Seven Musts of Any Service

Sunday, December 8th 2013

Monday, my final day of class with Pastor Kossi and his students, was supposed to be a discussion about the person and work of the Holy Spirit. However, we began with questions about the service. This in turn led to questions about prayer, sermons, and then eventually the church year. I hadn’t meant to do

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French Roots

Kossi has certainly been given a gift with his language abilities. Nevertheless English is a little bit more of a struggle for him. While working as a missionary you have to learn how to speak with simple sentences and simple words. You learn to try and avoid words that we might think of as more

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Of the Father’s Love Begotten

My first stop on my West Africa trip was Lome Togo. It is here that Pastor Kossi Blewu has been working diligently for the Lord. During my first visit to Togo in January 2008, Pastor Kossi was working as an administrator at a local school and preaching in his spare time. He had one large

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Parting of the ways

Wednesday, November 27th 2013

The last two months have witnessed a constant blur of comings and goings. Ed and Janice Starkey safely arrived in India. The Joint Asia Pastoral conference was held in Chennai. An apartment needed to be found for Ed and Janice. Dave Koenig packed and left. Vanessa and I spent a week in New Delhi applying

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Into Zambia

Wednesday, September 18th 2013

After the conference in Whiski it was time to say goodbye to the Congo and head south into Zambia. It was strange to be south of the Equator and not only because the water drained in the wrong direction. The farther south we went the colder the weather became. Not that it every became too

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Whiski Conference

Monday, September 16th 2013

After returning from our voyages in the North we met up with Yumba and drove up to Whiski for a three day conference with the pastors and members of the CCLC. Whiski is a small village just near the border between Congo DRC and Zambia. The day before the conference we began with a worship

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The Rough and Rugged North

Saturday, September 14th 2013

Even though we have already visited Congo and Zambia once this year in January, in late July of 2013 it was time to return again. While there in January it was indicated to us that August would be a much better time to visit. For one thing august is the height of the dry season

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Nigeria Visit, June 2013

Wednesday, September 11th 2013

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Todd in Togo

Monday, September 9th 2013

Although Pastor Ohlmann was not able to come in time for Kossi’s wedding, but he did arrive the following day to visit Togo and meet Kossi. This was Todd’s first visit to Togo. We spent a couple days in Togo. We visited three of Kossi’s five congregations. Even though Pastor Ohlmann has been reading reports

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Togo Wedding

Near the end of May 2013 Pastor Kossi Blewu, the head of the Eglise Evangelique Lutherienne de Confession du Togo, celebrated his wedding. By local custom he was already married to his wife for many years. But knowing the importance first of asking the Lord’s blessing and second of being an example to his congregation, he

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