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26 Over for Dinner in Mango

This is fresh from ABWE Missionaries in Mango Togo where they invest with a lead team  so that Christ would be known and quality health care given in that part of Africa.  Here are the highlights:

  • Bandits make for unique travel plans.
  • The discovery of a loading dock in Mango aids hospital construction.
  • Tim & Esther have 26 over for dinner and a movie.

September 5, 2009

It’s Saturday evening and since we will be traveling to Tsiko tomorrow, and there won’t be time to write, this is coming to you a day early.  We were just informed that there is a gang of bandits a few miles south of Mango that stopped a number of vehicles and robbed passengers in broad daylight on Thursday.  Of course, the Fulani are blamed, but that is a rather automatic assumption up here.  There is some prejudice against that particular people group.  That’s just one more thing to take into consideration.  We often carry a considerable amount of money for shopping purposes when we go as far as Lome, but I think I may leave extra cash here at home and take the time to go to the bank in Lome once we get there.  Banking in Lome can be a royal pain, but better safe than sorry.  I just backed up the contents of this computer, since I have to carry it with me.  Losing the computer is one thing, but it’s worse to lose the information it contains.  And I’m thinking to myself, “This is all we needed!” We do plan to caravan with the other members of our party here, as there is at least a presumption of safety in numbers.

We seem to stay busy with rather mundane tasks, but they have to be done, and will be part of the package that produces fruit down the road.

I have to keep reminding myself of that.  I sometimes think of Dal Washer, great missionary colleague who opened the work here in Togo for ABWE.  He once lamented to me during the building of the hospital in Tsiko that he was so busy driving truck to haul sand and gravel, it kept him from doing the evangelism he wanted very much to do. At the time I was young and didn’t understand, but I do now. Dal was an evangelist, but the hospital he helped build has introduced thousands of people to the Savior.  His labor was not in vain in the Lord (I Cor. 15:58).

This week we discovered a loading dock in town that will save us all kinds of time and money prior to the start of building on the hospital site.  I was told there wasn’t one in Mango, but it never hurts to look around.  Then I finally got the information concerning the cost of hooking up city water to the hospital site.  That took six trips over several weeks, but they finally came through.  Today we spent several hours with carpenters and masons discussing cost, and how to put a roof on and fix the septic system of a house that will be rented by one of our co-workers moving to Mango next year.   And so it goes.

Esther continues Bible studies with two women, along with her ministry of hospitality.  On Thursday evening we had 26 people over for dinner, not counting Esther and me.  (I’ll send pictures) African sauce and rice make that affordable and possible.  This time it was Nogbedji’s family, his two Muslim helpers, and all the apprentices.  The house was full, 26 over for dinnerand after dinner, we watched Magdalena, which is the story of Jesus as seen from the eyes of a woman.  Our Muslim apprentices wept openly when they saw how our Lord was beaten and crucified.  We don’t push people here, but we do our best to introduce them to Jesus, and to show them what He did for us.  It was gratifying to hear yesterday from a Christian brother that one of our guards told him we must be real Christians, since they have never before been treated this kindly by anyone.  In case you didn’t know it, I’m married to the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31.

This week Nogbedji opened the second phase of his apprenticeship program, with a beauty salon.  Yes, you read that right!  African women love to visit the hairdresser as much as American women.  I’ll send a picture.

Yours in His service,

Tim & Esther Neufeld

  1. Andrew Ford
    September 9, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    26 over for dinner is hard here in Grand Ledge, MI, USA can you imagine doing this in Africa? Esther is truly an amazing woman – I know how hard she works – I’ve had lunch in her Mango home.

  2. dahiru s jarida
    February 18, 2010 at 1:00 pm


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