Methodist Development and Relief Services, Ghana

Contact: Rev. Joseph Donkoh (Coordinator)
Focus: Agriculture and livelihoods

The Methodist Church Ghana serves its communities through a variety of ministries including MDRS. The current partnership between MDRS and WDR began in 2011 amongst the Ekumfi people on the south coast. Local people had traditionally relied heavily upon the forests for resources in terms of food and building materials. However, the forests are much depleted and a recent virus has largely destroyed the coconut trees. Alternative livelihoods were needed. Two fast-growing trees were planted by five communities. Cassia can be grown for charcoal production and Leucinia can be used as fodder. Charcoal is the fuel used by the majority of Ghanaians for cooking and excess can be taken to market. Producing one’s own fodder allows farmers to make the jump from crops to small ruminant husbandry e.g. goats. The programme is now diversifying with the possibility of growing new crops such as pineapple and peppers. More efficient cookers are being introduced locally and also some form of cooperative approach to charcoal production. New resistant coconut species are also being introduced.

In April 2016, a WDR media team visited Joseph, the MDRS volunteers and beneficiaries. 

PRAY

We thank you Lord Jesus for your continual presence with us as the people called Methodists.
We confess that our lives are empty: we have filled our lives with substitutions for Jesus, substitutions far from satisfying, therefore your commission to us to spread the news of your love, a difficult overture. May what we have in our cups be overturned and spilled out, emptied in order that they might be filled with new wine, living water. May we receive your infinite love for us, through the teaching of your words, your life, and our word, and most important of all, our lives.
Thank you for deepening links with between the Methodist Churches in Ghana and Ireland.
Thank you for the livelihood Project and for those who are involved in it.
We pray that our labour in social ministry may draw many souls to Jesus and cups running over with new wine of Jesus.
Amen.