Beside the Well, Part 2

Beside the Well, Part 2

A modern-day story of the man at the well!

According to the World Health Organization, two billion people around the globe use drinking water contaminated with fecal material—water that can transmit diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Two years ago, we began drilling wells to provide safe, clean drinking water for the people in Togo, West Africa, and right now the drilling of our third well is underway. The wells have been a major blessing to the people who live within walking distance. They can now continue growing fruits and vegetables through the dry spells without fear of the irrigation water polluting their produce with harmful bacteria. They no longer use disease-infested water to bathe, cook and clean.

In addition to providing safe water, the wells have been a spiritual blessing to the people. Because the wells are located next to churches, the leadership in Togo decided to close the wells on Sabbath as a witness to the community. The people who come for water on Friday are told the story of the Israelites gathering twice as much manna on the preparation day. They have learned to get enough water on Friday so that they can have water on Sabbath!

The story in John 4 of the woman at the well has been our model in winning souls to Jesus. All day, a Bible worker ministers to the crowd bustling around the well—usually 20 or more people. As they wait to fill their jugs, they receive literature and hear a Bible study. Some listen attentively while others hurry off, but the worker faithfully sows the seed, looking for seeking souls.

Koumeabalo had been a taxi driver for 14 years. He started work before sunrise and continued long after sunset; yet even with his 16-hour workday, his income could not support his family. In discouragement, he told his wife one evening that he needed to change jobs if they were to survive. The trouble was that jobs in their area were extremely rare. 

The next day Koumeabalo went looking for work. Providentially, he came to the well and heard the Bible worker speaking. Hope began to swell in his heart that the Bible was the answer to his difficulties. As he sat and listened to the Bible worker talk about God and His love in sending Jesus to die for our sins, the Holy Spirit began to touch Koumeabalo’s heart. Conviction of his past sins came vividly to his mind, and he knew he must confess and forsake his wrongdoing. Finding a quiet spot, he unburdened his soul to the Lord. Then he came back to the Bible worker and asked him to tell him more about his newfound Savior and the Three Angels’ Messages. The Bible worker agreed to study personally with Koumeabalo’s family, and after many Bible studies, they all decided to follow the Bible’s teachings. 

Feeling that God was impressing him to be a farmer, Koumeabalo quit his job as a taxi driver and began cultivating the land near the well, where he would have plenty of water to irrigate his plants. He grew carrots, onions, lettuce and tomatoes—and the sales brought in enough income to take care of his family. Koumeabalo thanks God for the well!

Many are coming to a knowledge of the truth because of the wells drilled in Togo. The wells continually remind the people that God is the source of all life, just like the water they receive day by day. “Let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” Revelation 22:17, NKJV.


Location
Togo

Author
Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help
Pray. Pray for funds to drill more wells in Togo. Above all, pray for the people visiting the wells to find the living water!

Give. Each well costs about $8,000 to drill. You can help drill wells in Togo, support the workers or provide them with literature by sending your donations marked “Togo,” “Togo workers,” “Togo literature,” or “Togo wells” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit: 
missionspro.org/donate


Beside the Well, Part 1

Beside the Well, Part 1

A well in Togo provides more than clean drinking water.

Can you imagine life without clean water? In the United States, one person uses an average of 80–100 gallons per day. We use it for bathing, laundry, cooking, cleaning, watering our gardens and most importantly, drinking. God is so good to have created one of Earth’s most remarkable resources—one of the most precious assets we have. Without water, life could not exist. Perhaps that is why God created water before He made plants, animals and humanity!

When I visited Togo, West Africa, some time back, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for the people in Lassa, a village in the northern part of this small country. The women had to haul water for their families more than a half a mile, and sometimes even further when the hand dug well in the village went dry. This well was very dirty, and from the odors ascending from its mouth, you could tell it had bacteria growing in it. Wells in Togo tend to be shallow, dug at the same depth as the latrines. Many people become sick from cross contamination and some even die from the water that is supposed to keep them alive.

Jesus likened the work of the Holy Spirit to a fountain of water within us. “He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive.” John 7:38, 39. The soul’s longing after God is likened to thirst: “My soul thirsteth for Thee, . . in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” Psalm 63:1. And of course, it was next to a well that Jesus offered the Samaritan woman “living water.” John 4:6–14. Clean water is such a blessing and necessity that it is a fitting reminder of these gospel truths!

