Welcome to the West African nation of Togo, a nation with the distinction of being a French-speaking country that was once a German colony. The people of Togo have benefited from a "Green Revolution" launched in 1977, which has made the country nearly self-sufficient in basic foods except in times of drought.
Ministry VisionSIM sees a dynamic interdependent partnership with the Eglise Evangélique Indépendente du Togo (EEIT) as it responds to the spiritual challenges in modern Togo and beyond.
Current SIM MinistrySIM's work began among the Kotokoli people several years ago, starting with Kotokoli radio outreach, for which SIM continues to take responsibility. Cell groups for believers are in the early stages of development. Missionaries also use chronological Bible teaching, a Reading Room, audiocassettes, correspondence courses, literacy primers, and friendship evangelism as means of outreach.
SIM missionaries enjoy an excellent partnership relationship with missionaries from other agencies with common goals. SIM Togo missionaries also work with the EEIT, which was established among the Lokpa people by relatives of the SIM-related church in neighboring Benin (UEEB).
SIM's Partner ChurchIn 1995 seven Lokpa churches founded the EEIT, which represents SIM work in Togo. As of January 2003, the EEIT had nine organized churches and six developing ones
These small village churches seek to provide further training for their pastors and leaders, while continuing with their own vision of planting more churches among the Lokpa people and other unreached groups in Togo. The EEIT has has sent one pastor as a cross-cultural missionary to a neighboring group. In addition, two Nigerian missionary couples with the Evangelical Missionary Society (EMS), the missionary arm of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) in Nigeria, work with SIM missionaries in Togo. One works among the animistic Ife people; the second is beginning work in the capital city of Lome.
Unreached People GroupsTogo and Benin have the highest percentage of unevangelized traditionalists in Africa. Only 15 of Togo's people groups have evangelical congregations within their cultures. Twenty-five unreached people groups exist in Togo with no known congregations, comprising 21% of the country's population.
History of ChristianityAs a result of the Catholic anti-slavery movement in the 1830s, a German Catholic mission station was established in Togo. It remained in place after the French takeover.
Between 1960 and 1985 the Church in Togo—consisting primarily of Eglise Evangélique and Methodists—experienced little growth. Newer evangelical groups such as Assemblies of God, Southern Baptist Convention, Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, and Missouri Synod Lutherans have begun to grow. Since the government's anti-Christian stance of the 1970s has moderated, churches and missions enjoy more freedom than previously.
Presently about 170 Protestant mission centers affiliated with European and American societies have entered Togo, with 230 personnel, The largest evangelical missions are Wycliffe Bible Translators, Association of Baptists for World Evangelism, Assemblies of God, Ministry of Jesus, and Youth With A Mission.