My name is Bruno Godson Koumedjra, I am from Togo, a French speaking country. I am 34. I graduated from Vogan High school in 2001 and will be having my Bachelor degree in English from University of Lome next year. I speak 3 languages. My wife is called Amy. She is a US citizen and has been in Africa doing mission work for a total of 12 years now. We were married in 2006 in Ghana, where Amy started on as a volunteer helping in a Christian school with missionary friends of ours.
We moved to Togo, my home country, in 2007 to be close to my relatives and friends with whom I grew up with and minister to them. I grew up in an environment of strong idol worshiping and voodoo. My grandfather was well known in the entire country for being a witch and a witchdoctor, spent time with the Formal President of the country back in1990’s as his personal marabou (idol priest).
Our friend, Samuel Peterson, describes Togo like this, “Spiritually, Togo is one of the darkest places on the planet. Togo and neighboring Benin are recognized as the home of voodoo. This is a place where villagers from the Watchi tribe (I am part of this tribe) and other tribes still build altars and idols at the entrances to their villages and in their homes to honor the spirits who are supposed to protect them from evil. This animistic environment has resulted in a situation that is especially difficult for missionary work.”
In 2008, my wife and I started Shining In Togo Mission, a ministry which sole purpose is to seek and save the lost wherever they may be, to make disciples as commanded in the great commission by King Jesus.
In 2009 we started the Vogan Christian Academy with 15 students, this year we have 120 students. We believe that it is time that Africans started doing some substantial evangelism by sharing the gospel with their fellow Africans. We are hoping to achieve this through our school by giving classical Christ-centered education to children in Togo.
In late 2009, we made a significant, life-changing commitment by taking a 13-month old, abandoned child named Aaron into our home to raise him as our own. Medically speaking, Aaron would have died within days had we not taken this child into our home. His situation was that grave. He was severely malnourished, had malaria, typhoid, and worms as a result of being neglected by his biological family.
Now, however, he is a thriving, healthy child with a smile on his face. This is a beautiful example of how the Lord is working in a place like Togo. Like the promises found in the Abrahamic covenant, God has blessed us to be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:1-3). We are giving “cups of cold water” to the world’s most poverty stricken people and we doing this in the name of Jesus.