Seminary Graduate Brings New Catechisms to Ghana

Categories: Africa, Catechism, Ghana, Kusaal, Seminary

January 2011 – Nicholas Salifu graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Mo. this fall with a definite plan in mind:

“I have asked the Lord to help me bring the Gospel to people, to train more leaders, do translation, do literacy and plant churches,” Salifu said.

God has answered his prayer.  Just a few months later, with the help of the Holy Spirit, Salifu is well on his way to accomplishing these goals.

While he was a seminarian, Salifu translated Luther’s Small Catechism into Kusaal, the language spoken in his home region in Ghana.

Now, LHF has printed and shipped the catechisms, which will be used for religious instruction and as a basic text for adults learning to read.

Salifu began distributing the Kusaal Small Catechism in Ghana in early January. On Jan. 4, 2011, 2000 hardcover catechisms and 3,500 pocket-sized versions were dedicated and many were given to the people.

“At the ceremony, Madam Monica Amusah, Miss Alice Salifu and Mr. Adam Ndebugri (who had become literate through the adult literacy class) read from the catechisms to the admiration of all,” Salifu writes. “A lady remarked, ‘Now everyone will know what we believe, teach and confess.’ Another said that the catechism is easy to read and understand, and they hope many more such materials will be produced.

“I’m really excited about how people are receptive to the Gospel,” Salifu concluded. “By God’s grace, we are going to train more leaders and open new churches!”

Only with your help can this important work continue. Prayerfully consider how you can help support LHF projects.