor, working with the churches of Ghana is the area I am most able to contribute to this struggle in which we are engaged. Back in January, Leo and I (the two pastors on staff) dreamed big dreamy dreams of what we might dare to attempt this year. One of those dreams was to venture up to the northern part of the lake, where the child-trafficking was at its absolute worst and see if we could get the churches in those areas to lead the fight against child trafficking. We concocted a plan to do a series of strategically placed pastors’ conferences in which we invite all the pastors of the many fishing villages dotting the shores of Volta Lake to come and receive training in biblical justice and equipping on fighting against child-trafficking in their communities. We dreamed of 3 such conferences, each drawing pastors from several hours’ drive along the coastline. The idea is to surround the slave-masters with churches preaching and teaching, advocating against this great injustice, and reporting cases to the authorities.
I am proud to say that by the grace of God, we have completed this vision and we just finished our last lake-side pastor’s conference of the year! This last conference was in a town called Yeji, which is the absolute epicenter of child-trafficking in Ghana. This was the most difficult community for us to win trust in, the place with the most fear and security issues, but a place of great opportunity. It took us 9 hours of hard travelling from Accra to reach Yeji and we arrived with a police escort since the final stretch of road is not the safest to drive at night without one. Our week in Yeji was incredible, we marveled at what God did! We hope and pray it is the beginning of a great breakthrough in a place that sorely needs it. I hope you enjoy the videos and pictures below.
Amen Enoch! Amen!