Kofi Amoateng, Founder and Director at Africa Gateway Missions, once helped to plant 13 churches in a week, and planted an additional 11 churches in three years. Africa Gateway Missions believes if they have at least five people gathered together, they can start a church. He brought that philosophy to the U.S., and during his time as a Ph.D. student has planted a growing Ghanaian congregation at Trinity Hill United Methodist Church in Lexington, Ky.
In 2008, Kofi discovered the Ghana Evangelism Committee report that indicated there were 14,000 villages in Ghana where Jesus had not been preached. Kofi, already a minister in the Ghanaian Methodist Church, took this statement as a challenge and founded Africa Gateway Missions in response.
“There are churches we planted with established denominations,” Kofi said. “The denominations worked with us to plant churches, and there were villages without churches where we saw the need ourselves, and without help from any denomination, we went ahead and planted churches.”
From 2008-2012, Africa Gateway Missions has planted 11 thriving churches. Each pastor receives 50 pounds per month, which is about $70-$75 in the U.S.
“I always work with people who work, not for what they get, but what they can do for the Lord and other people,” Kofi said.
Kofi’s life is a testimony to someone who lives to help others. Although his father only attended church on Christmas and Easter, his father’s secretary took him to church each Sunday at Agona Swedru in Ghana. Kofi experienced his call to ministry in a dream when he was 12 years old.
In his dream, the sky rained fire, instead of water. People everywhere tried to move to safety, but wherever they went, there was fire. He awoke startled.
“Is this how it’s going to be on the judgment day?” Kofi asked. “Then, I need to warn people.”
From that point on, Kofi started preaching about Christ’s return in the market, on buses and community centers. As a teenager, Kofi left the faith, but returned when his future wife invited him to church.
“I thought, ‘If that is the only way I’m going to get her to become my friend, why not?’” Kofi said.
Kofi later joined the Wesley Evangelical Society and started planting churches with that group for the Methodist Church. However, he struggled with sexual addiction and affairs.