The Ship Has Landed

We are blessed and happy to announce we are currently 91% supported and our start-up fund is 100% met! What that means for us to begin our journey in Togo on July 31 is:

  1. $900/monthly partnerships needed
  2. $6,868.00 for our airline tickets

We wouldn’t be where we are today without all of your prayers and support. We are so encouraged by your vision and desire to spread the Gospel to those who have never had the opportunity to hear it.

Other great news, our shipping container has safely arrived in Togo and will be allowed to be unloaded from port July 2. We are happy to hear that it safely made it to port and thank you all for your prayers. We ask that you continue to pray with us for our remaining monthly partnerships to be made and if the Lord lays it on your hearts to make a one-time-donation for our airline tickets. We welcome all prayers for our family as we continue to spend time with family and prepare our family for departure.

We are excited to see how God will use these last 36 days (not that we are counting), to continue building relationships and partnerships so that others might have the opportunity to hear of God’s amazing love for them.

Check out the Video of our family!!

Better Together!

This last month has brought a big decision for me (Marci). I knew I would be leaving my job that I’ve had for the last 7 years. This was my first job straight out of college, and I have loved every minute of it. I’ve had the opportunity to travel around the United States and I’ve met many of our amazing police officers who sacrifice so much for our communities and cities. As we approach leaving, it has been a fear of mine to leave my job, but as we know, fear is not from God. He created us and knows everything about us. We are special to Him. When He calls us, He uses our name, but my fear was not using my name. Fear was telling me, “that you don’t need to quit your great job you have but stay until you leave.” Taylor and I both prayed about this and we knew that what I was feeling was indeed fear and not from God, but what God was telling me to do was quite opposite. I needed to take a leap of faith and make the next step to leave my job in order to finish strong and be there for my children, as they begin to ask detailed questions about leaving the states, family, and what their new life will be like in Togo with us.
Our container with our ministry supplies and personal belongings is still crossing the Atlantic and will be in Togo, ready to unload July 2! We have also recently received 90% of our start-up fund that we will need when we have sandals on the ground in Togo for our house, vehicle, and language school! We are so blessed to be where we are and thank you all for your continued prayers and support. We are currently at 87% and we are setting a goal of being 100% by the end of June. For those wondering what that looks like, we are needing $1,300 monthly in order to be 100% and approved to make the move to Togo. We know God has spoken to people and people have reached out about partnering with us. We ask that you pray about being that person or persons to help us cross the finish line and begin this great ministry together in Togo.

 

Cross Cultural Training- March ’19

The past two weeks we have been at the Center for Intercultural Training (CIT) in North Carolina for a four-week training period to prepare our family for missions cross-culturally. This has been an intense, yet spiritually fulfilling two weeks, and we are looking forward to the next two weeks of training.
Some of the topics we have discussed so far have been spiritual warfare and effective cultural communication tactics. These two have been extremely helpful to us as we prepare for ministry in Togo and ministering in a Voodoo culture. Though we recognize one can never truly be fully prepared for cross cultural missions, CIT has done an incredible job of educating and opening our minds to a different way of processing and communicating in a third world culture.
As our family learns how to be better communicators of the Gospel, we also have been working diligently in raising support partners and preparing our supplies and tools to send to Togo. We will get back from training April 13 and turn around April 15 to head south with our Penske truck full of supplies and equipment to send on a shipping container to the field.
As we enter into April, we ask prayers for smooth transitions and moving processes. We also thank each of you for your continual support in prayer as we go through training, packing, partnering, and moving. This is a busy time for our family, but we are enjoying every step and day with the relationships we have made along our journey. We are currently 74% and our start-up budget is almost complete. Please pray for partners to join us, so that together, we can spread the Gospel to unreached peoples in Togo. If God is leading you to partnership with us, click the link below!