Today, the gospel is being preached beside a well in Lassa, Togo, thanks to a church in Sandy, Oregon, that donated the money to drill it. The women of this village can now bring home clean drinking water that has been government tested to be free from contaminates. However, providing clean, safe drinking water wasn’t the only objective we had in drilling this well; we also wanted to bring souls to the Lord by giving local workers the opportunity to share the “water of life” with them. Physical thirst can be quenched at the well, but the thirsty also receive an invitation to drink at the well that will never run dry. How? We purposely drilled next to a small Seventh-day Adventist church so that people coming for water would meet church members and become familiar with the Seventh-day Adventist message.

As soon as the well in Lassa was completed, girls, boys and mothers with babies strapped to their backs lined up to fill their containers. People came from far and near to share in the blessing. That’s when the church’s work at the well began! While the villagers wait to fill to their containers, the pastor or a Bible worker preaches to the people. When they have filled their water jugs, they are provided with literature to take home and learn about God’s last warning message to Earth. Because of the well, spiritually thirsty souls are hearing the words of life! Already, we are seeing God bringing souls to the truth through the preaching beside the well. In fact, the project has been such a success that, as funds become available, we are continuing to drill more wells!

Beside the Well, Part 2” will tell more about this exciting project!


Location
Togo

Author
Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help

Pray. Pray for the well in Lassa and the others that have since been drilled in Togo. Ask God to bring souls to the truth through the preaching beside the well.

Give. Wells in Togo cost about $8,000 to drill. You can help drill more wells, support the workers or provide them with literature by sending your donations marked “Togo,” “Togo workers,” “Togo literature,” or “Togo wells” to:

Mission Projects International
PO Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For online options, visit: 
missionspro.org/donate

Thank You. Thank you again to the dedicated donors in Sandy, Oregon, and Akron, Ohio, for donating money to drills wells in Togo. Thank you also to each of you who have supported the work in Togo over the years! God bless you.

 


Honore Receives the Word

 

Honore Receives the Word

A young man finds health and blessings on the path to life.

My mother died when I was a baby, so I was raised by my village community in North Togo, West Africa. I attended a Sunday church for many years, and learned many untruths there. I was told that all things God created are good for us to eat, and that prayer before meals blesses unhealthful food. These were bad teachings, and I lived in poor health because I practiced them.

My life was changed when I met an evangelist named Paca. He answered my questions from God’s Word. As we went through the Scriptures together, I learned about the Sabbath, baptism, health and the Three Angels’ Messages in Revelation chapter 14.

“Are these teachings the truth?” I questioned. As Paca repeatedly turned my attention to the Word, my eyes were opened. I knew that the Lord had directed me to His message, and that I must leave the lies I had once believed.

From that day forward, I felt a strong conviction that Saturday was the day chosen by God Himself for our rest, and that Sunday had been chosen by man. I immediately decided to begin attending the Adventist church on Sabbath for worship.

With resolve in my heart, I went to the home of my boss to ask him for permission to have Saturdays off. I worried that he would be unhappy with me for my new decision. “Please touch his heart when I speak with him,” I prayed. “And thank you for hearing and blessing my request.”

Surprisingly, my boss was the first among my friends and acquaintances to encourage me on my new path. “Go and worship God on Saturday,” he said. I heartily thanked God for blessing my prayer!

I decided to be baptized. It was clear to me through my study that Jesus Himself was baptized, giving us an example. He was immersed in water, and I chose to be baptized in the same way.

It has been ten years since I was baptized into the Seventh-day Adventist church, and God has poured out His blessings. My health is improved by following the principles in His Word. I learned from Leviticus chapter 11 and Deuteronomy chapter 14 that God’s people are to avoid unclean meat. As far as my health is concerned, I endlessly thank God.

While my friends and relatives were initially upset with my decision to become an Adventist, they are happy for me now. They can recognize the new life Jesus gives me through the Holy Spirit.

I thank God for showing me the way of happiness through the Bible studies Paca gave me. I feel that the Lord is calling me to evangelize others also, and have accepted the commission to preach the gospel to those around me. Just as He touched the heart of my boss through my Sabbath conviction, I pray that He will continue to speak to others through my testimony.


