IFES

Students Reaching Students with the Gospel

Togo

In this often missiologically neglected region, God is at work. However, Francophone Africa is challenged by instability, conflict, corruption, poverty and suffering. Longing to see the church grow in depth and maturity and have a transforming influence on the region, we thank God for students and graduates of the indigenous national movements who are living for Christ in this challenging context.

Togo is a small tropical, sub-Saharan country. There is currently a fragile economic and political stability. Around 50% of the population hold indigenous beliefs. Christians are often lacking in knowledge of God’s word and in need of discipleship.

GBUST thanks God for many blessings in recent years: the creation of a national headquarters, the launch of a project to construct a school and the founding of a biblical training centre.

The greatest strength of GBUST is its members, principally the students who are very proud to be involved and appreciate the vision of the movement. However students struggle with poverty and are also adapting with difficulty to a new education system.

View from the inside

Jacques Toko is the General Secretary of GBUST. He says, ‘The vision of GBUST is noble and strategic. You can’t change the world any other way. When there is a sense of doing something useful, there is a desire to continue despite adverse winds and tides.’

Jacques is inspired by two verses in particular regarding the vision for GBU given by God, and their need to stay close to his will: ‘See that you make [the tabernacle and furnishings] according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.’ (Exodus 25:40). And regarding his own role, Jeremiah 1:7 speaks to him: ‘But the LORD said to me, "Do not say, 'I am only a child.' You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.’

Please pray:

  • that students are not overcome by discouragement or the attractiveness of the world;
  • for students to grow in their understanding of God’s word and their ability to live out what it means to be a Christian in the university and society.