We are home; life goes on. Our prayer is that we do not bury what we have learned, but allow God to use it here in the States; that amidst the hustle and bustle, we are able to hear what He wants us to hear/learn. We pray we don't forget the people and missionaries of Togo. They have become an integral part of who we are and we pray that we don't lose that!
To leave off where my last blog ended, we got home safely from Mango, Togo. While in Mango, we were blessed to meet the ABWE (Association of Baptist Evangelism) team there. All I can say is WOW! what a committed, amazing group of people, on fire to reach the Muslim people of this area. This is where the DeKryger family (see picture near bottom of this blog) will be moving at the end of this year. Their prayer is that the Hospital will be up and running in 2013, please pray for this. Also, pray that they will strike water on the site there!!!
We taught 2 youth groups the mime. They were incredibly speedy learners, we had a day blocked out, and it only took until 1pm that day (and that included lunch-sauce and rice). They are going to take it and put it on at a National Youth Conference.
What was learned in Togo:
Grace- We don't need all our "stuff"
Luke-We are blessed with so much, and we take it for granted.
Isaac-That God works in mysterious ways.
Gabrielle-If you rely on God He will come through for you!
Lydia-I've learned the true definition of the word "need" and the distinction between "necessity" and "commodity" as I so often used to use them interchangeably without being fully aware of what I was doing. We are so blessed with excess in this country and don't even know that's what it is. excess.
Below is a smattering of pictures from our trip. It was a life-changing time! Words cannot express enough, the gratitude we have to all of you who supported us with your prayers, your words, your finances, your donations! I pray, that what we cannot say with words, might be said, a bit, with pictures. Know, that the gospel was spoken (often multiple times) at each of the places you see here and we saw people come to Christ. We know that God's Word is alive and we saw Him work and change lives. We were/are humbled to be a part of this. Thank you for being a part of it!
|Adam was kept busy in the OR! Here, Todd Dekryger assists him as he removes a 15# fibroid!|
|1 of our first pictures. A young girl selling water (in bags) at our van window|
|A C-section of twins that the girls and I were blessed to witness Adam do!|
|I was introducing our Grace to a Gracee that I had met in a village.|
|Grace and Luke teaching the Hokey Pokey!|
|One of my FAVORITE pictures. Pure JOY! Grace was so wonderful about interacting with the children. She learned early on that not knowing the language did not stop her from communicating with kids. She just had to be a bit more creative!|
|A common sight, on roads that we would call impassable, with 10 (and that was a comfortable number) people crammed inside. This was picture was taken at the Ghana border as we were heading to the airport to leave.|
|The water Hydraid filters finally complete after a full day of learning how to clean, put together and fill them. Josephus Haille from GhanaSafeWater came over to instruct the Community Health Evangelism team how to do all this and we just got to tag along. If you want to hear the entire God story behind these, call me.|
|Christmas Eve. In the L'Eglise de Baptiste Biblique in Tsiko (where we were). We got there at about 8:15 and left at 10:30. It went another 3 hours! We could probably learn a thing or two about what praising our Lord really looks like! Notice the winter hats on these babies? It was about 80 degrees in that church, although there was a bit of a breeze blowing through!|