Location
Togo

Author
Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help
Pray for the work Pastor Agamah and his team of Bible workers are doing throughout the country of Togo. Pray for Honore, and all those studying the Bible with the workers.

Donate. Funds are needed for evangelism and to buy Bibles and Spirit of Prophecy books for new converts. If you are impressed to help spread the gospel in Togo, mark your donation “Togo Workers/Evangelism” and send it to:

Mission Projects International
P.O. Box 151
Inchelium, WA 99138

For electronic options visit: www.missionspro.org/donate


Letter from Mike: Togo – January 2019

The last words spoken in the hearing of the disciples are as full of meaning to us as they were to them. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19, 20, NKJV. “The gospel commission is the great missionary charter of Christ’s kingdom. The disciples were to work earnestly for souls, giving to all the invitation of mercy. They were not to wait for the people to come to them; they were to go to the people with their message.

“The disciples were to carry their work forward in Christ’s name. Their every word and act was to fasten attention on His name, as possessing that vital power by which sinners may be saved. Their faith was to center in Him who is the source of mercy and power. In His name they were to present their petitions to the Father, and they would receive answer. They were to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christ’s name was to be their watchword, their badge of distinction, their bond of union, the authority for their course of action, and the source of their success. Nothing was to be recognized in His kingdom that did not bear His name and superscription.” Acts of the Apostles, 28.

Jesus said to “go” and make disciples. In some cases, Christ has already made disciples of those seeking the truth, and we simply need to seek them out and encourage them into a deep relationship with the Lord. Recently, Pastor Agamah started visiting seven groups that have formed in the country of Togo, West Africa. These new groups have sprung up because seekers of truth have personally studied the Bible and been convicted on the Biblical teaching of the Sabbath. Without even realizing that there is a worldwide church composed of Sabbath keepers, these believers have been gathering in small shelters on the seventh day to worship God and study the Bible, hoping to find additional light. Many of their doctrines are in line with what we hold as Seventh-day Adventists, and Pastor Agamah has been teaching them about those doctrines which have been obscure and difficult for them to understand. Now that he has spent time reviewing the Three Angels’ Messages with them, a number of individuals among these groups are ready for baptism. It is amazing how God raises up believers where we least expect them!

God is truly working in a marvelous way in Togo. Pastor Agamah is planning to help relocate a trained Bible worker to continue visiting and studying the Bible with these new groups. In addition, Pastor Agamah would like to help them build simple church structures to worship in on God’s holy Sabbath. Please pray for these new groups of believers as they continue to study God’s Word.

May God help us to seek those who are searching!

 


Togo: Pastor Agamah – June 2018

Sister Justine and her baby with Pastor Joel at Sanda District, North Togo

This quarter, we have put an emphasis on the distribution of pamphlets. As a result, many have begun studying the Bible. Among these, seven of the students regularly visit us. Sister Justine Pitho is one of these Bible students.

 Sister Justine was five months pregnant when she received our message through the pamphlets. One day a few months later, a nurse called me asking me to come to the hospital to help Sister Justine. 

When my wife and I arrived, we discovered that Sister Justine was in labor, but that she had become very tired and was having difficulty delivering the baby. The nurse asked us to take Sister Justine to the city of Kara, 40 kilometers away, where she could go to a big hospital and have a cesarean section. Before leaving, we prayed with Sister Justine. When we finished, Justine asked for a drink of hot water. Then we loaded her into the car.

As soon as we arrived in Kara, just outside the door of the hospital, Sister Justine gave birth without undergoing an operation! Now Sister Justine is preparing for baptism.

God works through His workers. Pray of our workers in the field. Thanks for supporting the workers in Africa!


04/07/2018: From Witchdoctor to Friendship Evangelist

From Witchdoctor to Friendship Evangelist

A former witchdoctor reaches people for Christ.

When I first met Paca at an evangelistic meeting in Togo, West Africa, he was training to be a “powerful witchdoctor” in his local village. Since that day in 2009, he has made an incredible transformation. He now works with Pastor Agamah as a Bible Worker, using the power of the gospel and friendship evangelism to win people to the truth.

