Togo missionary and Hospital of Hope chief-of-staff Todd DeKryger, 46, passed away after a brief illness, on Friday, February 26, in Cologne Germany with his wife, Jennifer, by his side. Along with Jennifer and their four boys, Todd had a deep love for the people of West Africa, and for sharing the love of Jesus with them through medicine.
To share your encouragement and love with the DeKrygers, please send all cards and condolences to:
c/o Forest Hills Baptist Church
3900 E Fulton St
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Gifts in lieu of flowers can be made to the “DeKryger Relief Fund” at Forest Hills Baptist Church by clicking here.
Shortly after Todd passed into glory, Jennifer wrote this beautiful letter:
“The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!” John 4:36, NLT
Today, Jesus called Todd home from the work he was doing planting and harvesting in Togo. In the mystery of His will, God chose this day to reward Todd with the unequaled joy of heaven. This is the promise of God that we as believers cling to through tears and pain. Todd poured out his life as an offering to God in Togo. I know that Todd would similarly encourage us who remain here for a little while longer to also be faithful in our service to our King (Philippians 2:17).
Please continue praying and ask Jesus to bring comfort to William, Grant, Luke, and Drew. Ask that His Spirit would provide peace that is beyond the knowledge of this world. Keep praying that the boys grow strong in their knowledge of God’s Word so they can live out the legacy that their father has given to them. Also, pray that our Father in heaven would send more workers like Todd to the beautiful fields of Togo where the harvest is so great!
My heart is overwhelmed with unspeakable grief – for myself, our boys, our extended family, our spiritual family and the Hospital of Hope team. I cling only to the gospel and the certain hope of our salvation through Jesus Christ. I long for the men, women and children of Togo to know the Savior that Todd served so faithfully. Even in my pain, I am confident that our sacrifice – that Todd’s sacrifice – was worth it. I believe that the great commission is a cause worth dying for. And in the midst of my grief, I fix my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.
The outpouring of prayers and support in recent days has been overwhelming. And I can’t begin to thank all those who have shown kindness to our family. There are many decisions to be made and I will update you again in the days to come. Please be patient as I will not be able to respond to every call, message or e-mail personally. Thanks for standing with us through this time.
In Christ Alone we find our strength,
The DeKryger and Benefiel families”