“Boys in Togo,” Trevor Owen
- the Rev. Dosseh Takpale and Muslim outreach
- the leaders and churches
- the expanding church-planting work and corresponding training programs
- children attending two ICCM-sponsored schools in Tchore and Limbrini
- students at Wesley Missionary Institute
Superintendent Dosseh Takpale works with several leaders who have groups in six locations. Three groups are located near Lome, Togo’s capital. Several church plants have begun in the central region among Muslims. Togo also has a vibrant children’s ministry with two schools serving children who would otherwise have no opportunity for education. The Lome church also supported the start-up of FM work in Guinea Bissau. The Wesley Missionary Institute opened in January 2021. This school is training West African Free Methodists to reach out in cross-cultural ministry to people the FM churches are not currently reaching.
In 2001, Bernard Pangmashi and his family left Cameroon as missionaries to Togo. They started a Bible training school and from that planted churches. They served in Togo until June 2004.
Superintendent Dosseh Takpale
Togo Provisional Annual Conference
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Thrive Kenya leaders Yvonne Mtafuta and Lillian Kanji were excited, eager and a bit nervous in the weeks leading up to their first international mission trip. They had the opportunity to travel to West Africa where they would share about Thrive with the FMC in Lomé, Togo. Yvonne and Lillian loved the experience of “international travel.” Flying for the first time is always exciting – right? But there was so much more that made this trip an unforgettable experience for them and others!
One pastor was asked in advance of the first internship whether he would like a group of student workers. He said, “No, we don’t need them.” After hearing the results in other churches, he was first in line to receive a group of students for the second internship experience. Students worked with his church for four weeks. Formerly a church of primarily children, this church now has a more commendable group of adults and an adult trainee-leader working under the pastor.
Provisional Annual Conference
- Population: 8,228,000
- Evangelical Christians: 10.94%
- FM Work Opened: 2003
- FM Churches: 10
- FM Membership: 512
- FM Work Opened: 2003
- Ordained Ministers: 5
- Ministerial Candidates: 5
- Superintendent: Dosseh Takpale
- Ecclesiastical Accountability: FMWM through Africa Area Director Mike Reynen
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Church Planting & Development
Funding Togo Church Planting and Development (CPD) will help resource the following people and strategic initiatives:
- Discipleship and evangelism ministries of the Lome FMC and other southern Togo churches
- Six church planters in the region around Sokode, an area where many people need to hear the good news
- Continued production of manuals for the six church planters
- The national leader as he oversees the work of each local church and also frequently checks on the several church planters
- Materials, food and transportation costs for seminars providing basic pastoral training for pastors of this young work
Extra Mile Projects
Wesley Missionary Institute Construction
Five countries added to the FM family in West Africa over the last six years opened a great door of opportunity to us. But now we need many more cross-cultural workers. This brought about plans for Wesley Missionary Institute. The Institute is, as the name suggests, a school specifically designed to train Africans to be missionaries; to be cross-cultural gospel workers. Our school will have a primary focus on preparing workers to reach areas where the gospel has not reached. Spiritual formation will be an integral part of the training. All students will also be equipped to serve as tent-making missionaries, by receiving basic, small-scale business training. Most African missionaries are self-supporting. The Institute is slated to begin operating out of its first two buildings. But there will be six buildings to go, for full capacity. We are looking for help with those six. The total project is $550,000. The construction has begun with $100,000. If our aspiration for training these workers for West Africa resonates with you, and you can help with the remaining $450,000, please come on board with us!
Togo Village Church Planting
The Togo Free Methodist Church is planting churches in both southern and central parts of the country. The north is to be launched soon. Using Village Church Planting methods, the number of leaders in training and the number of churches being planted are significantly increasing. This account supports training and production of training materials for Togo church planting.
Togo Wesley Missionary Institute
A steadily widening field of ministry for Free Methodists in the West Africa region has also increased the need for gospel workers. But it is not just any gospel workers we need. We need servants of the Lord who have cross-cultural training, orienting them with a love for people of all cultures and preparing them with skills to adapt to the ways of a culture not their own. The Lord’s people have done this for centuries! But, training ensures we will engage with as many of the opportunities as we possibly can. Wesley Missionary Institute aims to raise up workers of this kind.
Potential locations for assignment include Great Commission Bible School, Malawi, Wesley Missionary Institute, Togo, or Liberia in its pastoral education program. Individuals would commit to a year or longer service. There are great opportunities to help individuals develop in ministry. Malawi and Liberia systems are modular, Togo is residential. Interested teachers will discuss with field leadership to discern a best place of service.
This is for teams who wish to participate in the project of constructing a church or repairing school buildings. In most cases this would include working under the direction of local builders. It could include cement block laying, cement work, basic woodworking. Often the projects are in hot environments. Good health is a necessity. Team size could be between four and ten members.