One day, as these eager soul-winners distributed literature in their village, they met a man from one of the largest Baptist churches in the area, Pastor Simliwa. He had a keen interest in Bible prophecy, and they began visiting his home, leaving truth-filled material behind. As they got to know him and his family, they soon found themselves fast friends. Not long after, Pastor Simliwa confessed that he had accepted the truth. They were filled with elation, and then deep surprise as he revealed that he was the Senior Pastor, overseeing all the Baptist churches in the northern part of Togo.

Pastor Simliwa carefully weighed his position. He knew if he joined the Seventh-day Adventist church he would lose his handsome salary, his influence, and many friendships. But after much prayer and study, he took his stand for the truth.

When the Baptist church administration realized he would not yield, they knew they faced losing many of their key members. They immediately stripped him of his position and salary, hoping these stern measures would deter others from following his example. But many of Pastor Simliwa’s former church members had noticed the new joy that filled his heart. They began to visit him, asking about his new beliefs, and why he had been cut off from his church. He would then share the material he had studied, and challenge them to search the Bible with him. Soon many of his friends were convinced that he was on the right path.

Do you desire to be a better soul winner? Proverbs gives us specific instruction. “A man who has friends must himself be friendly…” Proverbs 18:24. Every one of us can make friends. Even Jesus made connecting with others a priority so that He could share His message of hope. He accepted invitations to dine with the noble and learned, the poor and afflicted. “He was social in His nature.” Desire of Ages, 150. If we follow His example, we will reap the same results — a vibrant church, and new souls who are much more likely to stay in the church and stay closely connected to the Lord!

“It should ever be manifest that we are reformers, but not bigots. When our laborers enter a new field, they should seek to become acquainted with the pastors of the several churches in the place. Much has been lost by neglecting to do this. If our ministers show themselves friendly and sociable and do not act as if they were ashamed of the message they bear, it will have an excellent effect and may give these pastors and their congregations favorable impressions of the truth. At any rate, it is right to give them a chance to be kind and favorable if they will.” Evangelism, 143

Please pray for Pastor Simliwa, Pastor Amagah, Paca, and others as they minister to remote villages, where the gospel has never been heard.

“In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand; For you do not know which will prosper, Either this or that, Or whether both alike will be good.” Ecclesiastes, 11:6.

Author:
Mike Bauler
Mike is the director of Mission Projects International.

How You Can Help:
Pray for the Pastors and Bible workers in the small African country of Togo.

Donate:
Funds are needed to help support the Bible Workers who are faithfully sharing the gospel message. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause mark your donations “Togo Workers.”


12/09/2017: Beside the Well

Beside the Well

A well in Togo supplies physical and spiritual blessings.

Can you imagine life without clean water? In the United States, one person uses an average of 80–100 gallons per day. We use it for bathing, laundry, cooking, cleaning, watering our gardens and most importantly, drinking. God is so good to have created one of Earth’s most remarkable resources—one of the most precious assets we have. Without water, life could not exist. Perhaps that is why God created water before He made plants, animals and humanity!

When I visited Togo, West Africa some time back, I couldn’t help but feel sympathy for the people in Lassa, a village in the northern part of this small country. The women had to haul water for their families more than a half a mile, and sometimes even further when the hand dug well in the village went dry. This well was very dirty, and from the odors ascending from its mouth, you could tell it had bacteria growing in it. Wells in Togo tend to be shallow, dug at the same depth as the latrines. Many people become sick from cross contamination and some even die from the water that is supposed to keep them alive.

Jesus likened the work of the Holy Spirit to a fountain of water within us. “He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive.” John 7:38, 39. The soul’s longing after God is likened to thirst: “My soul thirsteth for Thee, . . . in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is.” Psalm 63:1. And of course, it was next to a well that Jesus offered the Samaritan woman “living water.” John 4:6–14.

Today, the gospel is being preached beside a brand new well in Lassa, Togo. A church in Sandy, Oregon donated the money to help drill a well in some desolate village, and thanks to my time in Togo, I knew just the place where a well could be a blessing.

The new well in Lassa, Togo.

