We had intended to start sharing the details of our site visit today, but our struggle with jet lag is real. Throw in me working, Allen’s finals, and three young kids, and we are a wreck. But wait! We want to share a brief story with you.
Our first Saturday evening in Togo, Allen and I spent some time together praying about God’s plan for our future. We felt a little unsure about what specifically He wanted us to do in Kara and were really seeking clarity. We prayed that He would speak to us in church the next day, even though the sermons would be in a different language.
The next morning, we visited two churches – one in a village and one in town. Both were encouraging, worship-filled, Bible teaching churches.
We had to leave the first service a little early, but at the second, Pastor Martouka preached from Hebrews 11:7, about Noah’s faith.
As Jane whispered a French-to-English translation to Allen and I pieced the French phrases I knew together, God did, in fact, speak to us.
He reminded us that this journey isn’t about what we see or don’t see. It’s about having faith.
We do not see how all the pieces of us moving to and serving in Togo will fit together. But we don’t have to see things in order to obey by faith.
Faith is marked by obedience. It is when we can’t see things (but obey anyway) that our faith is most evident to others.
Noah didn’t understand everything: God told him to build a boat (a what?) in the desert because rain (what’s that?) was coming. Noah didn’t even know if the boat would float.
But he built it anyway.
The ministry plans we had for Togo have changed. Not drastically, but enough that it’s a little unnerving. Enough that it caused us to pause and say, “Wait, what?!” And that’s why we had prayed for clarity that Saturday night.
And that Sunday, God didn’t give us clarity, per say. But He did give us the reminder from His Word that we walk by faith, not by sight. Faith is doing something that has never been seen before. It is believing that what God says will happen, will. It is taking God’s promises as reality.
So that’s what we’re doing. We are walking by faith.
We’ll share more details about our ministry changes in the coming weeks (they are good and exciting!).
In the meantime, here are a few more pictures from our church visits:
With Pastor Martouka