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After experiencing a remarkable rebirth into the Christian faith, Pastor Joseph and his wife Francisca now have a vision to help build strong Christian families in Togo, West Africa. They are training families and Christian teens through regular gatherings, Bible studies, and national conferences.

Joseph's ministry is already involved with more than 150 local churches from the south to the north where they minister to parents and youths. But there is much more work to do. Togo has a population of 7 million people. Pray they can all be reached and discipled for Christ.

Meet the Pastor: Josheph Akakpo

Pastor Joseph Akakpo used to be the chief of his village in Togo, West Africa. But through the testimony and witness of foreign missionaries, Jesus saved Joseph in 1983. Joseph surrendered his life to Christ and for this decision, had to step down from being chief. He experienced much persecution, but despite the trials, Joseph trained to become a pastor. He's been pastoring a church in Togo for more than 15 years.

Today, Pastor Joseph's heart is to see young people throughout West Africa experience new life in Christ. He spends his time training families to follow the Lord with all their hearts. Read Pastor Joseph's full testimony.

Latest Updates from Training Families

The Saint Who Was a Chief

Another name is counted among the saints in Christ as a chief follows Jesus. Pray for Pastor Joseph as he disciples the chief in his faith.

Victory in persecution
Victory in Persecution

He's seen so much fruit from his efforts and has even seen a pastor experience victory in persecution from the village leaders.

Just Like Zacchaeus

Brother Elom hadn't made restitution with the people he offended. Now, just like Zacchaeus, Elom has made restitution.

Changed Plans and Changed Lives

Pastor Joseph's 2020 plans changed, but by the grace of God, he still made it to 13 churches in the mountains and valleys of Togo.

Testimonies from Togo
Personal Testimonies from the 2017 Spiritual Life Conference

To bring it closer to home, here are several personal testimonies from students and parents who were affected by the conference.

Share in joy
Share in the Joy over National Youth Conference 2017

Share in the joy with Pastor Joseph and the conference committee as the Lord has done great things at the National Youth Conference in Togo.

Hut Churches Growing in Number and Spirit

Yes, God is growing the tiny hut churches and calling more people to His Kingdom. So much so that some of these churches actually grow out of their huts!

young man pure
"How Can a Young Man Keep His Way Pure?"

Pastor Joseph, the leader of this project, has made it one of his chief ambitions to train up the youth in Togo and other West African countries.

day of prayer
July 8 Is Day of Prayer for National Youth Conference 2017

3,000 young adults will gather in Togo for a youth conference, "No Shortcut for True Joy." Pastor Joseph is organizing a day of prayer for this event.

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2,500 Glow Sticks in Togo

There are 2,500 glow sticks sitting in a cooler in Togo. Each one represents a West African soul who will, we pray, encounter Jesus at the youth conference.

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  • Pray for Pastor Joseph and his team as they take trips for seminars for youths and their parents too.
  • Pray that someone would provide the funds needed to pay for food for the seminary participants for the rest of the year
  • Pray for wisdom for the team as they continue to be flexible and adjust their normal ministry methods due to the pandemic.
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