The poor of this village now have access to clean drinking water that has been government tested to be free from contaminates. However, providing clean, safe drinking water wasn’t the only objective of the well-drilling project; we also wanted to bring souls to the Lord by sharing the “water of life” with them. Physical thirst could be quenched at the well, but the thirsty would also be given an invitation to drink at the well that will never run dry. The well was purposely drilled next to a small Seventh-day Adventist church so that people would become familiar with who Seventh-day Adventists are and come in contact with church members!   

As soon as the well in Lassa was completed, girls, boys and mothers with babies strapped to their backs lined up to fill their containers. People came from far and near to share in the blessing. That’s when the local pastor’s work at the well began! While the villagers wait to fill to their containers, the pastor will be preaching to the people. When they have completed their task, they will be provided literature to take home and learn about God’s last warning message to Earth. These dear, spiritually thirsty souls will hear the words of life! We can hardly wait to see how God will bring souls to the truth through the preaching beside the well.

AUTHOR

Mike Bauler

Mike Bauler is the director of Mission Projects International. mbauler@missionspro.org

 

 

 

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Pray for this new project! Ask God to bring souls to the truth through the preaching beside the well.

Donate. You can support the work in Togo by sending your donation to Mission Projects International marked “Togo,” “Togo workers,” “Togo literature,” or “Togo churches.”

THANK YOU!

A big thank you to the church in Sandy, Oregon for donating the money to drill the well for this new project. Thank you also to each of you who have supported the work in Togo over the years! God bless you.


Togo: Pastor Joel – April 2017

Justine Bozo with her child

In November 2016, we held an evangelistic crusade and afterwards a baptism. The new members who got baptized at that time have experienced great changes in their homes since accepting Christ Jesus.

Sister Justine Bozo’s only child suffered from epilepsy, but has been healed since they started coming to church. She herself could not even sleep at night because of nightmares, but she has been sleeping peacefully since the day she got baptized.

Sister Marguerite Kpakpao, who was trained as a seamstress, had difficulties finding clientele. But today, she has been having many clients.

Brother Joel with Justine

Sister Mary Tchamdja Kokou has been freed from all her family problems since the day she got baptized; she and her husband have succeeded in solving them. Their children have been perfectly healed from their illnesses.

Today, we have 46 Bible students studying with us! Five among them want to get baptized.

God bless.

Brother Joel


Letter from Cody: Year in Review – Nov. 2014

Right around this time of year, or a little before, the Jews had a national time of rejoicing and giving thanks to God. This was the final festival in the Jewish calendar, the Feast of Tabernacles. Of this time we are told, “now the people came with their tributes of thanksgiving to God, who had thus richly blessed them.” Patriarchs & Prophets, 540. At the end of the harvest season, the people gathered together to remember what God had done for them anciently and to praise Him for His blessing to them through that year. As we approach the Thanksgiving season in our national calendar, how beneficial it would be for us to do the same.

Bro. Kasongo preaching in a new church

“Our voices should be oftener heard in praise and thanksgiving to God. His praise should continually be in our hearts and upon our lips.” Voice in Speech and Song, 148. The lesson of praise and thanksgiving to our God, is a practice we need to develop more. “We do not pray any too much, but we are too sparing of giving thanks. If the loving-kindness of God called forth more thanksgiving and praise, we would have far more power in prayer. We would abound more and more in the love of God and have more bestowed to praise Him for. You who complain that God does not hear your prayers, change your present order and mingle praise with your petitions.” Testimonies, vol. 5, 317. God longs for our praise so that our praise to Him will change our hearts! This is a song that we must learn to sing. “Those who in heaven join with the angelic choir in their anthem of praise must learn on earth the song of heaven, the keynote of which is thanksgiving.” Testimonies, vol. 7, 244. May the keynote of heaven’s song be heard more on our lips today that we may be prepared to join in the anthems of heaven very soon!

