Faith In The Face Of Fear

A mother’s recovery from a difficult labor gives a power testimony to a village in Togo.

From Message magazine issue "Missions on the Frontline"

Mensa was overjoyed when he learned his wife was pregnant with twins. But during delivery, his joy quickly turned into panic when his wife started bleeding to death and lost consciousness.

Mensa knew his wife needed medical attention that she couldn’t get in their tiny village of Hekpe, Togo. He pleaded with his frightened neighbors to help take her to a nearby hospital, but they mocked his request. They told him that his dying wife could only be saved by the village witch doctor. But Mensa knew better.

With his wife slowly slipping away in his arms, he boldly proclaimed his belief in the one true God. Mensa was a leader of an ABWE-planted church and he refused to allow his neighbors’ ridicule to shake his faith. He told them that God was in control and his wife’s life was in His hands, not the witch doctors.

With prayers pouring from his lips, he rushed her to the hospital. Mercifully, Mensa’s wife made a full recovery, and she and their new twins were back home within a week. To celebrate, the church held a special service in the middle of the village that had just mocked Mensa’s faith. Astoundingly, more than 100 people turned out to watch Mensa dedicate his new twins to the Lord.

“What a testimony it was to that village,” said Mensa’s mentor Jim Gerhart, an ABWE missionary working in Togo.“It was a wonderful proclamation of God’s love and faithfulness.”