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April 2009

Togo Time!
An insight into the ministry of LCMS Long-term missionary
Megan Birne y serving Christ in Togo, W est Africa

decided that in the August I will begin the Fam-

Lord, lead on! ily Life Ministry M.S. program at Concordia
University Nebraska. The program is very di-
verse and it will help me become a better
He is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia! April has teacher, counselor, and leader along with quali-
been another amazing month here in West Africa. fying me to be a LCMS church worker. The
The first week of April, I rounded out my experi- program is also based online for the majority of
ences of living in Africa by traveling over to Ghana the classes, giving me the freedom to live and
in a Togolese taxi, visiting Mole national park with work anywhere. While I still don’t know where
some MK teacher and Peace Corp friends (seeing the Lord will have my career end up, I know the
elephants, warthogs, & a baboon visiting our win- good work He is doing in me on the interna-
dow!), braving public transportation in Tamale, tional mission field is not quite through. I have
Bolgatanga, and Paga, & once again experiencing recently accepted a missionary position serving
the amazing ministry that the Baptist Medical Cen- in Hong Kong beginning this August. I have
ter provides in Nalerigu. Spending time in Ghana been considering this position for a few months
was incredible addition to the learning experiences and after our March term of FES I really felt it
I’ve had these past nine months. People groups was where my gifts and talents could best be
here are so close to one another geographically, used. I will be working with high schoolers and “Who is a God like you, who
but it is amazing to witness the cultural difference building relationships through English as a pardons sin and forgives the
between them. While I was in Ghana, a Crossfire Foreign Language classes and Bible studies. I transgression of the rem-
team (a ministry through Lutheran Youth Encoun- was made to love and be loved by Him! I’ll go nant of his inheritance? You
ter) stayed at the guesthouse and it was nice to where He sends me. This will be my last news- do not stay angry forever
spend some time with them and hear about the letter sent from Togo. I am scheduled to return but delight to show mercy.
time they have spent traveling through Cameroon, to Florida the third week of May. I ask for your You will again have com-
Benin, Togo, and Burkina Faso. Crossfire performs prayers for the next few weeks as I say good- passion on us; you will tread
skits and musical presentations (some even in bye to so many Togolese that I know and love,
our sin underfoot and hurl
different tribal languages) to all of the Francophone the Fluegges since they are now family to me,
and end my ministry here. Thank you for all of
all of our iniquities into the
West African countries, churches in the States, and
summer camp students. Please pray for their in- your love and support during my time here in depths of the sea.” Micah
credible ministry as they finish up their African tour! West Africa! Stay tuned for more on my new 7:18,19
The week I returned to Dapaong was Holy Week; ministry…
the CLET put on a Good Friday service here in
Dapaong and Easter Sunday brought about a joy-
ous worship service with seven baptisms! All of
those baptized I had seen at church on previous
Sundays, but the joy of welcoming them into God’s
family on the day of the Lord’s resurrection filled
our small cement building with jubilation! While
every Sunday brings lots of singing and dancing, on
Easter it extended even after church had ended. I
praise the Lord for His good work here in Togo and
His work extended through the CLET all over West
Africa. Glenn has accepted his call to teach at Lu-
theran Theological Seminary in Pretoria, South
Africa. The Fluegges will be returning to the States
at the end of June to raise funds for their new min-
istry and will re-enter the mission field in November.
They are very excited about this new ministry and
the close proximity of reliable health care and good
English-speaking schools! So, what’s next for
Megan? In January, I began the application proc-
ess for two graduate programs and have recently
After my adventuresome
April 2009 How many MK’s can fit on the Tractor?
excursion in Ghana, I
was unsure of how I
LCMS World Mission would be getting home.
However, April 5th was
Palm Sunday and Rev. Nathan Esala was
preaching at the Lu- theran Church of Nasuan
Learn more about the work of LCMS so it became a collabora-
tive effort to bring all the
World Mission in Africa by visiting: nearby families together to celebrate! Six families
in all! The Fluegges
came over from Togo
and it was a great day of
fellowship and fun!

Prayer Requests
• His will for my last month in Togo and my future ministry in Hong Kong.
• That the Lord will continue to be prevalent in the lives of the Fluegge
family (Glenn, Susan, Samuel, Abby, Caleb, Jesse & Eliana). That He
Contact Info would bless and keep them as they return to the States this summer and
as they begin their ministry in South Africa in the fall.
Megan Birney • For health! That the Lord would keep my mind and body free of sickness, fatigue, and anxiety during these last few weeks and upon returning
Check out my blog: • The students studying at the CLET & the pastoral students across West Africa on their vicarages; Pray that God will steady their hearts to pursue
their calls to leadership in serving the Lutheran church bodies across
Visit my project page: Francophone West Africa. • The CLET professors & leaders; Pray for affirmation in their calls to teach
& strength to lead the CLET; especially for the CLET director, Dr. Dongo.
Download my prayer card:
• For my fellow West Africa MK teachers; Angela Bell (IMB : The Hewitts : Nalerigu, Ghana), Christine Braun (SIM : The Ottossons : Fada n’
prayercards Gourma, Burkina Faso), Christina Riddle (LBT : The Esalas : Nasuan,
Ghana), Elsie McCall (IMB : The Lyons : Lao, Burkina Faso)
Access my photo albums:
• Prayers for the different ministries of FES families in Burkina Faso, Togo,
and Ghana; medical, Bible translation, literacy, & theological training.
megaroonski • For the Togolese government and nationals.
• LCMS long-term missionaries serving this year; for the strength to live
out Christ’s love on the mission field and discernment for His call to us.
• For more to heed the Lord’s call to serve and enter the mission field.
• For the hearts of West Africa.

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