Challenges faced by Christian women in Ghana

Portia Yiadom

Many women are passionate for the Lord but aren’t in churches where the gospel is taught clearly. They are not being equipped to read the Bible for themselves and there are few opportunities for one-to-one bible studies. Poor literacy means that few are able to read their bibles or Christian books. This is especially true for those trapped in poverty where, for too many, a proper education is not available. Women tend to spend time with their families, siblings and friends rather than with those from their church. Prayer triplets or duos are hard because people find it difficult to trust one another and share their lives intimately.

Material needs can be very great. If their pastor is unable to meet their physical needs, women may go elsewhere to have the needs met. This can lead to sin and a turning away from the church. Others don’t have access to information about handling money leading to poor financial choices. Lack of funds can make it harder to socialise with other Christian women. There is a strong pressure for Christian women to conform to the world in the way they dress, use make-up and have an ‘attitude’ like non-believers.

Single women often find themselves stigmatised painfully by society. Christian women say it’s difficult to meet Christian men to marry as many of the men are less spiritually-mature. Financial difficulties may mean single women can feel pressured to marry anyone provided he is wealthy. Many married women have to put up with husbands who have other women. Others are not given adequate financial support from their husbands. Married women often struggle to balance ministry and family life.

Please pray with me for women in Ghana.

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