By now, a lot of our friends and family know that we are actively engaged in preparing to move to Kara, Togo, West Africa long-term. But some people may not be aware of our vision, or what we want to do when we get there. So for the next few weeks, I want to cast 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:
Happy Tuesday, friends! We had our first two formal presentations this last weekend and – praise God – they both went well! Thank you so much to those who prayed specifically for the WOM Celebration on Friday and the Church Council meeting on Sunday. We are so thankful for the partners the Lord has given us already. I have a brief story from Friday and some updated praises and prayer requests at the end of this post, so read on!
God doesn’t always do things in what we think should be the correct order.
Take, for example, when God led the people into the Promised Land: They crossed the Jordan miraculously, set up camp, and then God ordered the men to be circumcised.
The Israelites are in the Promised Land, in the company of people who do not want them there, who are afraid of what these Holy People have up their sleeves. And God, in essence, warrants them incapable of defending themselves. What would have happened if the people in Jericho decided to attack while Israel was healing? What if the people of Jericho had decided to ransack the Israelite campground, taking their women and children captive?
In last week’s Friday Favorites, I briefly mentioned our story about border crossing, so I thought today would be a good time to tell it!
Crossing the border from Ghana into Togo is like a step back in time. You pull up to the border station: it’s an old building with a covered porch, two windows through which you work with a crossing agent, a large front room, and a curtain blocking the back room’s doorway. You pull out Passports and get copies of paperwork to fill out. After the paperwork is complete, you hand it over to the crossing agent. Read More
At yesterday’s Kingdom Come Training, Allen shared a story about teaching AWANAs one night. Years ago, he had a night where everything went wrong: a fight broke out during game time between four boys, he couldn’t get through the lesson, no one was listening… it was awful. He went home, wondering if he should even keep going, if it was even worth it. After some encouragement and wise counsel, he returned to AWANAs the following week… and three of the four boys surrendered their lives to Christ.
Sometimes, after really hard days, really good days come.
It’s Tuesday! Here are some updated praises and prayer requests:
Hey, hey, Friday! We want to share some highlights from our week… some are big, some are not-so-big… but they are all our favorites!
We have started handing out prayer cards and they have opened the door for some great conversations. We ordered 1,000 cards, so if anyone wants more, let us know! Read More