The rainy season has begun in Togo, bringing much needed water for farmers and for generating electricity. The trees have been turning back to green, though in part this is because the rain washes the brown dust off the leaves. However here in Lomé, in some parts of the city the infrastructure has not coped with the heavy rain and again many streets and homes are flooded, mostly in the poorer areas where houses are built on land with no drainage.
|Srijana and her fellow graduating students|
Work wise, Michael has finished his formal work, ending with a workshop exploring chaplaincy and opportunities to develop this ministry. We currently have chaplaincy activity in hospitals, schools prisons and markets with a relatively new addition of industrial chaplaincy in the port of Lomé. The workshop focused mainly on the implications of a change of approach from being at home in the church to being in the community where we are a guest being welcomed by another. This change of context brings with it a change of status where chaplains, rather than being in charge as in the local church, need to become vulnerable seek permission to minister at both organisational and individual levels.
Srijana has graduated from secondary school with a weekend of ceremony and celebration where she gave the valedictory speech. She is pursuing her applications to study social work at university while awaiting her IB exam results.
|Six years in Togo all boxed up|
Our six years in Togo draws to an end this month. We are currently busy with packing, arranging shipping, closing bank accounts and countless other administrative tasks which are all proving to be more complicated than they need to be. On top of this are good byes to friends, colleagues, classmates and neighbours. We will be moving to Newcastle-upon-Tyne where Michael will return to circuit (local church) ministry in September.