Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students (GHAFES) is a national movement of Christian fellowships in the tertiary institutions of Ghana. It is the oldest and largest of students’ Christian movements in Ghanaian tertiary institutions.
1. National and indigenous
2. A fellowship
3. Evangelical (Bible based)
4. Committed to student initiative and leadership
5. Inter & Non denominational
6. Committed to Small group Bible discussions
Knowing Christ and making Him known.
A committed and dynamic inter/non-denominational evangelical movement in all Ghanaian tertiary institutions with students being Christ-like; making disciples; becoming responsible people; and making positive impact in society.
We, an inter/non-denominational evangelical movement, are committed to missions, equipping and empowering tertiary Christian students to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ and be agents of change on their campuses, in their churches, communities, the nation and beyond.
1. Local campus fellowship programmes.
2. Zonal rallies and conferences.
3. Leadership training Seminars.
4. National Annual student conferences.
5. National student executive congresses
6. Student-In-Church-Evangelism (SICE) (A Short term Experience in Rural Mission)
7. Literature Promotion.
8. Associates Seminars and Conferences.
GHAFES was born from the missionary zeal of young graduates from the UCCF of the UK. Inspired by the leaders of their movements to choose their careers and professions with mission in view, they viewed the emerging independent African states as mission fields in which they could practice their profession and be witnesses of Jesus Christ.
Propelled by this, some took up appointments in our universities where, in addition to their professional responsibilities, they gathered students to share the word of God with them and encourage them in their Christian faith. These students banded together to form the University Christian Fellowship (UCF) and Inter-Hall Christian Fellowship (IHCF) of Legon and KNUST respectively. The fellowship at the University of Cape Coast formed a bit later and at 1966 conference in Koforidua, the three groups met to form the Ghana Inter-University Christian Fellowship (GIUCF).
As the vision bore fruit in the ensuing years, more groups were formed and affiliated at the initiative of committed student leaders. As more groups affiliated throughout the 1970’s, the need for a name change to reflect the breadth of the ministry was increasingly felt. Consequently in 1975, the name Ghana Fellowship of Evangelical Students – GHAFES – was adopted.
From humble beginnings of 3 fellowships, GHAFES has grown to embrace 40 fellowships (and growing) on campuses around the country. The fellowship operates within a fast changing, multi-dimensional campus environment, but continues its mandate in this new millennium to know Christ and make Him known!
GHAFES is a member of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES), a worldwide fellowship of national student movements committed to engaging the university world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
IFES and GHAFES share an emphasis on:
• Leadership formation and
• Responsible Church membership and citizenship
Find out more about IFES here: http://ifesworld.org/en.