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Less is more!

January 26, 2010

While in Togo, I drove the roads; dirt, paved, and gravel that I traveled daily for almost twelve years.  Daily I would pass by hundreds of idols many with fresh sacrifices on them, all of them hideous displays promoting fear and representing enslavement.  Banners with voodoo colors and wrapped with cloth containing sacrificial offerings greeted you as archways into almost every village.  So, from the beginning of our lives in Togo I began praying for the ground to swallow them up, for the earth to shake and level them, or for floods to wash them away.  They didn’t seem to go away.  Even after my teammate Frank Bunner accidentally crushed one with his truck it was replaced with a cement version.  This discouraged me.  My initial ride from Lome, the capital, to Vogan seemed lighter than I expected, not oppressive as it had been in the past.  As I passed along the way, I began to notice the villages one after another no longer with idols and voodoo ridden archways to welcome you but instead many had been replaced with churches.  Even the next day as I passed from Vogan to Atitogon I stopped to take notice and later a picture of one idol in particular that I had prayed for the destruction in years past.  It’s head was gone, having caved in and it was near complete destruction due to negligence.  I entered Adankonou Kope and instead of the 34 idols that used to great me there, there was only one and a half.  I cried with delight in my heart for God.  This verse came to mind:

Mark 4:26,27  He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like.  A man scatters seed on the ground.  Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how…”

headless idol

God’s kingdom has come to Togo and is growing in Togo, despite our weak offerings of labor from the past it continues to bear fruit to this day and will continue on until Jesus’ return.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Savannah Hubbard permalink
    January 29, 2010 7:25 pm

    Hallelujah! Visible evidence of God’s power! How happy this must make you.

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