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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

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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.

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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!

 

August Rush

 Time keeps flying by for us, but we are grateful for the relationships and partnerships we are making as we progress in our mission going to Togo. Great miracles have happened this past month for us; we had the opportunity to share with several churches and individuals across the states, connecting with them personally about our passion to win Togo to Christ. God has also provided us the opportunity to raise $5,500 of our second payment of the tractor in just three weeks! We are truly humbled by the people God laid on their hearts to give towards this project and know He will provide the final payment on His timing.

Another miracle I would like to share with you is from in Togo, at the second church plant we helped construct back in January. The church is now fully plugged in and there are now two structures used for ministry and a soccer field at this location, which has come in use this summer during mobile sports camps evangelism. This summer, Togo Palms held their mobile sports camp here, bringing in 83 kids of which 50 accepted Christ and are now being discipled!

The picture below of the young woman and child is of DeDe. Her story is such an encouragement to anyone in need of God’s promise and hope. Her husband is in jail for a crime that he did not commit, she has very little food at home, is jobless with two little kids at home, has been refused help from her husband’s family and is 10 months behind on her rent. She has been following Jesus for less than 90 days, she is faithful to church, is learning and growing, serves any time something is needed, tells her friends about Jesus and does it all with a smile. Only Jesus can bring hope to our most difficult of circumstances.
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Thank you for partnering with us through prayer, communication, and financial commitment! We ask that you continue praying for the hearts of the Wachi people of Togo to be open to the Word and for us as we continue making life-long partnerships with others in our journey to Togo. Pray that the 3rd and final payment for the tractor we are purchasing in Togo is met through. And finally, we encourage you to share with us your prayer requests, as we wish to pray for needs in your lives and encourage each other in Christ.

 

Reconnaissant

   Reconnaissant…French for thankfulness. The month is flying by as we continue to see God leading us down the path to Togo. God has blessed us in many ways the last 30 days, many of which I will share today with you. We ended the month of June with our first church presentation of our ministry in Togo at Petal-Harvey Baptist. We were able to meet great people and partners through that opportunity.

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On July 9th, we spoke to Pleasant Hill Baptist, a small country church filled with mission-minded people on fire for the lost in Togo. Marci and I are blessed to have partners in both churches and are excited to see how God will use our partnerships to reach unreached Togolese with the Gospel.

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One thing I want to share with you all for this month is the power of prayer and giving has had on Marci and I’s lives, thus far. As some of you know, we are not only in the process of raising partnerships and funds to go to Togo, but also raising money for a tractor which we are in the process of purchasing in Togo. We were able to work a payment plan with the man selling the tractor and its attachments and we were able to raise the first payment of $5,000 by the end of June. Over the last week of offerings and special gifts we now have $3,400 of the $5,000 needed by the end of September! Marci and I are humbled and blessed by those who have given towards this goal. God has showed us once again, that if we trust in Him and in His plan, He will provide all that we need. The purchasing of this tractor and attachments, which is already in Togo, will help us in one more way of building churches and building the VBS sports camp safely and efficiently.

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Galactic June

This month we had the opportunity to share with our church VBS kids about our ministry in Togo and the needs of the unreached peoples there. We had a grand time serving the kids French-made cookies that are served in Togo and my favorite drink, bissap. Bissap is a replenishing drink made from hibiscus flowers and added sugar and water. We drank this after working long hours in the sun building the church outside Aneho, which helped replenish our bodies so we could continue our work. The kids at VBS asked many great questions from us and we were happy to share with them of life there in Togo and what our ministry is going to entail.

As you know we started the construction of the church outside Aneho, in January-February when we went on our vision trip, and we are thrilled to announce that the church is complete enough to have had their opening church celebration in that village on Saturday! The impact was incredible, 110 Togolese accepted Christ as their Savior! We are humbled and amazed at God’s great work He is continuing to do in Togo and cannot wait to arrive to serve full-time to continue God’s good work which He has started there. We ask for your continued prayers and partnership with us in our goal to reach unreached peoples with the Gospel.

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Seasons

Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter – these are the seasons we experience in the USA, but in Togo we go through Dry-Hot, Hot-Hot, and Wet-Hot. Togo is divided into three sections for their climates: North, Center, and Coastal. The northern region of Togo is primarily rocky and dry; center region being more tropical and humid; and coastal region temperatures stay about the same year-round, but with a differentiating humidity levels and precipitation changes. We will be serving in the coastal region of Togo so our average temperatures will range from the low 70’s at night to mid-90’s during the day, not including the humidity levels. With humidity, we often see actual temperatures reaching over 100 degrees during the day, therefore, hydration is always important. We also experience harmatten, a dry and dusty air that blows in from northern Togo right before we enter our Hot Season. When harmattan ends, we know we will soon begin the hottest part of the year in Togo.

 

Due to the extreme humidity in coastal Togo, we must take extra care in how we store our foods, equipment, and building supplies. For example, we purchase our building wood six months in advance, just so it has enough time to fully dry out before we begin working with it. When we eat our favorite box of B N cookies we either must eat the entire bag right on the spot (as I tend to do) or after eating our fill, place them in the fridge so that they do not deteriorate. If we were to leave our foods out, it would only take about 10 minutes for the humidity to set in and ruin the products, not to mention ants would reach them soon after that, as well.

As Christians, we also experience different seasons we go through in our walk with Christ. Sometimes the seasons we go through seem easy and really great, other times they can seem almost unbearable or as God has left us all alone, when we truly know He told us that He would never leave nor forsake us. No matter the season we go through as Christians, we can always rest in the fact that God is always walking with us through the good and the bad times and all we have to do is call on His name.

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Start, Strengthen, and Send

Taylor and I are excited to announce that we have accepted a ministry opportunity with Converge Missions to be missionaries in Togo, West Africa. We have been praying about this for some time and we have felt God telling us to take this next step.

A little fact about where we will be going and what we will be doing:

“We will be serving in an area whose primary religion is Voodoo. We will be partnering with a team focused on planting churches and sports camp ministry. Our vision is to plant reproducing churches in cultural centers so that they can then plant in more rural areas and to continue building and growing the sports camp ministry for youth, “Togo Palms”.  Togo Palms has been an effective base of ministry for the past 7 years to plant churches and minister to the Togolese population that finds half of its population under the age of 18.”

We ask you to join with us as a partner with prayer and financial support during the time that we will be serving in Togo. We are seeking monthly financial support partners during this time. Together we can effectively take the Gospel to the unreached people of Togo.

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