“The Lord has called me to Togo, West Africa, where I serve as a church planting assistant. This entails evangelism (village and hospital, particularly with AIDS patients), teaching women and children in the Agou church, training teachers for the Agou church, and training and observing Christian school teachers for the Togo field. Seeing the needs of lost people, their lack of education, and their lack of opportunity thrust me into attempting to make a difference in the lives of the Togolese for the Lord.
“I have been privileged to teach children as well as women to read. Seeing and hearing the progress made, especially in learning to read the Word of God, is a thrill like none other! The school system in Togo is quite lacking because of huge classes, no books, rote learning, teachers who do not care about the students, etc. Through the vision of another missionary, we have been able to start a program for training teachers for the Christian schools that are hosted by our churches. This year we have completed the goal of training teachers for K–6th grades, having added one grade per year.
“Having majored in education at PCC, I have been able to ‘practice’ what I learned in different contexts, including at home with the children who are a part of my life, missionary kids, Togolese public and Christian schools, churches, villages, etc. Early in life I had a desire to teach, and God has given me the ‘desire of my heart’ to be His vessel to communicate to others. I appreciate the Christian philosophy and desire for excellence instilled in us at PCC. I was encouraged to love children and to seek to help them grow mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
“Having opportunities to integrate what we learned in the classroom through Christian service opportunities like Bible clubs, etc., along with actually teaching in the Academy built confidence, showed me the importance of establishing relationships with my students, and enabled me to put what I learned in the classroom into a practical setting.
“Each term, I have worked with a different Togolese church. The teacher training has enabled the churches to be independent of me because they now have their own qualified teachers for Sunday school and children’s church. To God be the glory for allowing us to reach the goal of training the Christian school teachers so that our churches can give a Christian education to their children. I praise the Lord that I have been able to serve Him for fifteen years in Togo!”