On Saturday we went to a funeral. It was a mother of a woman in the church who passed away. We traveled to a village and sat down together for the service. As it started pastor Hammer explained that it was not a Christian funeral but that the woman who passed away was enslaved to voodoo/Satan. So we watched and prayed while the people danced and did their rituals. But we did not participate.
After the ceremony the 40 or so people from the Togo Christian Mission church that attended sat in a circle, played drums, and danced the Abaja. The words that were being sung were a gospel presentation, giving glory to the one true God. The dances were a witness and a testimony to the people there. It was amazing that this was allowed to take place in the middle of the voodoo village. We pray the words that were sung do not fall on deaf ears but that they impact the people to become curious about Jesus.
I also joined in the dancing and I had a lot of fun embracing the people in their culture. The type of dance is the same as those who worship the devil. But it is redeemed when the people dance it to glorify and worship Jesus.
Later Pastor Hammer said that I made so many people happy, especially those in the village who don’t know Christ. They couldn’t believe that I had the African rhythm and ability. “You give them joy and wipe away tears”, he said. “When you dance with them for God the people see that and start to think about their lives and why they are sad in the village without him.” His words, not mine. // God is so good. Simple things like dance and faithfulness can make such a difference in His Kingdom. I just wanted to share this with you all so that you can get a glimpse of some of the stories and experiences here. Thank you for your love and support. Mawu nye eyro/God bless you.
This reunion was something special. We haven’t seen each other in two years. I wasn’t expecting much but she remembered me and welcomed me with laughter and a sweet embrace. By God’s grace I have a mother-like love for Rutha. She is the most beautiful, energetic, joyful, full-of-life-girl I’ve ever known. Her spirit blesses me. Our hearts are connected somehow and I pray that we can be in each other’s lives for as long as God allows.
You know that saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder? Well I didn’t realize that was true for me until today. I wasn’t ready for the joy to overwhelm my heart when I got to embrace the Togolese people again. I felt the love of Jesus so present. It sincerely surprised me how excited they were to see me again. And I them. I honestly didn’t know what to expect after 2 years. I am so blessed to be welcomed back so graciously and with complete joy. The people here sure know how to live out Christ’s hospitality and love like you wouldn’t believe. #togochristianmission
Currently I am sitting at an airport, en route to Togo, West Africa. The day to return is finally here. I’m so beyond grateful that God would orchestrate and provide a way for me to go back.
Two years ago I taught ESL for 3 months at a Christian School there. And this time I am going back to be an Ambassador for their student sponsorship program. I’ll be taking video footage and photographing over 260 students + teachers. This will help in promoting the financial need for each individual student and general school fund. I’ll also be collecting stories, organizing the program, + sharing the gospel.
A vision has been casted to make this school grow and change the lives of students. The school is a place where students can go to be safe, learn about the gospel, and find joy in just being a child. Without the school there isn’t much hope for the students’ futures. Without the school the students might otherwise be lost to the ways of evil around them.
So follow along with me over the next month (esp in my IG stories) and see what God is up to on the other side of the ocean. #TogoChristianMission#VoganTogo
why do we love autumn so much?
1. I think it reminds us of a chance to change. it's refreshing to start anew knowing grace covers it all.
2. It reminds us of God's presence. He is in the beautiful colors, cool breezes, and tastes of the season...