Mission to Northern Migrants in Southern Ghana: The Case of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana to the Bulsa People
AUTHOR : Peter Atta Ziame
ISSUE: June 2019 Volume 1 Number 2 Article 5
PAGES : 43 – 49
DOI : 10.32051/06241905
History in its broadest sense is a record of human’s migrations from one environment to another. Migration is a phenomenon all over the world as people move from one place to another in search of better settlement. There are various reasons why people migrate which includes adventure, employment, and escape from family among others. There are some who flee from political asylum and from war or conflicts in their area which leads them to be refuges. Northern Ghana has experience an influx of its people moving from the North to southern Ghana. In their migration to the south of Ghana, the Church did not realise the huge number of northern people in their midst whom mission work has to be extended to. It was not until the 1980s when the Ghana Evangelism Committee came out with a survey report indicating the numerous number of northern people in southern Ghana.We are studying the Bulsa because they embraced the Presbyterian Church of Ghana missionary work to the Northern people dubbed, Northern Outreach Programme (NOP). The social-religious life of the Bulsa people is discussed to know their religious background. The trend of their migration is considered and how they embrace Christianity in the south either as first or second generation Christians. The study is to see how mission can be done among migrants and marginalised people group in Ghana particularly and the world in general.
Author Biodata: PETER ATTA ZIAME is a PhD candidate in the Department of Religious Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He is also an ordained Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana.