For the last couple of weeks, we have been casting our vision before you with the hopes of helping you understand what we’re doing and why. Our work in Togo will be three-fold:
If you missed a couple posts, click the above links to catch up!
Today we’re going to talk about how those three areas of focus will work together to inform our work in northern Togo.
Upon arrival in Togo, we will dive headfirst into learning Kabiye. And as we learn Kabiye, we will begin traveling to different churches, just to start engaging with them. At each church we visit, we hope to meet the Pastor and his family, other leaders, mamas of young children, and, Lord willing, people who have a heart for adoption.
After establishing a relationship with a church, we hope to start meeting with the Pastor and his wife to help fill any gaps in their Biblical knowledge. Through regular meetings (weekly or bi-weekly, depending on circumstances), Allen will engage the Pastor to encourage him and, if necessary, disciple him. Meanwhile, I will be forming a relationship with his wife to encourage and disciples her as well. These relationships will be mutually beneficial: they will help us learn Kabiye and we will help encourage them and teach them doctrine!
After a time of discipleship, we will encourage the Pastor and his wife to begin to disciple others, if they are not doing so: leaders in their church, their congregations, sister churches in the area. We will provide support, encouragement, and practical tools to them as they begin or continue, but the ultimate goal is for them to be self-sustaining in their discipleship programs.
While providing encouragement and discipleship for the Pastor and others in the church, we will also begin sharing with them the importance of caring for orphans and widows. As they grow to understand this concept more deeply, we hope and pray their hearts (and those of their congregation) will be open to and burdened for providing care to the babies in Isaiah 54 Ministries. As people express interest, we will work with them (and the Togolese government) to place infants in their forever families. We will likely provide some family/parenting skills classes, offer opportunities for parents to engage with other parents, and develop a support group they can turn to as their new children grow.
The Lord has given us a big vision… but we fully trust and lean into Ephesians 3:20 – “God is able to do abundantly more than all we can ask or imagine, according to the power that is at work within us.” Our vision is so so little compared to His, so we wait with eager anticipation to see what He does as we follow Him.
I heard a quote recently that I loved. Lysa TerKeurst said in her book Uninvited, “Our job is to obey God. His job is everything else.” So we are obeying God. And we can’t wait to see how He does everything else!
Any questions about our ministry vision? We’d love to answer them! Pop a comment onto this post and we’ll respond as soon as we can.