Walking with Christ in West Africa

Our Founder John Day

John was a retired teacher and Baptist minister in London where, with his wife Bridget and four children, they operated an ‘open house’ policy, everyone welcome. In 2005 John suffered a heart attack and afterwards felt God guided him to visit Ghana.

John went about getting to know the culture and the chiefs, learning to gain their trust and sharing about change.

John had the privilege of getting to know ordinary people and their leaders,  he shared their hopes and fears, listened to their joys and frustrations. He prayed, wondered and asked God many hard questions (hard for him: not for God!)

He sensed that people wanted to change, that they honoured the Bible, and that this was God’s time. John felt that Discovery Bible Study (DBS) Groups was the way God wanted to speak within this culture. The first DBS Group in Shia was held in early December -within 18 months many people were sharing God’s word in Groups.

John went to His Father in heaven on 18th September 2013 after a short battle with cancer.

During his last visit to Ghana and Togo in February and May 2013 and was absolutely thrilled at the incredible growth and spread of the Discovery Bible Study groups.

We believe the work he started and loved so much, will multiply and grow throughout West Africa, with large numbers of people coming through discipleship to Faith in Christ Jesus.  

 

The Death of John Day, founder of Renew West Africa

 

It is with great sorrow that we announce the death of John Day on 18 September 2013 after a short battle with cancer.


John last visited Ghana and Togo in February and May 2013 and was absolutely thrilled at the incredible growth and spread of the Discovery Bible Study groups, now reaching an estimated half a million people in nine countries. 

A small office has been set up in Accra, Ghana and Kpalimé, Togo and his dreams of an administrative centre in the UK are going well with the organisation being registered as a charity.

Further dreams are to reach the blind and illiterate through MP3 players as well as being able to link the mercy works (orphans, schools, rescuing abused and impoverished women, improving farming methods etc). 

John has gone home to his beloved Father in heaven and we believe the work he started and loved so much will multiply and grow throughout West Africa, with thousands upon thousands coming through discipleship to Faith in Christ Jesus.  

Throughout his illness John continued to pray and agonise for the work, dictating letters as he was able, and his dying wish was that God would be glorified through his death – See John 12 V23 – 26.