Togo is a narrow country on the West African coast, squeezed in just between Ghana and Benin. The capital, Lomé, is especially important to the region as it hosts the only deep-water port of West Africa. An unceasing stream of lorries transport goods to landlocked countries such as Burkina Faso and Niger.
Togo has a population of over 8 million, of whom over 70% are under the age of 30. These 8 million Togolese are from 42 different ethnic backgrounds and speak as many languages. French is its official administrative language.
It is undeniable that the Togolese are very religious. References to God, his grace and Bible verses are found everywhere and towns are full of churches and mosques. The vast majority of Togolese are persuaded of the existence of God.
- for the clear gospel to be preached in order that the lives of many Togolese will be rooted in the Saviour and be radically changed by the Spirit to live to the glory of God
- that many pastors will discover biblical theology through good books and that access to faithful theological training will improve
- that healthy gospel churches will emerge that will function as beacons of light, love and truth
- that this general but foggy ‘religiousness’ will gradually be replaced by a true and vibrant knowledge of the living God!
Alex and Wijneke Kanri serve in church ministry, leadership teaching and children’s work in Togo.