Sharing God’s Care: Mercy Ships Features on 60 Minutes

During my first trip to Benin in 2009, I had the opportunity to tour the Africa Mercy  while it was docked in Cotonou, Benin.  The Africa Mercy is a fully functioning mobile hospital on a ship. Mercy Ships is a health care ministry that was born out of the ministry of YWAM.  A team of doctors and other medical professionals provide medical care to people who may not otherwise have access to care. There’s also a team of support staff and the ship crew.

I was delighted to see that the American news show, 60 minutes, featured this very ship as well as the ministry of Mercy Ships on a recent program.  Watch this video to learn more.  It is a unique medical missions organization that God has used to bring His hope and healing to hurting people around the world.

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Merry Christmas!

Christians all over Africa join the world in celebrating the birth of Jesus.

Waci (WAH-chee) Christians in Togo and Benin will also celebrate.

Here are the lyrics from one of their Christmas songs written and performed in the Gazo music style:

Nyagblýdilawo gblýÿ dadi lo xo xo
ögbe dovi nye Jesu
Si ÷gbe Mawu do na dzidzi
Nyagblýdilawo gblýÿ di
Evame le Bethlexem
Nyagblýdilawo gblýÿ dadi lo xo xo

The prophets foretold it long ago
The promised child is Jesus
God promised that he would be born.
The prophets foretold it.
The prophecy has come to Bethlehem.
The prophets foretold it long ago.

The nearly 500,000 people who speak Waci still lack Scripture in their own language. Some can access scriptures in two languages of wider-communication in the area – Éwé and French. Pray for God to open the way for scriptures to be translated into Waci.

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"I know how [the gospel] transforms."

Dr. Napo Jeremie Poidi grew up in a non-Christian family in a small town in Togo. He had his first encounter with the gospel when the Gideons gave him a Bible. “When I left [my home] to continue school, then I really began to go to church, and I gave my life to Christ. “

In university, he joined a fellowship of Christian students. One evening a Wycliffe missionary came and spoke to the group. “He talked about Bible translation and why it was so important.”

Napo said that he asked God how his people could have the gospel in their language–Basar. 157,000 people in Togo and Ghana speak Basar. “It was at that very meeting that the Lord spoke to me and said that this is what the He wanted me to be involved in.”

At first Napo’s family did not want him to be involved in Bible translation. They thought he should get another kind of job. However, during Napo’s time in his home town, his whole family came into relationship with Jesus Christ. “My family has now been a spiritual support to me.”

In 1990, the New Testament in Basar was complete. Napo started to share the vision of Bible translation all around Togo.

That led to the birth of Wycliffe Togo in 2000. Napo serves as the Executive Director.

Today, Wycliffe Togo continues to cast vision for Bible translation, encourages mother tongue literacy, encourages people to use the mother tongue scripture that is available, and is sending Togolese out to work in more Bible translation projects.

“To me, the word of God being translated is not just stories. I’ve been through it. I know how it transforms.”

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Evelyn

Evelyn lives in Lome, the capital city of Togo, but she grew up in a rural area. Her father owned a few houses in the town where she grew up, and at one point two foreign women moved into one of them. Evelyn was assigned to collect rent from them. The presence of the two women was welcomed by some in her town and a bit controversial for others. Evelyn said that she didn’t understand the conflicting points of view at first. Later she learned that the two women were linguists. They were learning the language of her home area, working with the community to create an alphabet and a system of writing. They were also beginning work on translating the Bible.

Today, she prays that others will have the word in their language like she does. She participates in Wycliffe Togo’s intercessory prayer group every Friday evening. They pray for the Bible translation projects in their country, Wycliffe Togo staff, and those who don’t yet have scripture available in their mother tongue.

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