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Dogbati wants to do what?

January 26, 2010

Dogbati, was the very first area for our team to plant a church in.  Over the years we found that the oldest churches seemed to consume us for resources, for teachings, for emotional support, and anything else they could squeeze out of us.  As well, the older works tended to be the least fruitful and the least mature.  I got to the point of writing off the old churches as experiences and lessons learned in the School of World Missions – Togo branch.  I had always hoped for more and prayed for wake up calls and events that would shake them lose from their dependence on man to a dependence on God.  Rarely in our years in Togo did churches like this ask me for spiritual growth advice.  Rarely did they desire to know how to improve, so it seemed to me anyway.  So, having scheduled to meet with the elders from the area of Dogbati, I rode in with more dread than the anticipation of seeing old friends.  They were all assembled when I rumbled up under a cluster of palms, with me being the “late” arrival.  That should have told me something.  They seemed to be anticipating something.  We greeted and I asked them to fill me in on how they had been, expecting complaints and accusation against others, and instead began hearing testimonies of God’s faithfulness and their words seemed shockingly hopeful.  After they had finished, they then asked me, “Will you teach us a better way to share the gospel with others?”  You could have knocked me over with one of the many palm nuts lying on the ground.  I said, of course, and with great joy began explaining how to more effectively make disciples of Jesus.  After a few hours of discussion and encouragement we shared a meal, snapped some photos, and I got on my moto and rode away, deeply encouraged and full of joy.  Dogbati wants to evangelize.  What a wonderful surprise and a delightful afternoon. I am so thankful that they, now on their own, are ready to do what they have been prepared for.

Leaders from Dogbati

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sandi permalink
    February 8, 2010 7:51 pm

    Marty, this was so encouraging to hear. It warms my heart to hear of these Christians’ desire to continue growing and sharing.

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