Togo, West Africa is the birthplace of voodoo.... so as you can imagine it is a pretty dark place. You see generation after generation that is that has been gripped by satan.
The standard tradition in the house hold of a witch doctor is to dedicate there child to the work of satan. You can see generations that are trapped in this cycle and they have no idea that they can have freedom.
Well... that is changing.
Pastor Ben is one of our bold leaders in Togo. He has the privilege of serving his church as the pastor. He is a Gospel sharing machine. Nothing stops him!
In Bens village, there is a feared witch doctor. This is the witch doctor that other witch doctors go to when they aren't able to communicate to the most powerful demons. She is known for her sorcery and one of the darkest souls around.
She would never hear a word of the Gospel let alone invite someone in that believed it.
Ben, led by the Holy Spirit walked into this witchdoctors home and shared the Gospel boldly.
Not only did she listen, she actually invited him to come back and talk about it again.
Through this process, the witch doctors daughter was in the room listening as well and gave her life to Christ. Later on the witchdoctor came to Christ as well and is now living for Jesus.
The witch doctors daughter, Eugene, has been attending the church that Pastor Ben serves. She recently had a newborn baby and held a baby dedication at the church.
Family trees are changing in Togo!
Lives are being transformed!
People are sharing the Gospel and more are being added to the family of Christ every day!
Let this incredible story of what God is doing inspire you to be a part of life change. Go and share the good news with those who don't know. Let your life be a vessel for Christ!
Find out how you can be a part of this incredible gospel movement!
On my last trip to Togo, I got to witness the incredible Gospel movement that God is starting there.
He is truly lighting up the darkness.
While I was there the team recieved an incredibly generous donation of a partner church and we were able to purchase new property for a brand new church plant.
I had the opportunity to go walk the land and see all that God is going to do in this area.
This story is the perfect example of why we do what we do.
As we were walking through the villages, dreaming of all the posibilities with one of our local pastors, a man approached us.
We were just exploring what could be and will be and this man walks up and says something in French. They translated it for me and this local man had come and said, "I feel like you have something to tell me".
"Are you serious?", I asked.
Did that really just happen? Did he really just come up and ask us to share the Gospel with him?
He sure did!
They spent the next twenty minutes or so sharing the incredible story of our savior with this man who had quite possibly never heard it before.
This could be the very first person in the entire village that heard a clear presentation of the Gospel. He did not come to Christ on that day. Pastor Joshua invited to his church just a kilometer up the road, but in this culture it would be very rare for someone to walk that far.
But this summer (2018) this man will have a brand new church were he and many more in his village could hear the Gospel and be discipled.
Hundred will have the opportunity to make the ultimate decision to trust Jesus as their savior and live forever changed. They will then be discipled to go out and make more disciples.
This is why we do what we do.
The Gospel is needed. It's desired. It's just not known in Togo.
But it's coming! God is moving in Togo and stiring a complete revival!
Join us in prayer for this movement and find out how you can be a part of the incredible opportunity of reaching the unreached.
I had the privilege of taking my second trip to Togo, West Africa this past January (2018). I was going to do some filming for our initiative as well as getting to know the culture and learning as much as possible about what's next for the 6th Degree Initiative.
I was there for two and a half weeks on this trip. I got to see all that God had done since a year earlier on my first trip.
To say the movement had grown would be an understatement.
The first time I was in Togo, we had one brick-and-mortar church plant and we had just bought property for our second... and that was it. We were dreaming and talking about growth but that was where it was.
In just one year we went from on brick-and-mortar church to, two thriving brick-and-mortar churches, 3 house churches that were launched out of the first church plant and 2 other churches partnered with us in our network.
Yeah... unbelievable growth!
Numbers of churches sounds great but the focus is life transformation. If that isn't happening then nothing else matters.
In the year of 2017, we saw over 1,000 people come to Christ in an unreached people group.
This is becoming a movement with exponential growth! God is going before the team and we are just trying to keep up.
As I was observing the incredible movement of God, I started to observe our local pastors who are the ones leading the charge.
I started asking the question, "how are these men leading this incredible movement of God?"
While observing I noticed three specific characteristics that these leaders carried.
The number one characteristic that I saw in these pastors was humility.
They led the people in their church and the neighbors in their village with so much humility.
They approached every message with humility.
They approached every conversation with humility.
When I would praise them for anything they would quickly point it back to God and thank Him for all He has done in their life.
These men are truly led by the Spirit and are completely aware of the goodness and grace of God. That drives them to humility.
The second characteristic that these leaders exemplify is boldness.
Togo is the birth place of voodoo. So the spiritual warfare is heavy to say the least. Yet, these men of God are humbly walking into witchdoctors houses and through the boldness and power of the Holy Spirit, they are seeing lives that have been gripped by satan, transformed and living for Christ.
They speak the Word of God with a boldness that we seen in Paul in the book of Acts.
These men are not timid with the Truth, they live it and speak it in so much boldness.
The third and final characteristic that I noticed in these leaders is something that I think comes from a combination of the first two.
These men walk with so much confidence. A confidence that only exists by the humility and boldness of the Holy Spirit.
They are confident in who God is, what He has done in their lives and what He has called them to do.
This confidence is seen and emanates from them when they walk in a room. It is a confidence that comes from a surrendered life completely resting in The Spirit.
Humble. Bold. Confident. The DNA of a leader in the midst of a Gospel movement. Is it your DNA?