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“The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue.  It never needs a furlough; is never considered a foreigner.”
William Cameron Townsend

just read this quote and it struck me about how true that is and it is very timely for this email that I am sending.  One of the biggest things I could ask you to pray for right now is for the printing of our Kabiye New Testament.  I will be receiving soon the final text that needs to be proofread before being sent to the printers.  We will be having 3 people reading it thoroughly, checking punctuation, spelling etc.  We are sensing Satan’s attacks against our translators and ask that you would pray for them.  Satan is not happy that the word of God will be going out.  We are so thankful for the funds that have come in to pay for the printing, especially for a generous gift from Community Baptist Church in South Bend, IN.


It is so good to be back in Mango.  I have loved seeing my friends again.  I just had a visit with Medina, she has been helping her mom alot so I have not seen her much since I have been back.  Please pray that I can continue the bible study with Medina after I get back from traveling again.  Please pray as well for my relationships with Fata, she is a Muslim woman who is now at the water pump alot, and Rachael and Ramatou.  Pray that I would just love this ladies and that God would show me how to reach them.


Pray as well for the kids in my neighborhood, they will be coming around 4pm to play.  I now have grass in my yard, and they love to play on it as right now there is no grass anywhere during the dry season.  I hope to start a kids’ club with them and do a chronological bible stories with them.


I have also started my language studies again.  Pray that I will work hard in this area.  It was nice to have a break and I am excited to work at it again.


It is also exciting to see what has been done at the construction site for the hospital.  Roofs on buildings, tile in the bathrooms and we hope to soon start the foundation of the hospital itself.  Please pray for the health of Kevin who just arrived up here to work on the project.  He is at our hospital in Tsiko for some problems and we really need him up here, as the Weinbergs will be leaving in two weeks for a furlough.  We also praise God for $350,000 that came in December for the project!!!  We are so thankful for all those who have given!!


I will be traveling south on Sunday to attend our team meetings next week.  The following week we will be doing more interviews for the nursing class.   So please pray for the need for 5 more candidates.


I am praising God for allowing me to be back.  He has given me a love for the people of Mango.  I would also ask you to continue to pray for Kareem, the guard who has made a profession of faith but is being greatly oppressed by fear.  I was able to see him with the Neufelds on Sunday.  It was so sad to see him so oppressed.  Pray that he would walk in faith; it is a big step in this culture as he is in a Muslim family and his brother is a Muslim priest.


We so covet your prayers.  I myself sense the need to be more diligent in prayer.  The battle is becoming more intense so is the need for us to be on our knees.  Thank you for your faithfulness to pray!


Greetings from nice and warm Togo!!  Yes, I made it safely back here on Friday.  I had a good flight over, and got bumped up to a better seat during my first flight which was great for sleeping.  The second flight was extremely crowded and took an extra hour to deal with the excessive carry on baggage.  So I arrived in Ghana at 1pm Ghana time.  I praise God for fixing my car which had problems on the way over to Ghana, but we had no problems going back.


  I drove up to Tsiko on Friday with two short term missionaries who are here to help with our Christian schools.  I was too tired to ring in the New Year so I went to bed at 10pm.  I was able to see Roger whose 3 year old son passed away over a month ago.  I really did not know what to say to him but was glad to give him a hug and tell him that I would continue to pray for his wife and him in their loss.  He is a great inspiration as I know that he trusts God even though he does not understand and it is very difficult for them.


I came down to Kpalime, where the blind school is and am staying with Beky until tomorrow.   Yesterday I was able to see my friend Viviane.  Please continue to pray for her as her marriage is very difficult.  Her husband has another wife and she gave birth to their baby a few months ago.  He husband still comes and goes as he pleases.  I have offered for Viviane to come and live with me in Mango to help with the ministry there.  She is reluctant to leave her husband so...  pray that God might encourage her and show her what his will is. 


