Rain Delay

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Post Date: July, 2019
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Today durning class with the pastoral students we had a torrential rain. No big deal in the US, but when you are in a tin-roofed church, a heavy rain drowns out any class (you think the gym at ILC is bad during a storm!). When the rain started, the students moved up closer to the lecture and I moved closer to them and we tried shouting over the Read More

Connected!

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Post Date: June, 2019
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I finally got the new apartment wired for internet. I’ve had access on my phone, but it has been difficult to do much, especially since my hotspot wouldn’t work. But this past Wednesday Togo Telecom finally came and ran fibre to the apartment and installed the Nokia modem and I’m back on-line. We had been waiting on the Read More

Pentecost is important!

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Post Date: June, 2019
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Pentecost is a important festival commemorating the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost after Jesus’ ascension. On that harvest festival, the Lord reaped a harvest of about 3000 souls and added them to His church. In the US, however, Pentecost isn’t one of that major celebrations, like it is here. This past week we Read More

Rough Road Ahead

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Post Date: May, 2019
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There are three kinds of roads (that I have seen so far) on the city of Lomé: paved, cobblestone, and dirt. The paved roads are reserved for the down-town business area and major connecting arteries, as far as I can tell. A paved street in Lomé The next level down is a cobblestone road, which isn’t the old-style brick, but is a Read More

Pardon my French!

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Post Date: May, 2019
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Today (Thursday) I taught the seminary students for the third time (not counting this past Sunday evening when both the current pastors and seminary students gathered together to study Luther’s Small Catechism). The students told Pastor Kossi that they had trouble understanding my French. I guess my accent isn’t very good (or, at the Read More

Deposit…deposited

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Post Date: May, 2019
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Today (Saturday) Pastor Kossi had a man come over to exchange money so I could have enough to make the deposit on the apartment. Then we went over to the owner’s house. After a long conversation in French/Éwé, we gave him a 6 month deposit and 3 months advanced rent ($206/mo based on the rate of 582 CFA Francs to $1 the man gave me this Read More

A Nigerian prince and princess

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Post Date: May, 2019
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This past Sunday I met a Nigerian prince and princess. No, they did not ask my help in transferring 2,000,000$ US out of the country that they discovered in dormant bank account. That was a difference prince who emailed that offer the other week (although since I’m here, I’m not sure I can help him). This was Martin and Tina Essien from west Read More

Unexpected Éwé

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Post Date: May, 2019
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The official language of Togo is French. For the past several months, as I was waiting to begin my work here, I have been working on improving my French. I knew Éwé was also used in Lomé and I thought maybe I’d dabble in it once I became more fluent in French. I did not expect that Éwé would be used so much in our churches and by our Read More

Unexpected Éwé

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Post Date: May, 2019
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The official language of Togo is French. For the past several months, as I was waiting to begin my work here, I have been working on improving my French. I knew Éwé was also used in Lomé and I thought maybe I’d dabble in it once I became more fluent in French. I did not expect that Éwé would be used so much in our churches and by our Read More

Looking in Lomé

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Post Date: May, 2019
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Missionary Todd Ohlmann and I arrived in Lomé, Togo, West Africa Saturday evening, May 5th, 2019. Pastor Kossi met us at the airport and took us to the hostel where we are staying. Sunday morning we attended the worship service at the main church and seminary building of the Mission Evangelique Lutherienne de Confession du Togo (MELC). It was Read More