Today we had fun catching up with friends and the kids played games together and did some pumpkin carving. October 19, 2017

October 19, 2017a


In Togo vans and taxis with messages are everywhere, but it’s less common here in the Seattle area. I spotted this van on the way to have coffee with a pastor and it reminded me of Togo and made me chuckle. October 18, 2017


One of the joys of being in the States every fifth year is that there are lots of appointments to catch up on. Today it was a stop at the orthodontist where we were encouraged to begin a treatment plan that if started immediately, could be done by the time we hope to return to Togo in May of 2018. Since orthodontist care doesn’t exist in Togo and this could make future treatment unnecessary, it seems to make sense for us to start the treatment now.October 16, 2017


October 15, 2017

October 15, 2017a


Today Melissa and I were able to attend MissionFest Seattle. This is a great Seattle area expo and conference where we were able to attend challenging general sesssions as well as choose from a great lineup of workshops on topics that will help us as we face ministry in Togo and do life as a ministry team at the Hospital of Hope. A friend asked to watch the boys for the day and gave them a fun day seeing sites (and eating treats) around Seattle.October 14, 2017b

October 14, 2017a

October 14, 2017


Today was the end of a couple days at Salem, Oregon for a missions conference at Faith Baptist. We sure enjoyed being a part of this conference and sharing the work in Togo.October 8, 2017


October 4, 2017


I believe it’s been 5 years since we’ve seen Melissa’s grandma. Today we stopped for a couple of nights at Melissa’s uncles house near Sacramento and visited with the kid’s great grandmother, and Melissa’s uncle’s family. We also caught Melissa’s mom and aunt as they had popped down for a visit too.October 9, 2017

In this photo from right to left… Aden, Aaron, Uncle Bob (Melissa’s uncle), aunt Karen (Melissa’s aunt), Ezra, Grandma Lofgren (Melissa’s mom), Eli, Great Grandma Bartlett (Melissa’s grandma), and Melissa.


And we have an 11 year old! Where does the time go?October 2, 2017


Today we had the opportunity to share in Sunday School, provide a message for the morning service, and provide a challenge for the evening service. We are thankful for this church’s interest in missions and willingness to give us so many options to share.October 1, 2017


September 30, 2017


Today begins a weekend missions conference at a church in San Jose. They have kindly provided a space at the church to park the trailer and keys to the church so the boys can use the gym and spread out to do their school work. The conference will include a kick-off potluck tonight, a men’s breakfast and women’s luncheon tomorrow, and opportunities to speak to the church on Sunday. September 29, 2017


On our way to a supporting church in San Jose, California we dropped by the Jelly Belly factory tour. This was a suggestion from someone that claims it’s one of the best factory visits in the US. It included a self-guided tour above the factory, art made frrom Jelly Bellies and of course free samples (including some very strange flavors.)October 5, 2017

October 5, 2017a

October 5, 2017b


Hills and Valleys

Yesterday we drove through Death Valley (elevation 196 feet below sea level) and today we’re driving through Tioga Pass into Yosemite (elevation 9,945 feet above sea level). Isn’t this a reminder that our lives are made up of high points and low points and walking through these days with us, beside us, is our God. We were not meant to face this life alone.

On the mountains, I will bow my life
To the one who set me there
In the valley, I will lift my eyes to the one who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain aft, didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley end, no I am not alone!
You’re God of the hills and valleys!
Hills and Valleys!
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone!

Hills and Valleys – Tauren Wells

September 27, 2017

September 27, 2017a


September 26, 2017