 It was a joy to worship with the Agou church.  We had a time of sharing testimonies and praised God for the building that He has given us.  It was fun to see them all again and they have faithfully prayed for me while in the states and for my step father.  This afternoon I was able to see Komi and Raoul who work at the school.  It was good to get a report about how the students are doing.  Please continue to pray for Adeline as she is struggling in her class. 


Tomorrow Beky, Akouwa and I are headed to Lome to do some grocery shopping and see some people there as well.  I also will be talking to a mechanic about looking for a new car for me.  Someone has offered to help me buy a newer car, as my current car is 20years old and have put alot of money into it the last few years.  Please pray for wisdom to find the right car. 


Tuesday we will drive to Akouwa’s family’s village to greet her family as her father’s funeral was held during our absence in the states.  I will then continue to Kara where I will spend the night and then get my Togo visa renewed before driving up to Mango on Wed


I was able to call my friends in Mango on New Year’s to wish them a Happy New Year, it was great to hear their voices and tell them I would be coming soon.  I am eager to get back “home”.  I am thankful that I feel Mango is my home now and that I truly sense that is where God has called me to be.  Please pray that I would be a vessel that I will bring honor to our God in Mango. 


Thank you so much for your prayers and Happy New Year to each of you.  May we see God to do great things in 2011!


I would ask you to pray for a dear brother in Togo, Roger, and his wife, as their 3 year old son died suddenly yesterday evening.  He was very sick and hospitalized at our hospital on Sunday but they were unable to determine what his illness was.    Roger is a humble servant of God that is involved with many ministries in Togo and his wife is an employee at our hospital.  They would appreciate your prayers, that God would grace and comfort in this difficult time and that they might see someone come to faith in Christ through this.  We are all saddened but trusting God.  Thank you for praying for them. 
Thank you for your continued prayers for the ministry in Togo.  I am excited to hear of what God continues to do in Togo, below is part of an email from Tim Neufeld our Team leader in Mango:  

“We continue to look for opportunities to share Christ with the people of Mango, and are not alone.  Nogbedji spoke with me this week of his joy that Afusé, a teenage apprentice, had shared the gospel with an elderly Muslim man she had come to know.  This man came to Nogbedji later in the week weeping and saying that he is so happy to finally know the truth.  We find more and more people who don’t really know what they believe.  Islam is a very social religion, and it is difficult for people to break away from it without being excluded from the community.  I wonder if it isn’t similar to Jesus’ day when to be put out of the synagogue meant total exclusion from Jewish society.

      We would ask your prayer support for Kareem, one of our guesthouse guards who is suffering greatly from fear of fetish activity.  We don’t know if his situation is one of mental illness, or satanic attack, but he has been unable to work.  Nogbedji and I went to visit him on Friday, and we found him in his brother’s room, sitting almost in a trance on the bed.  His brother said that he had not been to his own house for a month, and when he finally spoke, it was almost in a whisper, and he talked of seeing fetishes when he looks at the rocks, and even when he looks up into the sky.  His brother has studied to be a Marabou (a Muslim fetish priest), but said he didn’t get very far in that knowledge.  So they have gone to see men who supposedly know more.  Our question of course is, is it that activity that has opened him to satanic attack?  They don’t see it as involvement in animism, but rather address their prayers to Allah, and think they are coming to God for His help.  They do things like writing words of the Quran on to a blackboard, then washing the words from the board and having the person drink the mixture.  In this way they think the person is taking God’s word into his body.  There are other superstitions as well.  Kareem’s brother spoke of an annual offering their clan makes to a crocodile that lives in the Oti River.  It probably involves sacrificing a chicken to the reptile, and while he insisted that it is a clan, and not an individual activity, we are asking ourselves if this has not in some way opened the door for Satan to attack Kareem.  People are bound in fetish darkness, even though Mohammed spoke against the idolatry and animism of his day.  It’s what is called “Folk Islam” and it seems to be very strong here in Mango. “

I made a quick trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan this week.  I was able to meet with Bibles International about our Kabiye New Testament project.   They are close to finishing the formatting.  Then it will be proofread by the translators in Togo.  We hope that it will be published and shipped to Togo by March of 2011.  So thank you for praying for this project.  I just talked to one of our pastors in Togo yesterday and they are excited about the news.   Pray for all these last steps that it will enable us to get the word of God to these people in Togo.

