At ANM, we are so grateful that churches in the United States are not allowing the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting lockdown to keep them from helping our ministry partners overseas.
During a 2019 short-term mission trip to Togo, West Africa, Dr. Wayne Frye, Pastor of Faith Christian Center International in Charlottesville, Virginia, visited ANM ministry partner Kodjo Bossou. Pastor Kodjo leads African Kids Evangelism Ministry, which oversees a school with over 1,000 students. Observing the school and staff’s excellence, Dr. Frye committed his church in the U.S. to pray for the school and provide financial support.
When Faith Christian Center became aware of the enormous need to help pay staff salaries during the pandemic, they acted quickly. The Togolese government closed schools across the country in response to COVID-19, and with schools closed, parents stopped paying tuition. Kodjo explained the difficult situation in a letter to the school staff and informed them that he could pay only half of their monthly salaries until the school reopened.
Dr. Frye and his church, however, decided to help Kodjo keep his staff at full salary. The Virginia pastor quickly gathered the funds needed to ensure Kodjo’s commitment to his staff and requested that ANM send the funds immediately, as the need was great. We were only too happy to do so.
Kodjo sent word to Dr. Frye that the gift was a timely blessing. “We are seeing the hand of the Lord, leading us through this,” Kodjo wrote. “We pray that the Lord Almighty bless you and reward you for everything you do for Him through us.” He asked Dr. Frye and his church to continue to pray for the ministry.
This story is yet another example of how churches are helping ANM partners worldwide to continue faithfully in ministry during the pandemic.
See how your church can get involved at advancingnativemissions.com/church.