A Christian ministry fights brain drain in Ghana.

By November 1, 2005

Ghana (MNN)–One of Ghana’s bigger challenges is keeping the highly educated in the country.

‘Brain drain,’ as it’s known, is one reason the poverty levels remain high. Doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers and other professionals have for many years packed up and left in search of a better lifestyle.

Estimates show nearly 47 percent of Ghana’s college-educated citizens live abroad. That has been the cause of considerable damage to the development of the country.

But Oasis International’s Bishop Elvina Miller says their Institute is helping to combat that. Education isn’t the only thing. What’s exciting to her is seeing the future of the church. “They are from the village here. Of course, these people who are changing, they go back into the village and the village itself is changing almost daily.”

The Institute is a state of the art facility adjacent to Benin Bay/Atlantic Ocean. It is situated on the highway between Prampram and New Ningo, one hour from Accra, the capital of Ghana.

The training center, established in 1997, is aimed at the people of Prampram and the surrounding towns. The students receive Biblical studies as well as vocational training.

We spoke with one of Bishop Miller’s students, a Dr. Charles Andoh. An architectural engineer, he’s studying computers, leadership at the Oasis Institute in Prampram. Of the ministry, he says, “I am now ready to go among my people to spread this message that one cannot live without letting others know about Christ Jesus. I think this is God’s blessing for us in Africa.”

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