Stories From The Field - Team Togo

team on hillIt has a surprisingly diversified landscape for a country of its size. Lush jungles, beaches and savanna grasses throughout the south are in contrast to the Sahara like desert, and rocky terrain in the north. The climate stays humid and tropical throughout the year.

This is Togo, a small nation on the coast of West Africa.

Team Togo was one out of seven ORU mission trips to Africa this summer. The team was made up of five students: three girls and two boys. Senior ORU student Andrea Borman was the Assistant Team Leader of the team and it was her first time in Africa.

“I remember how I thought it would be here because of all the pictures and stories I’d heard but its different…it’s even hotter then they say.” Borman said, “But it’s also more beautiful then I’d thought. Yes, the poverty is stricken everywhere but something about the country gets under your skin and makes you ache for the people and culture.”

Borman said that their trip consisted mainly of evangelistic ministry. Their days were spent traveling from village to village where they would always do children's ministry and then a church service for the adults. The children's ministry usually consisted of singing songs, plchildrenaying games and teaching Bible stories. In the adult service the Jesus Film was shown first then a team member would share a testimony, the gospel, or a word from the Lord. They always ended by praying for the sick and asking for salvations. The team’s contact was a national named Nadjombe, a pastor in Togo.

Their ministry was off to a rough start when at one of the first services no one came forward at an alter call. Borman recalls they were all pretty discouraged and were asking the Lord why nothing was happening. That night though, Borman said one of her team members told them, “I think that God wants to make sure we know we are nobodies before becoming somebody. That way it’s all about Him and not us.”

The team decided in that moment to surrender everything that they did entirely to God. Borman recalls that as a major turning point in the trip. From then on the team always started with prayer and worship before any ministry and at every village and in every service people came forward for salvation. At one point Nadjombe told the team that he could literally see a barrier of prayer surrounding the team, protecting them from any kind of attack. By the end of the month in Togo there had been 400 salvations.

gameBorman said that her mission trip to Togo really taught her team to trust the work of the Holy Spirit -that they would do their part and let God do His. “Never underestimate what’s going on around you and the power of prayer and fasting.” Borman said. Now that she is back in the States Borman noted that she is much more aware of spiritual warfare.

“It’s so easy to get caught up in life and forget,” she said, “spiritual warfare is different everywhere, in Africa it might present itself in more tangible ways but here it can take on the form of materialism…prayer and fasting has to be a priority long after the ‘mission trip’ has ended.” Borman also stated that she has so much more gratitude for all that she’s been given. “It reminds me not to be selfish. The people in Togo gave us everything when they had nothing. How can I not give when I’ve been blessed with so much?”