Jerald & Katie Touchstone -
serving with ABWE
Village of Light
School for the Blind
"Have I got a deal for you!"
Ephesians 2:10 tells us that we are God’s masterpiece, created to do good works that he prepared beforehand for us to do. Let me tell you a story that fully defines this verse for us.
In the spring of 1995, I (Jerald) decided to go back to college at the University of Idaho and study aquaculture and business. I don’t really know why I chose that degree, but it felt right at the time. After graduation and many years of trying, I never could make a career out of it so I continued as a mechanic and then a science teacher for the last 20 years. While we have always desired to serve in missions, God has been keeping us busy in ministry here at home in the US. However, last fall, our pastor pulled me aside after church one Sunday morning and said: “have I got a deal for you…”
He had just returned from a teaching trip to Togo, West Africa and spent a week at the Village of Light School for the Blind. At this school they have a very nice commercial aquaponics system. But it currently lacks a person who knows aquaponics and has a heart for missions. God seems to have a use for my degree after all.
After a lot of prayer and discussion, we recently applied with ABWE (Association of Baptists for World Evangelism), and have now been commissioned as missionaries to serve in Togo, to manage the aquaponics system at the school.
Lord willing, we would like to be ready to go to Togo as soon as our son Nathan graduates from high school in two years. In the meantime, we are working toward finding people that are interested in partnering with us financially to make this ministry possible.
To learn more about the ministry, click through this slideshow.
Where are we Going?
Kpalime, Togo is in West Africa, about 2 hours NW of the capital port city of Lome.
In the future, we will tell you about some projects and things that are going on with the Togo Aquaponics Ministry.