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To Togo and Back

August 21, 2011

After almost three years of being away, our family got to make a return trip of twelve days back to Togo to visit our Watchi family.  We left Rwanda with lots of excitement as we anticipated our reunion with friends as well as the revisiting of our lives and the eleven years of memories.

We were met with the surprise of cool weather and were blessed with a few days in Lome at a hotel on the coast before visiting with our church families.  It was so nice as many of our memories were of our visits to Lome, the capital, for rest breaks from Tabligbo, as well as buying supplies for each month.We were able to eat in some of our favorite restaurants as well as get in a few holes of golf at the club.

There they even called our old caddies and friends who accompanied us for the five holes and made over the boys and how they had grown up.  Our time in Lome surprised us with many sweet reunions with waiters and store clerks that we had fostered relationships with over the course of our lives there.

We had a great Sunday celebration at Adankonou Kope, which felt as though we had never left even with all the new faces that have come to Christ in the last couple of years.  Of course we had to visit our family in Vogan, Hammer and Dela’s household, and those of you who know Hammer know also that he didn’t let me sit for five minute before pummeling me with questions about ministry and church leadership.  As well Dela sat us down for a tremendous feast of Togo fare.

Then the highlight came with our return to Tabligbo for four days in conjunction with the All Church Conference.  Marty spent time with the leading men on the first two days encouraging them and remembering victories of the past.  Then as the rest of the church families arrived it was wonderful to reunite with so many that God had allowed us to grow close to during our time there.  We left Togo encouraged with the truth that God is continuing that work on towards its completion and thankful that He continues to allow us to take part in it from afar.  Pray for Togo and the Watchi as we were also overwhelmed by the difficulties they face there both in their lives and ministry.

Lastly, we want to thank our family in Bentonville that made this trip possible especially for what it meant to the boys to get to return home.  Marty will continue to visit annually, but realistically this was probably the last time that Louise and the boys will venture there.  We left though with confidence, though, that they are in the good hands of the shepherd.

John 10:28-30  “I give them eternal life and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.  My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.  I and the Father are one.”

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Emily Dunnagan permalink
    August 22, 2011 1:24 am

    It looks like an amazing trip! I am so glad you had the chance to visit as a family!!

  2. katey permalink
    August 22, 2011 1:31 pm

    Its hard to believe you guys have been gone from Togo for 3 years. Very neat that you were able to go back and visit. Thanks for sharing it.

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