I learned about ultimate generosity in the eleventh poorest country in the world...
I took my first ever trip to Togo, West Africa in December of 2016. This was a trip that affirmed the call God had put on my life to go and be a part of the 6 Degree Initiative and join a team that would help start churches where there are none.
While I was in Togo, I had the opportunity to preach at two different churches. One of those churches was pastored by Pastor Koffi. It was a church in a small village up in the mountains of Togo. Pastor Koffi and his family had served faithfully in this region for years with hardly any resources.
After I had preached, Pastor Koffi invited me and the other missionaries to his house for lunch. We went to his small, duplex like home and his wife and son prepared a meal for us to enjoy. The meal he prepared us would cost more than his ten dollar a month rent that he struggled to pay each month. To put it in perspective, the three bottles of soda that he bought for us to enjoy cost him twelve dollars alone.
They set the table for us, served us and then left us to enjoy our lunch. I was overwhelmed by this family's generosity. I had never seen poverty like this and I had never seen a generosity like this.
Pastor Koffi inspired me to live a life of ultimate generosity! He inspired me to not look at giving as a burden on my finances but as an opportunity to honor and bless someone. He inspired me to not only give generously but to live generously. I think about my one life and the thousands of lives in Togo and Benin who have never heard the Gospel. If my life can be used by God to see many people go from death to life, I will gladly give it all for that opportunity.
One, simple act of generosity changed my life forever. What about you? Is God asking you to give? Or is God asking you to go? Whichever it is, I hope you are as inspired as I am by a family who has nothing but gives everything for the sake of the Gospel!