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Togo 2017 Day 21: Sunday, 9th July

So early starts seem to be the norm. In actual fact they start church services as early as 7:00am and finish around 10:30am. We were given the opportunity to perform and preach at the Assembly’s of God church in Lome. We were up and ready by 6am, had breakfast but the bus was late in arriving to pick us up. Our performance was without a doubt the best. As the team performed the audience responded with claps and shouts of appreciation. Geoff preached and after the service the Pastor invited the whole team to his office to meet him. Since we were up so early, the team leaders decided that we would have lunch in town before heading back to the base. After getting back to the base most of the team took naps and relaxed for the rest of the day.            ... read more

Togo 2017 Day 20: Saturday, 8th July

There was much excitement as the team had their extra hour and a half sleep in before breakfast. They were eager to get to the hotel, have lunch speak to loved ones and what they were looking forward to the most, swim in the pool. The first stop though was taking care of business. Each of the Americans on the team had to go in and get their passports in person. This was a normal process for getting their visa’s extended.   Unfortunately, it literally rained on our parade. We got everything we wished for but the swimming. The rain fell all day and it made for a cold afternoon. The team returned to an awesome dinner of chicken and fries. The team was treated to another movie night but that still didn’t make up for no swimming... read more

Togo 2017 Day 19: Friday, 7th July

We had yet another rainy day today. We joined the base staff and students for another time of intercession. After intercession the team gathered to discuss the day. It was decided that we needed our crack team of painters to focus on getting some painting done. So Megan, Jamie, Hope and Zion got to work. The rest of the team, were spread between putting paint equipment away and helping out in the kitchen. Our clinic team made considerable progress despite working their way around the clinic staff and patients. Sierra is especially enjoying being a part of the clinic team. She takes vital signs of mom’s and babies when they come in, and will be taught how to perform a Malaria Test as well as an HIV Test. She has sat in sessions with the midwives and mothers to see how far they are along in their pregnancy and measure their stomachs and check health. After lunch it seemed that the rain was dissipating, so without wasting precious sunlight, Geoff and Joseph got the team ready to paint the outside walls of the kitchen. The sunny weather lasted a good 2 hours before it started spitting with rain so we packed up and called it a day. Has it been mentioned that the base staff and students are so impressed with our team, especially the kitchen supervisor Priscilla who is so very thankful every time she encounters any of the team members including the team staff.             After dinner one of the base youth Nikabu hosted a movie night for the team at his... read more

Togo 2017 Day 18: Thursday, 6th July

There was much anticipation to get the outside of the kitchen completely painted today but the rain put a quick stop to our plans. We took time out to have a worship and intercession time for the base and that turned out to be an awesome experience. In Geoff’s group Zion got a vision of a big boulder and then received another vision of water pouring over the rocks. She submitted her visions to her intercession group and God started to bring understanding. It was an awesome time as Zion shared that this was something she hadn’t done before. She felt a little silly but with some encouragement from Geoff she realized that God was going to speak and interpret her vision. In a totally different other group, Jamie and Hope had similar vision’s, which confirmed what God was saying and gave us the full picture as to what to pray for. This of course was eye opening for our team members who have never experienced intercession firsthand.   After our awesome intercession time, we started getting the clinic prepped and things moved away from the walls for our next paint project. The team also took advantage of the time-out caused by the rain to get a Togolese market experience. Even though it was wet and muddy the team members braved the wet and mud and enjoyed their time at the market.           After dinner we got ready to perform at the Thursday Night Community service and had a blast. The kids shared testimonies and at the end of our time Jamie and Zion shared... read more

Togo 2017 Day 17: Wednesday, 5th July

So another productive day was in store for us today. Geoff headed into Lome to update 5 days worth of posts, which drew instant attention from parents and friends on the SRFM Facebook page. While Geoff was in Lome, the team did an afternoon performance for some secondary students, which went very well. Sierra, Hope, Quinn and Tayne shared testimonies during the songs and they ended their time teaching the line dance, which has become a huge hit with the African’s.             As Geoff was making his way back to the base from Lome the vehicle he was in was rear-ended by a motorbike. The motorbike rider was shaken up to say the least and fortunately no one was seriously hurt. After dinner the team played musical chairs with some of the young people for the base. The base staff and students have been very impressed with our kids and have been truly blessed by the life they have brought to the base.          ... read more

Togo 2017 Day 16: Tuesday, 4th July

HAPPY 4TH OF JULY   Today went exceptionally well for us. The team had a very productive day painting the new kitchen. Not only did we get two separate colors done on the inside, we also primed the outside. This is definitely an answer to prayer. The base staff have been really impressed with our young peoples attitude and today they were certainly blown away with the progress we made. We just may be able to paint the whole kitchen inside and out before we leave.                                                   We also had a special treat this evening. Joseph and Meleah hosted the team at their house as well as other staff members to a 4th of July Party which had all the fixins. Curtis cooked hotdogs and burgers over the grill, we had our pick of soda’s as well as chips, and to top the night off, we cooked smores and sang the national anthem. There was definitely sense of achievement after what we got done today and we look forward to what tomorrow brings. We will definitely rest well... read more