Overflow

February has been another busy month for our family of six, as we continue moving forward to our goals of moving to Togo, and as the ministry continues to spread in Togo. We attended a 4 day missions conference last week in Prattville, AL, where we were encouraged in our ministry and blessed beyond measure with supplies for our ministry and needs for our up-and-coming missionary kids. Words cannot express the gratitude we have to this church and love and friendships made with them and the other missionaries who are going out to spread the Gospel.

We reached 73% of partnerships this month and are ecstatic as we continue to get closer to our Go-Date in just 3 short months! We are constantly humbled and amazed at how God is continuing to call His people to partner and help us to further His kingdom and reach the unreached with the Gospel.

Our next steps coming up are to attend Cross-cultural training, where we will learn to effectively build relationships with another culture of people, as well as clearly share the Good News with them. This is a training program for our entire family and we are excited to learn and grow during this month of training from March 16 – April 13. Soon after we return from culture training, we will finalize packing our tools, belongs, and supplies and send out our shipping container to Togo.

As these next steps are fast approaching, we are continuing to speak and raise support partners and ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with us in prayer and financial support to spread the Light to the darkness in Togo. Our personal goal is to reach 90% by the end of April. Please join us in prayer for those individuals/churches/businesses to partner in furthering God’s kingdom to the Wachi and Gen people groups.

Prayer Requests:

  • Family preparedness as we continue to pack and gather tools and supplies to take
  • Cross Culture Training to be helpful for all six of us: March 16 – April 13
  • Financial Partnerships to be made as we press forward in reaching 100% partnered

Pressing Onward

January was a fulfilling month and we are looking forward to the few months ahead of us, as we move closer to moving to Togo! God continues to move in Togo and expanding His church with new church plants and salvations spreading like wildfire. We are excited to soon join our team in Togo to continue God’s work among the Wachi and Gen peoples.

We are currently 69% funded and have set a goal to be at 85% by the end of the first quarter. We know this to be a God-sized ask and goal, but as all of you who have followed us through our journey know, God can and has done big things!

We want to express our sincere gratitude for those of you who have already partnered with us, we ask that you continue to pray with us for the hearts of those we will be serving to continue being open to the Gospel and for us as we press on towards this goal.

For those not partnered yet, we would love for you to pray about joining us on our journey to Togo as we work to spread the Good News to the unreached peoples. Below is an example of a breakdown of how you can partner with us.

2018 Year End Achievements  

December has come and gone, now January is already upon us! We have had a busy-ministry filled December and are anticipating an equally exciting January. As you all know our end-of-the-year monthly budget goal was to be 75%, we were able to achieve 65%, with many others making commitments that will start in January. Another achievement has been made through our current monthly/annual partners and one-time support partners, by having our Start-Up Fund become two-thirds complete! We are currently on track to have our Start-Up Fund complete by April. Our Go-Date is May 2019 and we are looking forward to a busy Spring term of raising support partners, packing our belongs, and preparing our families and loved ones for our departure!

This past month was an energetic month for our churches and pastors holding evangelistic campaigns and youth camps. Many people who had never heard the Gospel were provided the opportunity to hear and receive it. Please continue to pray for the movement of the Word to continue spreading rapidly through Togo.

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Thankfulness- November ’18

Many families, as well as our family, gathered around the table this past week to give thanks for what God has done in their lives and all the many blessings He has given them over the past year. In Togo, we are giving thanks and praise to the Lord for the lives forever changed and souls saved this past week. This past weekend there was a Evangelical crusade that where 300 unreached Watchi people traveled from villages near and cities far away to hear the Gospel for the very first time. Over the course of the 2 day weekend 175 individuals accepted Christ as their Savior and have begun their journey into turning from everything Voodoo to only Christ. We rejoice with our team who shared with us this news and anticipate the day we are able to join them in this great work that God has called us to share of His great love to the many unreached peoples of West Africa.

We have set a goal to be at 75% by the end of the year, we are now at 63%. We know this is a 12% difference but we believe God can do it. Below is a way that we can accomplish this together.

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.

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

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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

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

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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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