The ladies’ ministry team exists to train godly growing Christian women with a vision for reaching other women and children for Christ, and equip them to evangelize, disciple, teach, and counsel that they may be able to train other women to do the same in their local churches and communities throughout Togo.
The ladies’ ministry team has chosen five objectives on which to focus in order to accomplish this purpose: evangelism, chronological Bible teaching, discipleship and mentoring relationships, development of a structured program (lay institute level and Bible college level) of education for women (in the areas of Bible education, counseling, teaching, and church ministry to other women), and health education.
God is working in incredible ways in each of these areas:
1) Evangelism: The ladies’ ministry team has spear-headed several seminars on Muslim evangelism in the three major regions of Togo in which we have ABWE churches. We are planning for another upcoming seminar for hospital employees in order to better equip them to share the gospel with the many Muslim patients who come to our hospital and clinic. Our current goal is to encourage outreach to Muslims on the part of our churches and pastors. In addition, several ladies are involved in reaching the Tamberma tribe in northern Togo – a tribe that is steeped in fetishism (idol worship)!
Chronological Bible teaching and health education: The ladies’ ministry team is actively
involved with a lady (Gladys) in the Amousso-Kope area who travels to multiple
surrounding villages, meeting with ladies for the purpose of sharing the
gospel, using chronological Bible studies, and teaching both disease prevention
and literacy. God provided the ladies’
ministry team with financial gifts from individuals in the U.S. that enabled us
to purchase a moto for this ministry. We
hope that this ministry can be multiplied in other areas as other ladies are
trained and sent out to other villages.
3) Discipleship and mentoring. The ladies’ ministry team is encouraging the development of mentoring relationships between missionaries and Togolese ladies. In addition, we are discussing ways to facilitate planning and implementation of ladies’ conferences throughout Togo. Often these are difficult in that there is very little in the way of finances for most Togolese women – so expenses for a conference must be kept to a minimum. Yet we believe there is great value in the fellowship as well as in teaching from God’s Word for ladies in all regions of Togo. In addition, the ladies’ ministry team is helping to suggest/research materials that could be used specifically for Bible studies for women. One such translation project was the Lies Women Believe and the Truth that Sets they Free, a book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. This Bible study is currently being used with multiple ladies’ groups in churches. Other translation projects are being considered in conjunction with our literature ministry. Finances are needed to help with such translation projects.
4) Progress is being made for developing a structured curriculum for ladies as one of the educational tracks of the Baptist Theological Education in Africa (BTEA), a ministry of ABWE in West Africa. Our desire is to have a lay church institute program in which ladies will receive a certificate at the end of their program, as well as a program at a Bible college level. Very little is available in terms of Bible education for ladies in Togo.