We, as the Togo Team are delighted to introduce the newest members of our team. These families and individuals are eager to arrive on the field but need your prayers and possible support. Below you will find a short description of what they anticipate doing and also how to contact them. We are sure they would love to hear from you. If you would like to have them present their ministry or who A.B.W.E. is, please feel free to contact them at their address beside their picture.
Lee and Violette are heading to Mango to become part of the awesome team that God is putting together to reach Muslims with the gospel through compassionate medical care and more. Lee has experience in maintenance and anticipates using half of his time helping to keep the Wendell Kempton Medical and Ministry Center functioning. The second half of Lee’s daily hours he wants to fill with evangelism and disciple-making activities that will help with the overall church planting effort of the ABWE team. Lee also has a heart for helping with some of the efforts already being made in cottage-industry area.
Violette is gifted in the area of hospitality and anticipates being part of the guest house ministry in Mango. She also loves to disciple other women and looks forward to encouraging the younger missionary wives as well as working with local women she will soon meet. The Abuhl’s served in three other African countries and American college ministry before making this move to Togo.
They are excited to be a part of the Togo Team in all that the Lord is doing in Togo.
Jodi Boyd is a 35-year-old registered nurse and is from the Holland, Michigan area. She has been a nurse for nine years with almost all of that time spent in the operating room. Jodi’s parents were missionaries when she was a child so the missionary life is fun and familiar to her. Jodi has been doing travel nursing all around the United States for the last six years gaining a wide variety of experience in the operating room. This nomadic lifestyle has also allowed her to serve short-term on a variety of medical mission fields including three months in Pakistan, five months in Liberia, West Africa, and one month in Benin, West Africa. Jodi has a heart for reaching the Muslim people, and a heart for the hurting in West Africa. The new ABWE hospital in Mango, Togo, West Africa is a wonderful opportunity for God to work. Jodi is excited about the doors that the hospital will open in this Muslim West African culture. Jodi will be helping to get the new hospital, especially the operating room, up and running, train local Christian Togolese nurses, and use every opportunity to sharec Christ with her patients and her community. Currentlhy she is in France learning Frendh.
Ryan is a pilot, so he hopes to use the airplane with church planting, etc. We can see it being a great help to the medical evangelism teams, as well as being used for hospital assistance. While they were in Togo in 2007, they enjoyed getting to know the Kabiye people behind the hangar. They can see using that in the future. Stephanie, knows a little bit of sign language, which she was able to use to teach some deaf children, Dorcas and Jaqui, some basic around-the-house signs. They're not sure how the Lord will use that in the future since she is not fluent in sign.
Ryan & Stephanie Buczak
While doing short term missions work in South Africa in 2007, I met a woman my age who, by no fault of her own, had contracted AIDS and was terminal. As I looked into her eyes a question haunted me. "When her life ends, as it inevitably will, where will she spend her eternity?" God used that experience in my life to push me into nursing school with the ultimate aim of using that skill in Africa where quality healthcare is so desperately needed. However, though I am excited to help make a medical difference in Africa, my ultimate purpose in going is that others would come to know Christ through compassionate care. I want to share Christ so that they can find hope in Him. This is why I am excited to serve both as a nurse in the Hospital of Hope in Mango, Togo and be a member of the church-planting team. I am excited to see how God will use the WKMMC to reach the unreached of Togo, West Africa. One day, I know you and I will meet Togolese in Heaven who came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ through the ministry there. God is working in the hearts of many in Mango! I cannot wait to be a part of what God is going to do there!
Josh and Jenny anticipate helping further the Gospel in Northern Togo through church planting. Jenny hopes to use her nursing skills by assisting in the new hospital in Mango. The whole family is excited to build relationships with the people and families in Mango.
Josh and Jenny Farver
Garon and Susan Harris have been on numerous short term mission trips to Togo since 1997 and are excited about serving with theTogo Team as full time missionaries. Garon will be using water development to help bring the Living Water message to those without Christ. He also will be involved in bible teaching. Susan is a registered nurse who looks forward to being a part of the hospital team, especially in the area of obstetrics. She also will be involved in community outreach using Community Health Evangelism (CHE) training.
Garon & Susan Harris
Eric and Brenda Kosiorek along with their boys: Joshua, Caleb, Daniel, and Michael, are excited about being a part of the mission’s team that will be serving in Mango, Northern Togo. He will be involved in maintaining the new Wendell Kempton Memorial Medical and Ministry Center, as well as evangelism, discipleship and church planting. He hopes to build relationships with Togolese men while training them to carry on the work of maintaining the hospital.
The Kosiorek's are looking forward to serving together as a family, getting to know their new neighbors, learning about and living in the Togolese culture, all the while praying for opportunities to reach out with the gospel and love of Jesus Christ.
The Justisons are excited to work with the Togolese in the northern city of Mango. Andy will be involved in the new radio broadcasting ministry that will facilitate bringing the gospel, discipleship, and training to northern Togo and potentially Ghana, Burkina Faso, and Benin. Amanda plans to use her skills as a nurse in community outreach education and has a desire to become involved with ladies ministries.
Andy, Amanda, Nora & Silas
Togo, West Africa.
We would consider it an honor to share how you can be credited with reaching over 1.3 million people with the gospel in Mango, Togo, West Africa and the surrounding countries of Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Benin through Christian radio. The Togolese people in Mango only receive two radio signals, but sadly there is no station preaching the gospel! This is an 80% Muslim region. Hope Radio will work hand in hand with ABWE’s Wendell Kempton Medical and Ministry Center and will assist in evangelism and discipleship.
We are excited about this mission that God has given us. Will you prayerfully consider inviting us to share with you this unprecedented opportunity to take the light of hope to those lost in darkness?
Jason and Kathy await the Lord’s leading as to how they will be able to assist in the ministry in Togo using aviation and their various other skills.
Jason & Kathy Laird
Rory is aiming to be the next administrator for the blind school (Village of Lights) and will do bookkeeping when needed at the hospital at Tsiko. Which is near the Village of Lights (VoL)
Ethan will be involved with Bible training and hospital administration. Melissa will use her skills as a physician to help meet the physical needs of the many Togolese who visit the new hospital and clinic in Mango. Together with their northern Togo team they are excited at the possibility of seeing the Gospel impact northern Togo."
Faster and farther...the Stoner's are excited to use their aviation skills to propel church planting and medical missions in Togo. Dan is a pilot and a mechanic with his Inspector Authorization. Rachael is a pilot and a mechanic; she has just begun her Certified Flight Instructor certificate. They will be teaming up with the Laird and the Buczak family to expand the church planting ministry throughout Togo and beyond.
Daniel and Rachael Stoner
I recently finished x-ray school and have passed my board exam. I will be going to Mango to work in the radiology department in that hospital. I will be cross trained in ultrasound when I get to Mango. My role will include: teaching the Togolese how to perform x-rays, overseeing that department, mentoring, evangelism, discipleship. I may be going back and forth between both hospitals -- working with the lab techs (who are taking the x-rays). Whatever capacity is needed for me to serve God.
Andrew & Mary Ward are headed to Togo to build up the local church by training national pastors and Christian school teachers. Mary plans to be involved in women and children's ministries. Andrew graduated from Tennessee Temple with a Master of Divinity and is currently working on his Doctorate of Education from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. They have two sons, Emmanuel & Cyrus.
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