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Merry Christmas from the Ward Family

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Merry Christmas, dear friends!

Having spent the past 3 Christmases in Togo, we’re pleased to have already had one
snowy day in Tennessee. The kids were thrilled, of course, but Andrew was just glad that it wasn’t enough to make him get out and shovel us out like he was used to doing while we were in French school in Canada!

Since arriving in the States in October we’ve had a chance to settle into a mission house our sending church provided us. We’re so thankful for the warm welcome they’ve shown us.

Despite the look on the boys’ faces, they haven’t actually been strapped in the car for very many road trips. We participated in our sending church’s missions conference a few days after arriving. Just a walk across the parking lot. We’ve visited some family in Greenville, SC and a partner church about 2 hours away. We do have many long road trips kicking off at the end of January, though.

One of our goals while we’re Stateside is to meet our financial support requirements. We’re cur…

Sponsor a Student

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We partner with 15 schools across Togo so that children will be able to hear the gospel in their classes.  These joy filled, adorable kids are just a few of the over 3,000 students who attend the Bible Baptist schools each year.



Unfortunately, the school fees (although minimal) exclude the poorest families from sending their children to our schools, but the desire is there because they know their children would receive a good education in a good environment.


Many other families enroll their kids, but struggle to make the payments, but the schools do not have the heart to turn these children away.  For several of the schools, this results in the inability to regularly pay teacher salaries.  We've brainstormed about how to help these teachers, but we do not want to create dependency by paying salaries.  They are employed by their schools which are run by the churches who have a responsibility to support their teachers.


So, as a way to allow more needy families to send their childr…

New High School at La Lumière

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Six months after we moved to Togo, La Lumière middle school moved into their newly constructed building.




The middle school teachers have shown spiritual growth over the past few years and are discipling their students.  Here's a link to a video of one of our middle school teachers sharing his testimony.
Now they’re ready to expand into their new high school building as well!  We are so thankful for the three CWE teams who came out over the last month to build the high school.

Please pray for the school board as they work to hire godly teachers and set school policy.   The 2017-'18 school year is scheduled to begin at the end of September, but because of strikes the 2016-'17 school year has been extended through July.  Please pray for the short summer we have been given, that it will be productive with the teacher seminars we have planned and that they can have a good start to their next school year. Especially for the high school as they start for the first time!
And just f…

Spring Travels

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Thank you so much for praying for our family during our short visit to the States.We spent some time with relatives on my side of the family as we attended the memorial service for my grandfather.Cyrus had an ongoing dental problem that we finally got taken care of as well.Finally, we were able to be there for my parents as my mom underwent surgery to remove a benign tumor from her neck.Please pray for her complete recovery (Ruth Schaefer). It’s good to be back home in Togo.  The Christian School students returned to class on Tuesday after an Easter break.  We were surprised to find 2 wells being dug at La Lumière by a German group!  It's a huge praise, because this has been something that we've been planning to put money and effort towards that God has taken care of another way.  Over the next 2 months we’ll focus our time on visiting schools.  Andrew will conduct teacher interviews for his Ed.D dissertation.  Please pray for our safety as we travel and for wisdom on how we can…

Bible Curriculum

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The purpose of the Christian school is to glorify God by sharing the good news and making disciples of Jesus Christ.  One of the ways we accomplish this is by teaching the Bible in the classes.  Here is one of the teachers of a "La Vrai Lumière," a school that started this year. He was so excited to share the lesson of the 10 plagues that he even brought a grasshopper to show the class!

With more schools starting every year, we want to keep providing this curriculum.  Will you help us?
We’ve been offered FREE space on a container coming out in a few weeks and would love to be able to provide the following Bible flashcards to the schools.  So we're giving YOU the opportunity to get involved in the teaching of the Bible to the Christian school students!Click on the links to view items on the A Beka website!


1st Grade-  CreationNeeded:  NONE JosephNeeded: NONE
2nd Grade -
Moses Series TwoNeeded: NONE
MosesSeries ThreeNeeded: NONE

4th Grade-  EstherNeeded: NONE

5th Grade-  The First Ch…

3 months out

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It's been 3 months since Alethia's birth.  Since then, I've mostly been a homebody, trying to get a handle on my new normal, but we did get the chance to visit the Kpalime schools to introduce her to the teachers.  Togolese baby girls have their ears pierced shortly after their birth, but Alethia's ears are untouched, so everyone thinks she's a boy.  I put her in purple and pink, but added a bow to help them figure it out since Togolese don't assign gender to color.
Aside from the earrings and all colors being neutral, I've noticed some other differences of mothering an infant between Togolese and American cultures.  Togolese wear their babies on their backs, while Americans usually just carry them in their arms or wear them in a wrap on their front.  Backwards.  My house-helper calls me special.  :-)  Then there are the diapers. Togolese babies don’t always wear them.Many babies here rarely wear them, actually. Not my cup of tea.

So life goes on, and mostly …

Adeta Christian High School for 2017

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We have a tremendous opportunity to start a Christian high school in Adeta, Togo, but we need your help.

The Christian school in Adeta has been growing quickly because the community has seen the the high quality of education at our Elementary and Middle school. We’ve also seen an amazing spiritual impact among the teachers, students, and families of students through the teaching of the word of God and the making disciples.

It’s been amazing how God has brought many people together to accomplish the establishment of the high school. The local Togolese pastors and parents have been disiring to start a school for a while, but just recently a church in Virginia has commited to paying the operating costs for the first 3 years for the school to get started, and another ministry (CWE) has decided to build the new school building and pay for 3/4ths of the costs. That means only $10,000 remains needed to start the new Christian high school.

Please pray and consider contributing to this new p…