In traditional African thought, the worst thing that can happen to you is to die without a child. Nagbandjo and Claire went through 9 years of childless marriage before their miracle baby, Denise.
Dinner on the roof of the Lome Student Center with Scott and Becky Johnson. Scott has visited us almost every year since 1995. This was Becky's third visit. The students shared the extreme shame of going back to your village if you don't have a job.
One of the highlights of our year in Kara was working with Nagbandjoa and Claire to teach the married couples in the church.
Jacques, who leads a Bible study on his campus, sought out one-on-one studies early in the morning, before he left for school.
Pierre Larda was one of our earliest university graduates. Several years ago he was accepted into a program to be a police commissioner. Right at graduation time he tragically died of hepatitis. Ministry and life in Togo is often full of times of deep sadness.
Scott Johnson has been coming and teaching since 1995. The Togolese love him and his teaching gift. Augustin, finished the university in Kara while living in our student center. He is now getting his masters in English/French translation in Burkina Faso.
One our our seminars at the Lome church. We have seminars each month in Kara but are only able to get to Lome about twice a year.
Albert led cell groups and the worship ministry while developing into a solid leader durning his years at the university in Kara. Now, married to Claire, he is a member of the police force.
Jeremie B and his wife, Tani both attended the university in Lome. They have been chosen to lead our new training farm to train village pastors.
Teaching a seminar in Lome. Illustrations and demonstrations are a very important part of teaching in our context.
After 45 years of working with junior high aged kids, Gregg is still training youth leaders by climbing mountains together.
Just before our return to the US for the summer, Gregg joined Jeremie Y and taught a 2 day seminar to the village church leaders.