New podcast each Tuesday!

Audio report from World Magazine on DNA’s partners in Africa

Share This Post

In 2012, DNA trainer Chris Ampadu and his Samaritan Strategy Africa (SSA) team in Ghana became the first-ever non-American organization nominated for World Magazine’s Hope Award for Effective Compassion, considered among only four other finalists.

Marvin and Susan Olasky visited Ghana in 2012 to report on Samaritan Strategy’s work.

While Chris and Samaritan Strategy ultimately were not chosen for the award, Marvin Olasky (World Magazine’s editor-in-chief) and his wife, Susan, reported extensively on their work. Click here to read Marvin’s story from the September 2012 issue.

We recently came across an 8-minute audio story about Chris that Susan produced. “He is starting a worldview movement,” she says while describing how the teachings of SSA lead to long-term, wholistic transformation and a sustainable emergence from extreme poverty.

Click below to hear the story:

“Samaritan Strategy trains people in Africa to see that Jesus came to change all of life,” Susan says in her report. “It teaches the value of hard work, of loving your neighbor, of growing in a balanced way.”

ghana0831Susan’s report highlights the “wholistic clubs” SSA encourages churches to form: groups of local church members who serve their surrounding communities in creative, practical, God-honoring ways using only local resources. She focuses on a group of women who, despite the obstacles of finding stable employment in Ghana, diligently make brooms, soap and baskets to sell in the market. Their church uses the profits to fund community projects like digging a clean-water well to serve dozens of local neighbors.

“That’s a new way of thinking,” Susan says. “They didn’t wait for the government. They didn’t wait for an international development group; they did it themselves.”

She goes on to say: “Samaritan Strategy believes these small steps teach responsibility, helping to break the cycle of dependence. It is bringing hope to this part of Africa, and that’s why it is the first-ever Hope Award winner in the international division.”

Learned something new? Have a question? Enjoying this post? Let us know!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Like what you're reading?

Subscribe to the DNA blog and get updates directly in your inbox.


Podcast Episode

Hijacked Love with Bob Moffitt

The word “love” is everywhere, but what does it really mean? How can we love biblically? Bob Moffit joins us this week to discuss these questions and more.

DNA News

Critical Race Theory Conference & Livestream

THIS Saturday, Sept. 24, Scott Allen will be a keynote speaker in Harrisville, PA, teaching on the topic of “Critical Race Theory: Is It Critical or Corrupting?” Livestream available!


Let's have a chat

Learn how we helped 100 top brands gain success.