I would also like you to pray for travels as I leave St. Charles this morning and head south.   I praise God for the very encouraging time I have had with my church, New Covenant Bible Church and with many dear friends in this area.   I will be traveling through Thanksgiving when I will return back to Michigan to spend the holidays with my family.   I will be stopping to see friends and supporters as well as share with some churches the ministry in Mango.  

Thank you so much for your faithful prayers .  I am overflowing with thankfulness to God for each of you and His faithfulness to me!!

I received this update from one of the missionaries, Tim Neufeld, in Mango.  It talks about one our guards, he guards one night a week at my house as well.  Tim writes:

Adam (weekend guard) came by to tell us that his wife was pregnant and bleeding.  I envisioned a miscarriage, but later found out that she was coughing blood.  She was also passing blood, probably because of amoebic dysentery.  Not good at any time, but especially when pregnant.  She had not taken the Flagyl prescribed earlier, and I can’t blame her.  That’s one medication where the cure is almost worse than the disease.  So she was treated for malaria with quinine injections, and given a host of other medication (including more Flagyl), which cost me $17.00.  In the States it would probably have been $200, so I’m not complaining.  She was admitted to the hospital for the night, and that cost a dollar.  Before you become too envious, this is not a hospital to which you would want to be admitted.  Tomorrow they will run tests for Tuberculosis, and I fear that is a real possibility.

      The fear of evil spirits and their dark power is a terrible scourge on this continent.  We are currently dealing with an employee who has been unable to come to work because he fears that someone put a curse on him.  He spotted something that he believed was a fetish, and the same day there was a terrible thunderstorm.  Many Africans think that thunderstorms are evidence of demonic activity.  In his mind the storm was proof that a fellow employee had used dark power against him.  He has been too frightened to return to work.  We hope to counsel him, as he has made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ.  I was planning to meet with him and Mr. Nogbedji this afternoon to see if we could help him, but then the thing with Adam’s wife came up.  So, hopefully this week we will find an opportunity to get together.

 Many of you have asked about my step father, Rip.  He continues to be stable so we are thankful.  Please continue to pray for him as well.  
I am so thankful for the opportunity to see many of you and share what God is doing in Togo.  And I am so encouraged by many of who take the time to read these updates and pray.  Thank you so much for the encouragement that you are to me.   

For His glory in Togo,


Praise God for His faithfulness.  We were able to worship in the new Agou church building on July 31 and last Sunday.  It is such a blessing!!  So nice to sit on pews and with the pews filled!!  Several people from the neighborhood came so we are very thankful to see new people coming and have a place to sit.  So thank you so much to all of you who have given and all of you who have prayed.  

Yesterday we had a great day we had a great day at the beach celebrating my birthday and the birthday of Richard. Richard and his two brothers and sisters lost their mom a few years ago.  The oldest brother lived across the street from friend Beky.  Since the loss of their mom , Beky has kind of adopted them as the father does not take good care of them.  So it was fun to share the day with them splashing in the water, making sand castles, and playing Frisbee and soccer.  Thanks to all of you who sent birthday greetings.  That was a big encouragement to me.  I am blessed in many ways!!!  

I also thank God for his protection.  We were visiting some people Sun. afternoon when we noticed that my car was leaking water.  I found out yesterday that the head gasket is blown and needs to be replaced.  I am thankful that it did not happen while driving to Lome which I was planning to do yesterday and that it happened while I am in the south and there are mechanics that can fix it.

