To Togo I Went

 

Togo. West Africa. 2 weeks. There and back again. What a trip!

On July 21, I left for Togo, West Africa via AirFrance. Landing on July 22, I was exhausted but excited. I absolutely love Africa so I was very excited to be back on the continent. My first week was a survey trip, designed to allow me to meet missionaries, see ministries, and get a "lay of the land" so to speak. This week would be influential in helping me to formulate ideas for what is to come in my new ministry in Africa as a media specialist. 

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Built on Children

 

Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the world, ranking just above Haiti. This level of poverty has many adults in hopeless situations when it comes to employment. Jobs are seasonal and temporal and when work is unavailable, many of the men drink to pass the time and to cope. Women and children are regularly abused and this is seen as "normal". Homes are small and extended families often share small spaces. These living conditions create a gateway for sexual experimentation among family members. Absentee fathers are common as is the switching out of partners among mothers. Some children have men constantly coming in and out of the home. This leads the society to be incredibly matriarchal,  however, the women are still not valued or respected in many instances. 

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