This month, I want to thank God for what He is doing around the world through your prayers and support! We thank the Lord for the radio ministries broadcasting to thousands in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and throughout Honduras through Redemption Radio. We praise the Lord for the lives being touched through welfare ministry leading hungry souls to the Savior. In Dominican Republic, there is a bakery that helps to teach regarding healthful living and provides funds to help needy families. In addition to this, some of the workers there have started a branch Sabbath school reaching out to the poor Haitian immigrants there. In Panama, the Acosta family is serving the indigenous people through health, agriculture and many other ways. In the rainforests of northern Brazil, the Lord is sustaining the De Senna family to educate the children of the town not just for usefulness in this life, but for eternity! In Congo, the believers are operating dozens of schools in remote villages, giving the children of these isolated villages an opportunity for a better life here and when Jesus comes. The Bible workers are continuing to share the message of the three angels with those who have never heard before, and the Lord continues to work through their faithful efforts. In Togo, churches are being raised as the message is proclaimed among the forgotten villages there. In Ethiopia, the workers are facing opposition, but the Lord continues to sustain them as the truth is spread and more churches are built and more decisions are made. In the Philippines, Nanding continues to share the love of Jesus through evangelistic meetings in the mountain villages while Titing continues his nurturing and educating work of the youth. There are so many others doing faithful service for the Master: the Orellana family with their mission outpost in Ecuador, Deborah working in Senegal, and so many

A recent baptism in the Philippines

more. I praise and thank our great God for the work that He is doing in taking His message to the ends of the earth through radio, health ministry, Bible work, public evangelism, literature ministry, educational efforts, outpost ministry and so much more! God’s work is going forward! We continue to solicit your prayers and support that His truth may continue marching around the globe until Jesus comes!

Yours in thanking our Lord for His goodness,


Letter from Cody: Togo – July 2015

Timothy (with the red hat) giving a Bible study

Some times it is hard to understand why some things happen—things happen in this world that simply do not make any sense to us. Many times when these inexplicable events occur, we are tempted to ask, why? It is at times like these, that our trust must grow stronger in our great God who knows what is best for us. It was this sentiment that Job proclaimed: “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” Job 13:15. During these dark times, we must never forget the tender love and care of our Heavenly Father. “The dealing of the heavenly Father may seem dark and mysterious and unexplainable; nevertheless we are to trust in Him.” “When all things seem dark and unexplainable, remember the words of Christ, ‘What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.’ John 13:7.” In Heavenly Places, 74; Gospel Workers, 476. When the way seems the darkest, our faith can then grow the strongest. Even if the way never becomes clear to us, we can rest in the promise that eventually every dark providence will be illuminated. “There Jesus will lead us beside the living stream flowing from the throne of God and will explain to us the dark providences through which on this earth He brought us in order to perfect our characters.” Testimonies, vol. 8, 254. May we learn to trust in the One who loves us more than we can ever know both in the shadows and in the sunlight!

Family that Timothy led to Jesus and His truth

One recent “dark providence” that our brethren in Togo are dealing with is the untimely death of one of the faithful workers there. Around five years ago, Timothy began working the city of Sotouboua in central Togo. When Timothy began working for the Lord, he was a farmer by day and preacher by night. Because of His love for the Lord, he shared the message of Jesus with many within the city, giving them Bible studies and leading them to the knowledge of our Lord and Savior. Through his work, he became known as one who went about doing good and ministering to the people. As he shared with those in the community, he was privileged to raise up a church in his city and lead over forty people to the waters of baptism through his faithful witness. His burden did not cease with those around him, though. He was an earnest worker wherever he could find those interested in spiritual things. One of the villages in which he was working was over twenty miles away, but that did not stop him from walking there at least once a week to share the message of salvation with hungry souls. Timothy was a tireless worker for the Lord—giving Bible studies, visiting the sick, praying with the discouraged and ministering to those in need. While in our human wisdom it seems like God’s work needed this indefatigable worker, sometimes God allows “dark providences.” Timothy’s mother became very sick and was hospitalized in one of the larger cities. When Timothy heard how ill his mother was, he desired to go visit her to see how he could minister to her in her illness. There was only one problem; Timothy did not have very much money. So he took the cheapest transportation he could—the back of a motorcycle. As the motorcycle was nearing his destination, a large truck passed another vehicle and collided with the motorcycle, killing Timothy instantly. We cannot understand it, but we trust that the Lord is in control and that His work will go forward. May we uphold Timothy’s wife and two small children in prayer, along with his co-workers, as they move forward to carry on Timothy’s legacy of soulwinning. May we also remember to uphold the other faithful workers in Togo with our prayers and support.

Yours in trusting our all-knowing Lord,