We’re excited to announce that our first ever mission trip to Togo will be happening in 2019 in the capital city of Lome.
Our Togo team, led by Emmanuel Kwizera, will be holding their first preparation meetings this month to dream and plan how AE can transform Togo for Christ. The team are hoping to run three large-scale evangelistic missions between 2019 and 2021.
Togo is one of the few West African nations AE has had the opportunity to launch into and represents a strategic launch point into the Muslim north.
AE has seen a great receptivity to the Gospel in the neighbouring country of Ghana. The mission to Accra in 2017 saw over 67,000 people reached with the Gospel, and another 4,082 people make a decision for Jesus. AE have also run the Pastors Training Course in the Ivory Coast.
AE’s presence in the North and West of the continent is vital, as we aim to bring hope in a region that is gripped by a strong Islamic presence.
In Togo, roughly 13.7% of the population is Muslim, 27.8% are Roman Catholic, while a staggering 33% of the population follow various forms of ancestral beliefs including Voodoo.
Togo has a population of 7.6 million people. 40.6 % of the population are under the age of 15!
The small West African nation, which also borders Benin and Burkina Faso, has experienced a great deal of political turmoil since its independence in 1960. The nation has been ruled by the same family for the last 50 years.
Gnassingbe Eyadema was President for 38 years and became Africa’s longest ruling dictator at the time, before he passed away from a heart attack in 2005. His son, Faure Gnassingbe, was quickly installed by the military and has ruled the country ever since.
Several large-scale protests occurred against Faure’s presidency as recently as October last year, before security forces had to shut down the capital city of Lome to prevent further anti-government demonstrations.
It’s estimated that upwards of 13 protesters were killed during the events.
Please be praying for our Togo team across the month of March. Pray Emmanuel, Bernard and the AE evangelistic teams will be led by the Holy Spirit to effectively evangelise in Togo.
Please also pray that the Good News of Christ will bring peace to Togo and transform the nation.