After some food and a night's rest in Ghana, We get back on the road (airplane), heading for Liberia and a road trek out to Ganta City. I have had some time to de-stress from yesterday.
I wanted to give a bit more information about our time in Togo. The school was set up by Baptist missionaries in the very early 70's. They continued the theological education until the late 90's when they gave the school to the Baptist denomination in Togo. Since that time the school has maintained the program, but has struggled. The present director, Sylvain Allaboe, was trained at the school and has his masters. Currently they have three types of programs: the baccalauret (for those getting full theological credit), the licence (for those who do not have the preliminary education for the "Bac."), and night courses, which are open to everyone. There are about 45 students altogether. The pool of teachers is quite small and thus, they need qualified teachers to teach to so as help them complete their program. Here is a great opportunity for TLI.
They have amazing facilities with classrooms with 50 desks and total seating capacity of 90+. There are rooms for student housing, though some live in town and stay at home. Student nationalities cover a wide range: Mali, Cameroon, Benin, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso, DR Congo, and others, about 10 nationalities represented.
The director, Sylvain, has a passion for the theological education of pastors. As in other parts of Africa, there are many false and strange teachings, and pastors lack the ability to respond to many of them. Pastor Sylvain wants to see the church grow strong, and that means having strong shepherds.
So in spite of the humidity and heat (small things in comparison), there beats a heart for God's Word. We all know the importance of having gifted and qualified shepherds. Being here gives me a greater vision of what God is doing and greater passion to pray for the church here in Africa.
Off to Liberia. Thanks for your prayers and encouragements.
Howard and Debi.