Thanks for your prayers for me while at the Tsiko hospital.  It has been very busy as we have an orthopedic team here including two surgeons.  We praise God that they were able to redo the hip of Mr. Nogbedzi who has suffered for several years with a hip replacement that has been loose.  These doctors have been very busy as there are not good orthopedic doctors here in Togo.  So please praise God for these doctors who have helped lots of people.  

We also praise God for sparing the life of a little girl of one of church leaders, she accidently inhaled a kernel of corn and was not doing well.  She was not breathing well at all. The doctors decided to go in as they did not have the right equipment to be able to take it out, they were able to cut the kernel into pieces and remove most of the kernel. It is really a miracle that she is alive.   

What is most exciting is to see people coming to Christ everyday.  We are thankful for the staff have been sharing  who share the gospel with many patients.  Dr. Crowe shared with us that a muslim woman made of profession of faith while she was being examined.  He said that is the second muslim woman that he has see come to Christ in the month that he has been here.  So we praise God for God continues to use this hospital to draw people to himself.  Please pray for the hospital as we since the enemy’s attacks.   

Please continue to pray for us this next week as we make selections for 20 new employees who also want to be considered eventually for the next nurses training program.  We received 240 applications, so it was a bit overwhelming to see all of these applications, but the first thing we did was to pray over all of the applications that God would direct us in these decisions.  We see each one as an individual who wants an opportunity to work and to minister for God.   Pray for us as we make selections of who we will interview.  

Rejoicing in Him and thankful for you,

I am thankful for what God is teaching me about making disciples in Mango.   It has always been a dream as a missionary to live among the people where you are working.  This week I have seen God giving me opportunities to minister to people as you live day to day with them. 


Behind my house there is compound that has several different rooms with different families living in them.  One of the families the father is a military officer who is currently getting training in Lomé.  His wife is very pregnant with their 3 child.  She is almost at her due date and the govt. hospital here in town said that she needed to go to Dapong, which is an hour away, to have her baby.  The baby is too big and she might need a c-section done which that cannot do at the govt. hospital as there is no surgeon.  So last week I took her to Dapong as to ride a taxi is often overcrowded and not the most comfortable.  I was thankful to have a way to show her that I wanted to help.  She seemed to really appreciate the ride.  As of today she has not yet had the baby.


Her son, Marius, came over the next day, last Sat. and had nothing to do.  I thought it would be fun if we could do a little corn field in my back yard.  So he and I started digging rows to plant the seed.  In a bit the other kids, whose picture I have sent before, came to help put the corn in the ground.  We have been doing a chronological study of the bible, starting with creation, so I took the opportunity to ask questions about who created this corn that we were planting.  It really was fun to do with them, and our corn is already sprouting!! 


On Tues. afternoon one the neighbor girls came to get me to say that an older man that lives behind me was sick and needed to go to the hospital.  I got my car and went over to pick him up.  He was not able to walk and seemed as if he was having a stroke.  We took him to the govt. hospital.  It was an interesting experience watching the process.  It was quite sometime before they got an IV in him and since they have no doctors the nurse started doing the treatment.  A few hours later he died.  I learned the next morning that they took his body to Kara, which is 2 hours away as they do not have morgues here in Mango.  I went to give my condolescenes to the family.    It reminds me of people here that are dying with no hope, who are lost.  That is why we are here!   So please pray for this family and that I might have an opportunity to talk with his daughter about eternal things. 


A few days ago I was talking to some women who were outside sitting and talking.   They were asking me about what I had prepared to eat that day.  I said it was something American.  They commented about wanting to come and eat.  So I invited them to come today, Friday and try some.  This morning I went and again invited them to eat at noon.  Later I saw one of the ladies again and said that I had prepared the food and were they coming?  She said yes.   All afternoon they never came.  I went out later to go visit a woman and her son who live right behind my house.  The little boy has cerebral palsy and does not walk or talk,  but has a beautiful smile which lights up when you talk to him.  Again it was a great encouragement to go visit him and his grandmother was so thankful that I had come to see them. 


