Wednesday, November 18, 2015

I will go before you …But you must take a step

Well I’m getting more settled in Togo everyday.

I’ve been so blessed by the team that lives & works here- they are totally wonderful !!
To think that just a week & a half ago I left…

Some of the BEST friends..& of course Sis

I’ll first share a tremendous "God story" that happened  as I started out …

My bags were packed & OVERFLOWING.. I mean OVERFLOWING..I had 2 checked bags - over weight by 2# ea, I carry on STUFFED, & a back pack with shoes & bottles hanging off & all the ties extended as far as they go.

 I was worried about all this. Trying to think what else I could leave to lighten the load. But bringing clothes, personal items , things to set up a house & 2 weeks before I left a note, that said I needed a water filter that was 18x13x13. I couldn’t get any lighter!!

Brian & Sandy came to say the last "so long- see ya later"..& when Brian saw my things he said you have to take another bag.. I had already called the day before & found out for a 3rd bag it would be whooping $200 !!!– That was way too expensive!!!

I’d make it somehow...

Brian said well I think you have the money for it.. but you do what you think you should do.
 They left – I asked Cid & Beth & they said “Yes take the 3rd bag so you won’t feel so stressed”..
 I said a prayer & felt like God said “It’s ok take the 3rd bag”

 So with no more than 30 min before we had to  leave the house we took things out.. & threw things in that 3rd bag -- lickity – split !!

When we got to the airport & I was checking in.. 

I said I had 3 bags.. & after the agent checked my bags in -ALL under #50 – she said ok - …

 ‘It says here you can have 3 FREE bags!!!” ..

 I asked how that was ?   That I was expecting to pay $200 & she said I can’t understand it..They only give 3 free if you were flying Business class. ( which I wasn’t ) .. I said I know- 

                         “Its was GOD” !!!

And she said “yes it must have been”.!!!!
Also the man before me that checked in was from Togo & she said she’s worked here 7 yrs & NEVER had anyone fly to Togo & now 2 ppl in an hour!!


 If I hadn’t decided to “take that step” I would have NOT seen what God had prepared ahead for me..

Deut 31:8 It is the Lord who goes before. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.

So what a way to start out with the many “unknowns” …. Visibly, tangibly seeing God work like this.                  It’s not that I’m special .. 

                                                  He does this for us all .

How often do we miss the miracles because we don’t S T E P!!!?

Now in putting everything in subjection to Him He left NOTHING outside of His control..Heb 2:8

So I arrived, with the Togolese man “watching” over me in the Paris airport & in Togo.

Spent a couple nites in the capital Lome’ on the ocean, right next to the largest port in West Africa.
Lome' Port at nite
Dinner at the hotel with some of the team.

Making Pita bread & buns in the brick oven.

Then up to Mango …

A street in Mango

Some of Kelly's friendly neighbors

 I stayed with a wonderful lady – Kelly who is a teacher for the Missionary kids & has been in Togo since ’95, until my house was ready.

I started working at the hospital this past week end & now have a few days off. 

Doing some IV work

The hospital is really nice. But I have a learning curve here.. I’ve been out of the hospital setting for 3 years &  I’m used to “machines”, protocols, & pre-mixed meds.

Pediatric ward. Everyone is enjoying the "Jesus Film"

 NOT pediatrics ,mixing your own meds, titrating IV’s (with no pumps)- esp on those little babies, not being able to really communicate, having “anything & everything” to be taking care of. 
Preemie- 29 wks

Feeding a "little" one.
2 little 5 month old twins- the little girl has Malaria- which we are seeing so much of.

But again as I’ve been praying & talking to God about ALL this & my lack of confidence..

 Guess what he revealed to me the other day in His Word..

Do you not believe I’m able to do this? And (I) they said to Him Yes, Lord. 
                                                                                                     Matt 9:28

So With His strength – because I’m SO weak- .
 With  Confidence In Jesus that He will EQUIP if He calls.....

