For you parents of missionaries or missionaries preparing to come to Ghana, please know that Ghana is Africa for beginners. Ghana is 53 years old today. It gained its independence on this that day long ago from England. It is located along the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in West Africa. Tema, where the MTC is located, is the closest city to the center of the earth...that point were the longitude line crosses the latitude line.
It is 238, 535 square kilometers and is bordered by the Ivory Coast in the West, Bukina Faso in the North, Togo in the East and the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean in the South. The word Ghana means "Warrior King" in the local dialects. It has a population about half the size of France, exceeding 27 million people. The people come from a variety of ethnic and religious groups but it is the most Christian country in the world.
Ghana's economy is the ninth largest in Africa and is a major producer of petroleum and natural gas. It also is one of the largest gold and diamond producers in the world and the largest producer of cocoa.
This country does an excellent job of honoring its past while celebrating its future. It has a temple, 4 missions, and together with the other countries in Western Africa: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, is the fastest growing area in the Church for convert baptisms. Your missionary will have a wonderful experience in Ghana!