So finally at 8pm last night my lunch guests showed up to eat!!  I am learning alot of being flexible and just loving people.  It is all about loving people without thinking of my own agenda.  We had a nice visit and I told them that I was very happy that they came (even though they were 8 hours late!).  So I praise God for the relationships He is building here.  I pray that I might continue to be a light of Christ to these people. 


Medina continues to come for our chronological study.  I praise God that He is really working in her life and is giving her a desire to understand His word.  I gave her a copy of the New Testament in French and Arabic.  She said that her husband is also reading it in Arabic.  Please pray that God’s word will open their eyes to truth and they would understand what Christ has done for them.


I also wanted to update you on the hospital construction.   They were able to figure out a way to lift up the tresses without a crane, it is quite a process, but praise God it worked.  Also, regarding the well, there is more water coming out now so it is enough for to provide for our present needs.  So praise God for that, and pray that God might continue to bring more water.   The exoneration we have now heard has not been accepted so we will have to pay duty on anything brought in.  Pray that God might provide the means to pay for this cost. 


Finally I would ask for prayer as I travel on Sunday to the south.  I will be filling in for the director of our Tsiko hospital while she is in the states.  There are some difficult issues going on so pray for great wisdom and humility as I serve in this role.  Pray for the hospital as an employee has sent a threatening letter to several missionaries there and to another Togolese working in Administration.  Pray for protection of Germain and his family as well as the work at the hospital.     Pray that this person might be made known and would have a spirit of repentance. 


I am so thankful that I serve the creator of the universe, the King of Kings, who reigning and ruling over all!!  Pray that I might be most satisfied with Him and that my greatest desire is that others would see Him in me!


Thanks so much for your faithful prayers,






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I have
enjoyed having lots of guests in my house this month.  With my friend
Solim here for the month, she has been able to cook lots of African
meals.  I am thankful that Medina
and her
son and daughter were able to come for pate one day.  In the
picture below you will Solim and Medina
and her children.  What I am really excited about is that Medina and I have started
a chronological bible study.  She is very interested in learning what the
Bible says.  So please pray for Medina
and I as we meet
on Sat. morning to study God’s word, pray that she might
understand the message of God’s word.

One of the
ministries in Mango is a sewing apprenticeship for orphans from surrounding
villages.  It has been started by a Togolese man named, Nogbedzi.  He
and his family moved here to start this ministry.  He currently has 17
apprentices.  We hope that many will be saved and will go back to their
villages to be a light that might penetrate their villages.  This past
Friday eve. We, the Neufelds and myself, had all the apprentices at my house
for a social.  We played games (see photo below) and then some
songs.  Tim Neufeld our team leader shared a devotional from God’s
word.   We really had a good time, and I truly enjoy spending time
with them.   Two of the apprentices have already been saved in this
last year, so we praise God for that.  Please pray that God would
continue to work in their hearts of the apprentices.

Thank you for
praying for Solim and her stay with me.  We have had some good
conversations about what God is doing in her life.  She will be leaving
tomorrow to go to Dapong to spend two weeks with her sister and family.  I
will be taking her, pray for us as we share the gospel with her sister’s
family.  Pray also for Solim that she will continue to serve and love
God will all of her life.

 Thank you as
well for praying for Joseph who works in literacy with me.  We really
thought that he was seriously ill but God has strengthened him and is doing
much better and able to be home with his family.  So praise God for his

This past
week letters have been sent out seeking new employees for our hospital in
Tsiko.  We hope to be hiring 15-20 new employees that could later be
considered as candidates for the next nursing training program.  We are
hoping to get candidates from the north of
that would be able to serve as nurses at our Hospital of Hope
in Mango.  Please pray that God would bring the people that He would
want to be considered as possible nurses,  people that want to see this
work as a ministry and not just a job opportunity.

