Great ending to 2017

We wanted to give a quick up date of what God has been doing in Togo, he is moving in a wonderful and powerful way over the past few months. We know of 28 people that have made professions of faith in Jesus since last Thursday.  Twelve of these new believers are in the new church plant in Kpadape. There were just over 100 people in attendance this past Sunday. God has also been moving in the second church plant, the one we helped with in January, this past week Pastor Ben was invited to speak and share the gospel with a voodoo priestess. This priestess was known for running God followers out of the house and she was also known for being able to communicate with demonic spirits when the witch doctor could not. God spoke to her that day and she trusted him as her savoir, the people have seen a drastic change in her life through this new Faith. The priestess picked up the phone right then and had to share with her son in Ghana about her new-found faith.
Please pray as these new believers understand the true meaning of Christmas for the first time and as they grow in Christ through the next year.

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The Reason for the Season- December

“And she will have a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1: 21

Over the past months of raising support partners, we have received several good questions about why we are going to Togo. This is a great question and one we always try and answer to the best of our abilities. As Christians, we are all called to “go into all the world”, not just part of it and not just some of us. There are windows of need to serve our neighbors and community, our state and nation, as well as needs to reach people abroad: Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and ends of the earth. We can all witness and bring others to Christ through three areas: praying for missionaries and lost people, financially supporting short and long-term missionaries, and going ourselves on mission trips with our churches or going on the mission field full-time. God gives each of us individual callings or passions to certain areas of missions and people groups.

During this Christmas season the phrase we all commonly hear, “Jesus is the reason for the season”, resonated with me more than it ever has in the past. We celebrate Jesus’ birth and first coming into this world because we have all heard the true story of Jesus, Joseph, and Mary. However, the Wachi people group in Togo, have never heard about Jesus’ first coming or the promise of His second coming. God has laid this people group and country upon Marci and I’s hearts and has called us to follow in obedience to Him and go to share about the first coming of Jesus, how He came to save them from their sins. With your partnership of prayers and financial support, we know we can quickly spread the Good News to this unreached people group, so that they too, may hear of Christ’s first and soon-approaching second coming. Thank you all for your prayers and financial support. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and remember, Jesus is the Reason for the Season.

Prayer Request:

  • Our goal is to be 50% by the end of December; pray about how God can use you in reaching Togo with the Gospel
  • The hearts of the Togolese people, that God would start working even before we get there
  • Housing, our leader is on the ground looking for our home

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Giving Thanks- November

“I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.” Psalm 9:1

As we find ourselves in another holiday season, and who doesn’t love the holiday season? Not because of the decorations or presents to come, but for the time we get to spend with family and friends. I am sure everyone’s family has traditions for Thanksgiving and Christmas, well I know my family does. We always have certain food, my mom’s noodles and of course my favorite, Cranberry Wobbler. Don’t worry! I’ve already looked and when we are in Togo, I can still make this for my family! Remember how I mentioned spending time with family? In our August Newsletter, we shared with ya’ll the story of DeeDee, whose husband had wrongfully been imprisoned and had caused DeeDee to be left to take care of herself and her little family by herself. But how she handled the extremely difficult times with grace and faith in God. Well we have great news, DeeDee’s husband has been released from prison and is home with his family, finally! We are thankful that his release and charges have been dropped and is now able to return to his loved ones.
As we get closer to our goal of being fully funded, we are thrilled that one of our teammates was able to move in October and begin ministry. There are currently 3 of 8 team members serving in Togo. We anticipate a day coming soon when we will all be there serving together, reaching the Togolese with the Light.

Prayer Request:

  • Our goal is to be 50% by the end of November; pray about how God can use you in reaching Togo with the Gospel
  • The hearts of the Togolese people, that God would start working even before we get there
  • Housing, our leader is on the ground looking for our home

We ask you to pray about partnering with us in prayer and in financial investment.

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Never Alone- October

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:21-23

During this last month, God’s overwhelming peace and love has been faithful and never failing. Many know about the adoption process we are going through and how hard it has been for us and those close to us. I am going to be open and share what I have learned during this time, this month this is Marci writing. As I was talking to Taylor one night while I was away on work, he said that February was the best but also the worst month he has known. That was the month we got to bring our girls home but two weeks later they were back in foster care. I was one of those people that said,” Oh that would never happen to us”, “we don’t have to worry about that happening”. Well when we say never sometimes God has a different plan and that plan may be a completely different direction than how we wanted it to go. During these last several months, I can tell you that my faith in God has never been stronger and that I haven’t felt closer to Him then I do now. People have asked us how we have gotten through this time and how we still continue today, my answer to them is that I haven’t gotten through it, but God has given me the strength to get through it. I can tell you without a doubt I wouldn’t have been able to get through these months without Christ holding me through it all. I don’t tell you this to make myself look better, because there were days that I was down on my face, tears streaming down my face asking God how this could happen to our girls. He lovely wraps me in His arms and gives me the peace I need. So, as I finish up my letter I wanted to leave you with this quote from Proverbs 31 Women’s Ministry – “Peace comes when we fix our eyes on God’s love rather than our uncertainty.”

God has not only been faithful to Taylor and I during our adoption journey, but also in our partner development with our ministry to Togo. During times of uncertainty and fear, God would bless us with one of you joining our ministry in financial support. It is moments like these that we clearly see God’s hand in not only our adoption journey, but our continued confirmation of our calling to bring the Gospel to unreached peoples in Togo, Africa. We have reached 42% currently, steadily getting closer to our goals of arriving in Togo to spread the Good News.  Our hope is to let each of you know how important you are to us by your prayers and support.

We ask you to pray about partnering with us in prayer and in financial investment.

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The Wachi People- September

The Wachi People

It has been a busy and productive month making new partnerships with several great individuals and churches. We have seen God bless our ministry through many different ways, and are blessed to have such faithful and caring partners join our mission of taking the Gospel to unreached peoples in Togo.

The Wachi people group of Togo is unreached, yet engaged, according to:

Watchi People Stats

These terms simply mean that less than 1% of the population have even heard the name of Jesus or of His grace and forgiveness. The Wachi people’s population is 766,000 and spreads into Togo’s neighboring country of Benin. They reside in the southern, coastal region of Togo, in and around the village of Aneho. Marci and I will be living in the village of Aneho among the Wachi people of Togo to build relationships and share the Gospel, as Paul the Apostle urged in 1 Corinthians 7 to “become like and remain like”. Become like: meaning that we will recognize the importance of their culture, but not their religion. The Wachi people’s culture is open and friendly in an old-fashioned, rural sense. Remain like: we are not coming to become like the Wachi people, neither to make them like Americans, but simply to share with them the love of Jesus; not to change them as a people, but to change the desire of their hearts.

As we share the Good News with the Wachi people, we are reminded of the urgency of sharing. The average age of Togolese is only 35 years; therefore, our focus is on reaching young people and their families with the Gospel and discipling them to spread the Gospel to their own communities. We are thankful to those of you who have already partnered with us in our mission to reach the unreached and ask those of you who are praying about partnering with us to see the urgency of reaching the Wachi people with the Gospel.

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We have made it to over a 1/3 Partnered!