Tuesday, April 8, 2014

First Official Branches Created in Tamale, Ghana

Opened to missionaries in February 2013, Tamale has a population of approximately half a million and is the most northern city in Ghana that has had full-time missionaries assigned. Multiple member groups were organized within the first couple months following the arrival of full-time missionaries in 2013. By early 2014, missionary reports indicated that as many as four member groups appeared to be operating. Few convert baptisms have occurred in the city as approximately 80% of the population is Muslim and missionaries were initially discouraged from teaching Muslims.

The Church recently organized two branches in Tamale, namely the Education Ridge and the Vitin Branches. These two branches only service half of the urban area of Tamale, suggesting that the two remaining member groups continue to operate but have not attained branch status.

See below for a map of LDS units in the Ghana Kumasi Mission.

View Wards and Branches in the Ghana Kumasi Mission in a larger map


Adam said...

Just so the membership increase thread isn't taken off-topic, I've been hearing for a while that Dumaguete was going to be upgraded soon but I've been hearing that for 5 years. Did you get the info from local missionaries or is there an online source that I can read?

Ed Clinch said...

As Christianity and the Church of Jesus Christ expands, so does the cross-over to lands that are heavily populated by Muslims. This makes for interesting and sensitive proselityzing,but great all the same. Some notable Muslim nations with LDS growth are Sierra Leone, Malaysia and Indonesia. Even Turkey and Jordan have a small missionary presence.