Wednesday, May 6
Older Adult Week
For the past few years, the annual synod of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo has chosen a theme based on the concept of human dignity. The 2013 theme was “God of life, lead us to justice, peace, and dignity,” which intentionally aligned the church with goals set by the All Africa Conference of Churches: to have churches actively working to build justice, peace, and human dignity across the African continent.
The church in Togo sees bolstering human dignity and economic well-being as central to its mission. The development branch of the church, the Protestant Center for Sustainable Development, works in a number of areas, including adult literacy and alternative education, water purification, and agricultural extension programs—areas of great need in a country where a majority of people are rural farmers.
Near the city of Atakpame, in central Togo, the church has been working with literacy programs for farming women. Many of these women were not able to go to school, because they began farming at a young age to support their extended families. Learning to read and write gives them greater access to produce markets and banking services. It also helps them to create more formal businesses, which often improves the economic situation of their entire family.
—Rev. Josh Heikkila, PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo: Rev. Paul Sename Avinou, moderator, Rev. Kossi Bebefe, clerk, Mrs. Adzowavi Dzigbodi Amuzu-Nomenyo, presbyter executive
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of life, we pray for our brothers and sisters in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Togo as you lead them in paths of justice, peace, and dignity. Anoint them with your Spirit as they work for your sons and daughters in Togo. Amen.