                                 I GO & I say
                                               YES LORD.

And I proclaim Peter (1 Pet 4:11) wrote:

one who serves by the strength that God supplies- in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

ALL Glory to Him ,


Rejoicing.Thankful.Praying.  Embracing life....For & because of Jesus

Yes - I'm even eating yummy Mango! ( but I bought it in Lome')

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Life doesn’t stop…

It just continues on day by day, moment by moment.
Some are Hard,some are joyful, some fun, some sad, some crazy ,some encouraging…

BUT all these moments are filled with Jesus’ Grace!!

 For almost 4 months (in the fall & spring) I was being filled with encouragement of Jesus, at a little Bible school called Ellerslie, in CO . God drew me deeper & deeper into Him.

 I was so totally blessed to have had this opportunity to enjoy this “set-apart” season with other believers & Jesus. I am confident of what it means to be “in Christ” – & I pray that you too can know this.

 Living a life that is  surrendered, focused,”set – apart”, obsessed, sourced,  by the Holy Spirit  is what I long for. 

   But what about  Go TO ..Togo??

     Well it came about, after my time at Ellerslie.

 I went to a conference on Reaching Muslims for Jesus with Crescent Project – 

My heart has been tendered for the Muslims. Jesus loves them & died for them just like He did for you & me.  They just need to find Him!! 

       First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, ...  This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior,  who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.  For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
                                                                                                    1 Tim 2 :1,3-5
   There I meet a surgeon, & his wife, a nurse practioner, who are going to be serving at Hospital of Hope in Mango, Togo- West Africa. It’s a new hospital that opened in March 2015 & they need nurses! This was not anywhere in my plans but I agreed to pray about it. God has still been stirring in my heart to continue on in mission work “somewhere”- So after many emails ,prayers & counsel  I’m going to be serving in the hospital as a nurse working in the medical – surgical ward . or wherever there is a need. I’m really ready to get back into nursing!! I miss it. 

   The hospital is in the north of the country – where 80 % of the population are Muslim . The primary goal of the hospital is to share Jesus with the people, & what better way than to help meet some of their medical needs. People there have many tumors, orthopedic needs, malaria & tropical diseases. They receive patients from 4 nearby countries, up to  200-300 per day come to the outpatient clinic, Only 100 can be seen a day & the rest are rescheduled for a later date. 


There are 3 operating rooms, OB, & pediatrics along with ER & usual hospital stuff. This hospital has 40 beds & is growing & very busy.

  I will be leaving Nov 7 & have committed for a minimum of 6 months & then will see where & how God leads. I just haven’t done this “mission” stuff by myself!
 I’m really looking forward to going & have much peace about it.

 But I know I will face MANY challenges – the heat (80 – 120 & humid), the loneliness, the language (French national language), the “creepy-crawlies”, the finances -but I also know Jesus will equip & strengthen me for it all. I have that confidence!!

 His Grace is sufficient for me & for you too. 

I will share 1 story from the hospital:

  A 20's something Fulani guy came back this past week and wanted to thank our PA who works in clinic room 3 for her care for him. She had called our chaplain. H. to get his help with this guy because it seemed his problem was of a demonic nature. H. prayed and spent time with him. This guy had been to the biggest marabout (witch doctor) he knew and he couldn't heal him. He had also been to some hospitals in Burkina Faso and didn't find answers. He let it be known that he was healed by our God and that our God is a God of the impossible.

 Yes our God is a God of the impossible –

 So when you feel discouraged, disappointed, overwhelmed, or disgusted with the US, remember this!!

 Nothing is impossible with God.

 So As I… GO TO TOGO..

 I need your prayers- If you could please pray when you feel prompted by the Spirit- I KNOW I can’t make it without them!!

Thank each one of you for supporting, loving, encouraging & caring for me.

Joy & love.. embrace life,


We all are needed for the Kingdom work…

 What I can do, you cannot. What you can do I cannot. But together we can do something beautiful for God. 
                                                                       Mother Teresa