Water will be the tool to help plant churches in Togo

By March 18, 2004

Togo (MNN) — 90-percent of the rural population of Togo is without access to clean safe drinking water. 60-percent of the people in the capitol don’t have access to clean drinking water. Because water is such a great need in Togo, water is being coupled with an evangelism project.

Living Water International’s Jerry Wiles just returned from Togo, West Africa where he participated in a pastor’s conference organized by Every Home for Christ. 12 different denominations are working together for Vision 2010. Wiles says, “It’s a strategy to take the Gospel to every home and plant a church in every village where there’s not already one in the whole country of Togo by the year 2010.” He says there’s more, “What they want to do is add a clean water component to that to provide clean water along with the Gospel.”

Togo has a population of more than six million people. Many of whom still practice Voodoo and animistic rituals. “There’s a lot of spiritual warfare in all of Africa, just like all over the world. It’s just manifested in different ways,” says Wiles. He says, “But, what is encouraging is the spiritual depth and commitment of these pastors and national leaders to take the Gospel to every home and planting churches in every village.”

Wiles says they need three things to help in this effort. “We need lots of prayer. We invite those who would like to be involved hands on with mission trips in other ways to volunteer as well as the financial resources,” says Wiles. He says, “We do what we can based on the resources we have. And, we have of course have many more requests than we’re able to meet.”

Wiles says on average it costs just one-dollar will provide water for one person for one year. Pray that many will catch the vision to help in this financial need.

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