What Easter Means to Sponsored Children in Ghana

“Easter assures me of the love God has for me”: A Q&A with four teens in Africa.

Compassion sponsors enable churches to deliver the Gospel to children living in the most desperate circumstances.

The message of Jesus’ sacrifice, love and Resurrection resonates with many sponsored children so much that they can’t wait to share their faith with their loved ones. Entire families come to know God’s love because of Compassion’s program, the churches who implement it, and the sponsors who minister to children through letters and monthly support.

As Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter on April 1, four sponsored teenagers in Ghana reflect on what Easter means to them.

Edwina Elorm Tettey, 15

Q: What do the death and Resurrection of Christ mean to you?
A: It means a new hope for me because He died so that I can be called a child of God again.

Q: What do you like about Easter?
A: It shows the power of God, who overcame death.

Q: How do you celebrate Easter?
A: In my church Easter is all about … prayer, mourning, rejoicing and thanksgiving. [On] Good Friday, that is the day Jesus was crucified, we go to church in mourning clothes. On Sunday we dress in white clothes and go to church rejoicing and praising God.

Q: Is Easter a sad or happy time for you?
A: Easter is a happy day because the day reminds me of what Jesus did for me. I am happy also because I have hope of going to heaven if I believe in Jesus and look up to Him for help.

Derick Nana Kwame Antwi, 16

Q: What do the death and Resurrection of Christ mean to you?
A: Jesus’ death and Resurrection mean a lot to me. His shed blood took away all my sins. Unlike the Old Testament days where one had to sacrifice goats, sheep, cows and other animals to pay for sins committed, today Jesus’ death has taken care of all that. His Resurrection assures me that He has conquered Satan. All I need to do now is to believe in Jesus and allow the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me always.

Q: What difference does Jesus make in your life?
A: Jesus has brought a lot into my life. Without Jesus I would not know God, I wouldn’t have been going to church, and I would not even try to do what is right. The child development center revealed Jesus and the Bible to me, and it has taught me to be humble and obedient just like how Jesus humbled himself even though he was a king. He even came to serve others.

Q: What do you like about Easter?
A: What I like about Easter is how Christians come together during the period. Easter serves as a period of unification of church members [who] converge at convention grounds throughout the week.

Q: What will you tell people your age who do not know about Jesus?
A: He is the only Savior, and when you choose Him as Lord and Savior, you will have everlasting life in heaven.

Leticia Esinam Agbemazi, 15

Q: What do the death and Resurrection of Christ mean to you?
A: Easter assures me of the love God has for me to sacrifice His only son for me.

Q: How do you celebrate Easter?
A: Easter is not a celebration as such. It is a time to reflect and be grateful to God. … It is also a time to repent of our sins and forgive one another for the bad things we might have done to one another.

Q: Is Easter a sad or happy time for you?
A: Easter is a very sad time for me. When we go to church all you hear about is the suffering of Jesus. … It makes me sad to think that it is because of me He had to suffer and die. It hurts me more that Jesus did not do anything wrong to be treated that way.

Q: What will you tell people your age who do not know about Jesus?
A: Jesus had to suffer for us to set us free from sin and hell. So we must believe in Him and make Him our Lord and personal savior so that we can go to heaven. … He is the only true God in heaven and on Earth.

Frank Elorm Gah, 13

Q: Why should Christians celebrate the death and Resurrection of Christ?
A: Christians must celebrate Easter because the occasion assures them of the hope of forgiveness of sin. They can go to Jesus and ask for their sins to be forgiven if they repent.

Q: We know that Jesus is all powerful and can command our sins to be forgiven. So did He have to die for our sins to be forgiven?
A: Yes, He had to die because it was a mission for Him to come and accomplish here on Earth. He was the only holy lamb whose blood could wash our sins.

Q: Is Easter a happy or sad occasion for you?
A: I am both sad and happy at Easter. I am sad because Jesus suffered so much for my sake, but I am happy because at the end He gave me the hope of heaven because He took away all my sins.

Q: What will you tell people your age who do not know about Jesus?
A: Some of my friends become afraid when they hear about hell. So I will just tell them that if they want to go to heaven, they must take Jesus as the Lord and Savior.

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