When Jesus went into towns, He would proclaim the Gospel. He told the people to repent for He, the kingdom of God, their redemption, was near. Jesus did other things during His years of public ministry. He healed people who were sick and freed people from the grip of the devil. In South Africa, our missionaries not only proclaim the same Gospel of Jesus to people through their mouths, but also show the love of Jesus by caring for the physical needs of people as well. The missionaries, like us, are called to be witnesses of the love of Christ through words and deeds of mercy.
South Africa actually has three capital cities, one for each
branch of their government: Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative), and Bloemfontein (judicial).
There are two independent kingdoms contained within South Africa: Swaziland and Lesotho. Much of South Africa’s water comes from ice melting off the snow-covered mountaintops of Lesotho.
South Africans love to play rugby, cricket, golf, and soccer and are internationally known for their sports teams.
South Africa is known for their diamond and gold mines, but they are rich in other minerals also, including coal and iron ore.
And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction. Matthew 9:35
Jesus never leaves His Church. His Church is not a building but rather the communion of saints, all believers in Jesus. He gives His Church His Holy Word and Sacraments, where He comes to us to be with us, near us, and to save us. Our missionaries in Togo serve God in this country by helping to train local pastors so they can go throughout the countryside and proclaim God’s Word to people and establish congregations where His Sacraments might be given. In the Sacrament of the Altar (the Lord’s Supper), we especially receive forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation. It is wonderful that God is with His Church in Word and Sacraments through the work of our pastors and missionaries who serve in His name!
Lomé, the capital city, is on the coast of the Gulf of Guinea and home to over 1 million people.
Togo is home to many culturally diverse tribes; Ewe, Mina, and Kabre are the largest ones.
The official language of Togo is French, used primarily for official business. The people of Togo also speak their native tribal languages.
Coffee and cacao (from which chocolate is made) are two of Togo’s major exports.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Acts 2:42
Jesus once sent out seventy-two disciples to proclaim that the
kingdom of God has come! By this, they announced that Jesus is
God and had come to save people from sin and death. Today, God’s
kingdom comes by His Holy Spirit through God’s Word in the gift
of faith. Through the Word and Baptism, God grants us the ability
to believe in Jesus, our Savior. In Kenya, our missionaries train
pastors and evangelists to go throughout the countryside to tell
people about the coming of God’s kingdom through Jesus’ death
and resurrection. Our missionaries are assisted by hundreds of
short-term missionaries, who serve for a week or more with them in
Kenya. We pray that God would continue to bless and multiply His
Word throughout Kenya, granting faith and His kingdom to all!
The people of Kenya speak Swahili and English.
The Great Rift Valley, a 4,000-mile tear in the Earth’s
crust, cuts across western Kenya.
Kenya is known for its savanna, which is home to elephants, lions, cheetahs, giraffes, zebras, hippos, rhinos, and more. The Kenyan government has set up more than 50 reserves and parks to protect these animals.
Schools are available for children, but many kids help their families by working the land, fetching water, tending cattle, and cooking.
[Jesus] said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” Luke 10:2