Only God

God has done what seemed, no, what TRULY WAS impossible: the graduation of 31 nursing students from our two schools of nursing!

We have two ABWE hospitals in Togo:  One in southern Togo, Hôpital Baptiste Biblique in Tsiko, where we have been educating Togolese nurses since 1997; and the Hospital of Hope in Mango (northern Togo).  A few years ago administrators of both hospitals reported the need for another nursing class in order to adequately staff the hospitals.

I had taught in our nursing program in the south since 1997, directing the program since 2002 – but directing and teaching in two nursing schools, approximately 7 1/2 hours apart, never even entered the realm of possibility in my thinking!  I had never considered having a nursing class in Mango! God had provided finances for the south – but this all started to come together at the end of my furlough –  and there was no money at all for the program in the north.

Only God could provide what was needed! We had materials, a building, potential faculty, most of the finances for the south – pretty much everything that was needed for the next nursing program (our fifth nursing class for HBB). But we had nothing at all for the north!  I made a list of what we did not have in the north: no building, no books/resources, no teachers, no assistant director to oversee the school in the north whenever I would be in the south; no money for. . . anything!

And God provided every single thing!

**Only God could have orchestrated the schedule so that we started classes in the south (May 30, 2016) and then, one week later, started classes in the north (June 6, 2016) – a staggered schedule that worked with the curriculum and allowed me to be at each site for every trimester final exam and evaluation.

**Only God could have provided each of the teachers needed – some who serve full-time in Togo, several visiting instructors who had taught with us in past years, and some nurse educators who had never been to Togo before!

**Only God could provide safe transportation between these two hospitals for the past three years: Over 30 round trips between Tsiko and Mango – over 13,640 miles which might not sound like much to our American minds – but in Togo, over some rough roads, weaving through herds of cattle, goats, sheep, ducks, people, motercycles!!!

**Only God could have provided a brand new beautiful car half way through the program: putting it on the hearts of a surgeon and his wife to give all the funds for the purchase of an incredible vehicle!

**Only God could have allowed us to graduate 16 new nurses in the south (June 8) and 15 new nurses in the north (June 15):  two incredible graduations during which God was honored (our #1 goal!); during which we had the opportunity to thank families, friends, teachers, colleagues.

**Only God knows how many times during the past three years I said to Him, “I cannot do this”!!!  And how many times He so patiently said to my heart, “No, Sharon, you cannot. But I can. And that is the idea!”  And truly, that is what God wanted – my total dependence on Him!

I shared these verses with our graduates at both sites shortly before their graduation ceremonies: Psalm 126:3 – our incredible joy as we recognize the amazing things God has done! And Isaiah 26:12 – everything we have accomplished is not because of us, but He is the One Who has accomplished all things!

-Shared by Sharon Rahilly

Memorial Service

Greetings from Togo – and thank you so very much for your continued prayers for all of us (missionary and Togolese) who are serving our God in this part of the world.  There are times when the fatigue (not just physical but emotional) is huge.

And then I am reminded that God renews my strength, that He toddallows me to “mount up with wings as an eagle, to run and not be weary, and to walk and not faint” (from Isaiah 40:31). And I am reminded that you are standing with me in prayer – and I cannot thank you enough!

The last time I wrote was just after Todd DeKryger, our missionary surgeon in Mango (our northern hospital), went to heaven.   This past week Todd was buried at the Hospital of Hope in Mango. A small service was attended by missionaries, hospital employees, and Muslim friends of the DeKrygers. Friday evening Jennifer, the boys, and a wonderful group of missionaries from the north arrived here at our southern hospital for a memorial service for Todd that was held Saturday morning.  I just returned from that service; what a very special time of honoring God and sharing together our love for Todd and explaining to those who do not know Jesus Christ the joy and peace and assurance of eternal life that is possible because of Him!  Jennifer speaking.jpgDuring the service, our nursing supervisor, Mensah, told about the last time he and Todd were together.  At that time, Todd said the following:  “Mensah, we are in a battle.  Some of us may die.  It might be me; it might be my wife; it might be one of my boys.  But we continue on in faith.”  Continue reading Memorial Service

Todd Dekryger 

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” These are words that Todd Dekryger heard yesterday when he met Jesus face to face.

Todd was working with his family as ABWE missionaries in North Togo. His heart for the Togolese and godly character were contagious. Many on the Togo South Team worked closely with him over his years of ministry at the southern hospital. Since last year he’s been the chief of staff at the Hospital of Hope in Mango.

Todd will be missed greatly by our team and we pray especially for his wife and 4 sons as they grieve his loss.

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Here is an account of Todd’s last few days on this earth.

Evan & Breanna's Global Missions

We write to you in overwhelming grief and shock. The last two weeks have been a blur and filled with endless prayers seeking peace and healing for Todd DeKryger. The following paragraphs are a collection of tributes and information on the Dekryger family that we have recopied from various emails, Facebook posts and other blogs. Our desire is to give our readers a broad picture of the work of this family here as well as the impact they have made on the place in which we are now serving.
Todd and his family (wife Jennifer and four boys: William, Grant, Luke, and Drew) are missionaries in Mango, Togo. The family first served in the southern hospital, Hôpital Baptiste Biblique, since 2005. When the DeKryger family moved to Mango in 2013, he poured his energy into the construction of the hospital, so that his fingerprints are literally found in every corner…

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