If you are a regular church-going Baptist you probably think a preaching point is a bullet on the pastor’s powerpoint slide. In the remote regions of Northern Ghana a preaching point is a location in a remote village where people gather together to hear God’s Word. Sometimes it is under a tree, sometimes in a courtyard, other times in a school yard.
Last year, we joined Tommy Harrison for a church service in Porungon, one of his three preaching points. This year I went with him to another village about 2 miles from Porungon. Instead of meeting under a tree, they meet under a tin roof used as a school.
Dr. Femka Veldman and NY med student Pam joined us on the trip. Though it was only about 15 miles away from Nalerigu, the terrible dirt roads took almost an hour and a half to navigate.
The drive was well worth it to experience a simple, no-frills church service that focused on worship and the Word. The only musical instruments were drums (which later served as a pulpit) and there was no distracting sound system to damage our ear drums. Tommy preached in Mampruli about the good Samaritan and a man translated into Kokomba (the language of that village).
Here is a low-quality video clip from my cell phone of the drumming and dancing: