In 1964, archaeologists P.L. & P.J. Carter published a paper entitled Rock Paintings from Northern Ghana. In it they detail their discovery of ancient rock paintings in January 1963 – the first to be documented in the newly formed nation of Ghana. I myself had stumbled across some very primitive pictographs on the Gambaga Escarpment a few miles from Nalerigu (more on that in a bit) and I was curious to see what they had found 55 years ago.
The drawings (illustrated by Carter to the right) were found right along the Ghana-Togo border on the Gambaga Escarpment (just north of the village of Tusugu or Tusik). On a rock shelter in the side of the cliffs, they found the well-preserved remains of an ancient community. There were over a dozen large terre pisé structures and twice as many smaller granary like constructions. On the walls among the cliff dwellings were four collections of the rock paintings. Read More
Here’s KJ enjoying one of our first early rain storms as rainy season approaches.
Africa has long been associated with stereotypical imagery of exotic animals, remote landscapes, and thatch huts. But the people of Sub-Saharan Africa are rapidly redefining the reality of what life is like on the world’s second largest continent.
This region is comprised of 44 independent nations found south of the Sahara Desert. One billion Africans living in these countries come from over 2500 distinct ethnic groups, each with their own unique cultures and languages. Yet generally, people across the continent are hard-working, resilient, and generous. They value relationships, community, and respect.
Ministering in this massive, populous region doesn’t come without challenges. Some of them are logistical challenges like accessing hard to reach places, living in difficult conditions, political instability and corruption, the over 2000 different African languages and lack of education. Other challenges include misguided attitudes and teachings like dependency on aid and the false prosperity gospel. The majority of Africans claim to follow animism, Islam, or Christianity. However, in practice, many Muslims and Christians continue to hold on to their animistic traditions out of fear, confusion, and societal pressures.
In spite of this, we are seeing the Church continue to grow. In fact, it is estimated that by 2050, 38% of the world’s professing Christians will be in Sub-Saharan Africa. This estimate is due to Africa’s explosive population growth, most evident in the region’s congested cities and megacities. 60% of Sub-Saharan Africans will soon be living in urban areas.
This unprecedented growth provides numerous opportunities for gospel proclamation and Christian service. Such as: discipling believers, partnering with existing churches, training leaders and pastors, reaching unreached peoples in cities, ministering to refugees, meeting human needs and planting churches among the unreached and in extreme places.
Join us as we face the challenges and take the opportunities to proclaim the name of Jesus along the remote, dusty footpaths and throughout the noisy, urban streets of Sub-Saharan Africa. https://www.imb.org/sub-saharan-africa/
Commonly known as the Gold Coast Bombax (Bombax buonopozense) or ‘false-kapok’ tree has pods full of a silky cotton like substance that surrounds its seeds. Its ingenious design allows the pods to burst open and release the seeds to float away in the wind.
Here’s an video of tree opening one of the pods from the silk-cotton tree. You can see how compressed the cotton is inside as it just keeps on expanding and expanding!
In Mampruli, the tree is known as a vobga and it’s flowers are harvest to make a delicious soup. They fetch quite a price in the market when they are available.