In a few
weeks, I will be going down to Tsiko for about a month.  Annette Williams
the directrice is going to the states for a few months and asked if I would
help fill in for her in her absence.I would ask that you pray for the hospital at Tsiko for a problem with some employees.  Satan
is really attacking in this situation, I would ask that you would pray much for
this ministry.  Also pray for baby Sarah.  She is the orphan baby that was 3 months premature. The hospital is seeking custody with the courts,
pray that would grant this soon so she can be placed in a
Christian home. 
(see picture of her below)

 I am thankful for the progress with the Anufo language.  I am actually starting to say phrases
and understand more.  Please pray for continued discipline to study as I need to.  I thank God as well for the opportunity to share the story
Adam and Eve with my language partner, Roukiya, this past week.  That
was very exciting.  Pray that God would give more opportunities to share from God’s word.

 And finally
pray for the ongoing construction of the Hospital of Hope. 
We were unable to find a crane, it is a long story.  But they have figured out another
way to get the tresses up on the buildings .  So pray that God would
protect our workers as they try to do this in the next week or so.
Medina and her children: Togo, Africa




Since my last letter, God
has reminded me of the brevity of life, as I see many people who are nearing
the end of their lives.  It reminds me of the wonderful grace that God has
given to me in Christ, and the hope that I have in Him !!  May I be
diligent to share that hope with people here in Togo.    Last week heading back
to Mango, we stopped in the village to see Akouwa’s family.  Akouwa lives
with Beky in Kpalime and is a good friend of mine.  Her father is dieing and we
wanted to stop to see him and her family.  We had the opportunity to share the
hope of the gospel with her mother.  Pray that she truly understands and puts
her faith in Christ.  Pray also for Akouwa’s father and for her family.

I have been working with
two pastors the last five years in literacy program.  One of them is Joseph who
lives in kara,  in the north.  He was hospitalized this past week and looks
like he is dying as well.  Pray for him and his wife and 3 children.  Two of
his children are handicapped.  It is very sad situation but we are trusting
that God is working in it for his glory.  Praise God for what you see
above, the Agou church building !!!!!   I was able to stop and take this
picture on my way back up to Mango.  We are so thankful for it and for all of
you who have given gifts to make it happen.  Please pray that John Teusink will be able to get it done before he leaves for his furlough in July.

We are thankful for the progress of the construction of the Wendell Kempton Memorial Hospital , Hospital of Hope.  Below you see a picture of about 20 guys moving a tresse for a roof.  We hope to start putting tresses on the buildings this next week if we
can rent a crane for a decent price.  Please pray that we will  find one.  We
are thankful for several teams from the states that have come out to help and
we need lots more.  If you have an interest to come, let me know.  The
temperatures are getting much cooler now, 90 J  as it is
starting to rain.  And it will soon be down in the 80s.  Yes, I know some of
you still think that is hot, but it is much nicer than 120.   One of my jobs is filling in for Randy Young who went to the states to be with his dad who had cancer surgery.  I am helping do payroll and pay for other expenditures for the project.

Many of you have asked about the water and tax exoneration.  We are still
waiting on both issues.  Keep praying !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you for praying for my language studies.  It is kind of amazing to me that I am learning Anufo in  French.  So I am reminded that just as God helped me learn French , He will also help me learn Anufo.  It is coming along ,  but please continue to pray
for this as it is a tiring process, but so needed.  People get excited to see
that we are learning their language.  They say that it is one of the most
effective ways to reach people, in their own mother tongue.

Speaking of reaching people, I ask continued prayer for the people that God has put into my life here in Mango.  Pray that God work in the hearts of Medina, Roukiya, Sukala, and Adam, and these kids that you see below.  The kids live in the compound
behind me and come over once a week.  Pray for Fidose, Maurice, Monique and
Adanane.  May they see Jesus in my life.  And for Solim who is staying with me
a few weeks.  She is a young lady that I have discipled over the years.  That I
might encourage her in her walk with the Lord.
“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him....” 

