We’re still asked pretty regularly, “Is Togo safe?” In order to respond to this common inquiry, we’ve talked about situational awareness in Togo and what kinds of (dangerous) animals live there. Today, we want to tackle a third aspect of safety:
I don’t know what to call this, other than “Health Safety.” We want to talk specifically about the potential challenges to our health. The CDC provides a list of required and recommended vaccinations:
Togo is also a hotspot for the Zika virus, which is spread by mosquitos and can cause severe birth defects if a pregnant woman is infected. I’ll be honest: this is what makes me the most nervous. I’m terrified that, if I’m pregnant while in Togo, something will happen to our little baby. And I know, I would need to trust the Lord with that. And I do. But my mama heart is still fearful of what could happen. Of the unknown. Of something happening to a baby that my body is supposed to protect and guard.
I’m thankful for the two quality hospitals in Togo, the Hopital Baptiste Biblique and the Hospital of Hope (pictured above). The Hospital of Hope is in Mango, about 2 hours north of where we will be, but I know both places will be a huge source of comfort when we need them!
I just want to close this post with these thoughts:
When Allen and I felt called by God to move to Togo, West Africa with our family, we surrendered to that calling knowing that it would mean “giving up” a lot of things: selling our first house and our Jeep, saying “see ya later” to our support network, leaving a rewarding job, and opening ourselves up to terrible diseases. But the more we’ve thought and prayed about it, the more we feel convicted that serving God is not a sacrifice.
Serving God is not a sacrifice.
We aren’t truly giving anything up to serve God. We know He has a better home for us for eternity in heaven. We know He has a team waiting for us in Togo and that our support network here will be praying for us. We know the work He has for us is far more rewarding than anything. We know that He heals all diseases and broken hearts.
Serving the Lord is not a sacrifice. It is an honor and a privilege. He is worthy of all.