Togo 2017 Day 15: Monday, 3rd July

It was another early start to a brand new week. The team joined in corporate worship with the base staff and students after breakfast. We had another anointed time and it definitely helped encourage and fill us. After our worship time, we undertook to begin with our service projects. Most of the girls did laundry and cleaned bathrooms while the boys did the same. After doing their laundry the boys split up. Tayne and Quinn helped Megan and Curtis with sweeping and mopping the dining room floor while Andrew helped Jamie and Hope start priming the inside of the kitchen. Geoff went with Joseph into Lome to get passports handed in for visa extensions with the team and also get paint.   It was another full day. Sierra did orientation to help in the clinic, which is turning out on average 4-6 newborn babies a day since we’ve been here. Amy who is from Colorado is in charge of the medical ministry and she has asked if the team can also paint her clinic. It’s a lot of work but the team is confident that it is up to the task.   After dinner tonight we met and had a team time. Each of us shared our highs and lows, which was very encouraging and we spent the end of our time just praying for each other. We are all doing well. We’re happy to be here in Togo and it seems that the people are definitely warming up to us. The language barrier has been a bit of a factor but after the performance and sharing on Sunday,... read more

Togo 2017 Day 14: Sunday, 2nd July

If you remember over the Bootcamp phase we talked to the team about being totally sold out for Jesus and worshiping with total unabandonment, without hindrance and disregard of the opinions of those next to you. Well today we got the experience of a lifetime. After breakfast we took a 10-minute walk to a local village church, which looked like it could seat about 50 people max. As we piled in we all looked at each other as if to say, we’re going to pack this church our let alone, not have enough room to dance. This church with its thatched roof and red soil floor was as simple as you could get but man were we in for a real treat. After the Pastor welcomed us, this young lady who looked no older than a sophomore in high school started singing accapella. Her ensemble of a base drum and a snare drum (Which were the only two instruments in the building) beat out a rhythm that accompanied her singing mid-song. Well the whole church erupted and dancing just broke forth. The only people looking out of place were the team but that soon ceased as we were all pulled in to the celebration of Jesus. Lets just say the whole worship time lasted about an hour with solid dancing and singing. As the music died down, we were told that each nation that was represented needed to present a song/dance in their native tongue and without any pause the music and dancing started back up again for another hour. The team finally got to perform three songs. This... read more

Togo 2017 Day 13: Saturday, 1st July

Once again we took advantage of sleep time and made good use of the extra hour. Megan and the team leaders decided with our ministry time starting tomorrow to take the team into Lome for some shopping and get off the base for a bit. Little did we know that we were not only going to experience some awesome shopping but we had lunch at the Radisson Hotel, which had free wi-fi. Geoff was thankful to finally get a chance to update the posts on Facebook and the website but not as thankful for the FaceTime sessions each team member got with their family at home. This was a huge lift for us all and it has made us even more excited for our outreach time tomorrow.   GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME, ALL THE TIME GOD IS GOOD!!!... read more

Togo 2017 Day 12: Friday, 30th June

Our morning started early again with breakfast at 6:30am. Breakfast is started early so that they can beat the heat of the day, which sets in pretty early. Typically, children will go to school from about 8am to noon, come home, have lunch and some rest and then return at 3:00pm to finish school around 5:00pm. After breakfast the girls practiced dancing while the boys undertook the task of doing their laundry by hand. This was a first time experience for some but the opportunity to play with water in hot weather while doing something constructive always makes for some good fun and we desperately needed to get our laundry done. We made good use of our action packers, which you can see by the pictures. Tayne’s tumble dry process became an instant hit. We can truthfully say that the boys are so thankful for washing machines back home in the US… (Smile) Togo 17 Day 12 Tayne laundry         The girls had their chance to hand wash their laundry after lunch. The team took advantage of another day off by getting some nap time in and at around 3:00pm we followed Joseph and Meleah on an hour walk to visit some of the surrounding villages to get a feel for what it is like.   After our walk we returned to the base to have dinner. After dinner our young team members engaged in some playtime with the local children and played well into the evening. Quinn Young became an instant hit by teaching some of the local boys some martial arts moves. To be... read more

Scenes from the Past

Kids Dancing
Ao1 Work Duties
Group Photo
Group Photo
Washing Clothes
Bootcamp Fishing Break
Late Night Performance
Outdoor Worship

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