Story by Delanyo Tenge, Compassion Togo program communications manager, and Barb Liggett, Global Strategy Office intern

September 17, 2008 was the day the staff of Compassion Togo (CIT) had prepared fervently for, and the excitement had reached its peak. As Compassion’s newest country, the staff began registering children in Compassion Togo’s first child development center.

At MESA (Ministères Evangeliques pour le Salut des Armes), the partner church for Togo’s first Compassion children, Pastor Happy and his entire congregation are enthusiastically helping CIT become deeply rooted in Togo.

“We want to equip the local churches so they can minister to their community holistically and win them to Christ. We want to help the church turn their community into a place of hope for the future,” says CIT Country Director Mawuna Lawson.

The first child registered in Togo was David. The second was his sister, Gracia. When asked what he hopes to be when he grows up, the quiet David whispers “a carpenter.”

Even though it was the first registration, errors and omissions were few. CIT has set a goal to register more than 2,000 children the first year. There are currently 10 partner churches and six staff members in the county. Compassion Togo faces a steep road, but the hard work already done and the passion displayed in the ministry make it clear that much should be expected from the new Compassion country.

Another pastor shares his joy,

“We have been asking God how better we can help our children grow up and become good Christians and responsible adults, occupying good positions in our country; it has always been a burden on our heart. So when CIT came, we knew they were God sent, we didn’t need to ask how, when or why they came, all we needed to do was to thank God and to embrace the task he had laid ahead for us to do together with CIT.”


Photo by Delanyo Tenge

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  1. Nov 21, 2008
    at 5:25 am

    Great news! And what a cute young man :-)

  2. Nov 21, 2008
    at 6:15 am

    God is faithful! I’m excited to see how God continues to work!

  3. Nov 21, 2008
    at 6:35 am

    That’s a great picture of the kids. Could they be David and Gracia?

  4. Nov 21, 2008
    at 11:11 am

    God bless you for all you do. Help support our ministry

  5. Nov 21, 2008
    at 12:42 pm

    That is so exciting. I’ve actually seen the Togo children ready to be sponsored on the Compassion website!


  6. Nov 22, 2008
    at 5:59 pm

    How exciting! I’m eager to begin getting some packets for Togo.

  7. […] today?  Perhaps you’d like to search for a child from our newest country partnership:  Togo!  Imagine all the children just waiting to find out who their sponsor will be!  Click the photo […]

  8. Dec 2, 2008
    at 11:26 am


    It took me a while to confirm that the children in the photo are not David and Gracia.

  9. Mike Stephens
    Mar 30, 2009
    at 11:03 am

    That is great to see Compassion moving forward adding another country!!!

  10. Rita Wilson
    Aug 11, 2009
    at 9:07 pm

    When is going to be a Trip to Togo?

  11. Aug 12, 2009
    at 11:19 am

    @Rita Wilson – The tours and visits team told me that the first trip to Togo will be January 2011. It will be a combined trip with Burkina Faso.

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