Letter from Mike: Togo – January 2019

The last words spoken in the hearing of the disciples are as full of meaning to us as they were to them. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19, 20, NKJV. “The gospel commission is the great missionary charter of Christ’s kingdom. The disciples were to work earnestly for souls, giving to all the invitation of mercy. They were not to wait for the people to come to them; they were to go to the people with their message.

“The disciples were to carry their work forward in Christ’s name. Their every word and act was to fasten attention on His name, as possessing that vital power by which sinners may be saved. Their faith was to center in Him who is the source of mercy and power. In His name they were to present their petitions to the Father, and they would receive answer. They were to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Christ’s name was to be their watchword, their badge of distinction, their bond of union, the authority for their course of action, and the source of their success. Nothing was to be recognized in His kingdom that did not bear His name and superscription.” Acts of the Apostles, 28.

Jesus said to “go” and make disciples. In some cases, Christ has already made disciples of those seeking the truth, and we simply need to seek them out and encourage them into a deep relationship with the Lord. Recently, Pastor Agamah started visiting seven groups that have formed in the country of Togo, West Africa. These new groups have sprung up because seekers of truth have personally studied the Bible and been convicted on the Biblical teaching of the Sabbath. Without even realizing that there is a worldwide church composed of Sabbath keepers, these believers have been gathering in small shelters on the seventh day to worship God and study the Bible, hoping to find additional light. Many of their doctrines are in line with what we hold as Seventh-day Adventists, and Pastor Agamah has been teaching them about those doctrines which have been obscure and difficult for them to understand. Now that he has spent time reviewing the Three Angels’ Messages with them, a number of individuals among these groups are ready for baptism. It is amazing how God raises up believers where we least expect them!

God is truly working in a marvelous way in Togo. Pastor Agamah is planning to help relocate a trained Bible worker to continue visiting and studying the Bible with these new groups. In addition, Pastor Agamah would like to help them build simple church structures to worship in on God’s holy Sabbath. Please pray for these new groups of believers as they continue to study God’s Word.

May God help us to seek those who are searching!