I have been reminded several times this last year, that we can always rest in

Him and wait on his timing and plan.   Thank you for praying for the well

digging for the Hospital

of Hope in Mango.  They

came again yesterday, Monday, to drill another 60 meters to 300 meters...to

find no water.  It is hard to imagine going that deep and not finding water but

it shows how dry this area of Togo

is.  We are discussing our options, possibly connecting to the the city of Mango water lines.  Their

water is pumped from a nearby river. So please continue to pray for wisdom to

know what is the best option for the hospital. 


Many of you have also asked about the tax exoneration.  I

will attach the update from Randy Young, who is our missionary that is working

on this issue for us. “
The minister of finance is

throwing his weight around and is trying to remove construction materials and

equipment from the presidential decree.  When I saw the minister of health

yesterday he was really upset with the minister of finance saying he cannot do

what he is trying to do because the decree has already been approved by the

cabinet.  I asked if I should make a plea to the president to intervene

and he said no because he was taking care of it.  He is talking to the

prime minister and wants this resolved.  It was interesting to me that

both the minister of health and minister Kantchati (I saw him also yesterday)

 were both very adamant that the finance minister needs to sign the paper

and stop messing around!    We are working on the decree.  They

gave me their email addresses so we can stay in touch while we are in the US. 

So we wait some more and trust God.  I do believe though that we are

nearing the end of this process!”  So please keep praying for this. 


WE have had lots of visitors up here this month, many of

them are praying about God’s call to serving here in Mango.  I praise God

that He is moving in hearts to provide the personnel needed for the hospital. 

One of them, Melissa Friesen, is a nurse practice.  Josh and Beth Paullick , he

is a surgical resident and she is a pediatric nurse.  So we are thankful for

how God continues to raise up the team needed for the hospital.  Please

continue to pray that God would raise up more doctors for Mango and HBB in the



Speaking of HBB, Baptist Bible

Hospital in Tsiko is

celebrating their 25th anniversary!!!  We are praising God for the

many people who have heard the good news of Jesus Christ through the ministry

there and the over 40 churches that have been planted in that area.   I will be

driving down south to attend the big celebration.  Pray that the name of Jesus

would be glorified and proclaimed through this event as many government

officials and local dignitaries have been invited. 


We praise God that the Agou church building is progressing,

the roof will soon be up!!!! And can now be seen from the major road that

passes next to it.   Pray that God would provide the necessary funds to finish

the rest of building. 


This past Sunday I attended the Tamberma church.  After

church we walked about 4 kilometers to visit a woman that had come to visit

that morning.  It was a great encouragement to talk to her about the assurance

of salvation that we have in Jesus Christ.  Please pray for Jane that she would

understand the truth of God’s word and would have a desire to come back. 

Pray for me as I start working with some young ladies who want to learn French

and help teach Sunday school.  Pray for Afi and Delphine that they would grow

to understand French and then be able to understand God’s word. 


I am also excited about starting a bible study with some

former students of the Blind school who live in Mango.  It was so fun to see

them here again since it has been at least 7 years since they attended our

school in Kpalime.  Pray for Fati, Lukiya and Kossi who have a desire to study

God’s word. 


I would also ask for prayer for my language studies in

Anufo.  It is coming along, and actually much easier than French.  Pray that I

take the time necessary to study and memorize vocabulary etc.  There always

seems to be something else to do, but even though the studying is not fun it is

necessary.  Pray that I will be disciplined to do it.


I also would ask for prayer for a young lady that I have

discipled for several years, Solim.  She is coming back with me after my trip

to the south and  will live with me for a month or two.   Pray that I can

really encourage her spiritually during her time here in Mango that she will be

strengthened in her faith and her walk with God. 


Your prayers are so appreciated, so thank you taking the

time to read this, for participating in this great work of God in Togo, 

for praying!!! 


May He be lifted up!!



First Baptist Church of Detroit an American Baptist Church