Kpalime Trip

Now that I’m home I have quicker internet and a bit more time to upload pictures. Here is a (rather large) post of pictures from the day trip we took last Monday to Kpalime a bit up country. The pictures are a bit out of order, but I’ve tried to put them in groups with headings so that it’s a little more clear!

Pictures along the road coming and going from Kpalime. Some are actually in Lomé, even in our neighborhood, but they were all taken along this trip:

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Bagui Market is one of our favorite and closest grocery stops!

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Still not sure what’s up with the Statue of Liberty and soccer ball theme in Togo…this one was even on the top of a building!

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We saw so many baobab trees along the road! I absolutely love them! Sadly, I didn’t get many good pictures or pictures of the really big/old ones.

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Shops are named all sorts of things. This one is apparently Christ’s shop. Who knew Jesus was selling things in Togo! Or is it that you can buy Christ in the store? I guess this will remain unclear.

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One (unclear) of many places in the road where you have to weave and run the chance of getting stopped by the military/police (not pictured) along the side of the road.

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Individuals with mental disabilities are not well cared for in Togo. Like this man, they often wander the streets with little to no clothing. It’s a very sad, yet common, scene.

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Whenever you need new furniture, just drive up and down the road. There’s always plenty for sale just along the side of the road.
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I guess the bike wasn’t fast enough or was too hard…

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Soccer is played everywhere…even on the beach.
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The beautiful mountains were a bit smoky when we came into Kpalime, making them even prettier, in my opinion.

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We drove up a mountain and saw a pretty waterfall:

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People trying to make you pay to go through their gate to see the waterfall put up this fake wall to try and obscure the view of passersby.

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We made a stop by the hospital/clinic where our friend Brenda works and I snapped a few quick photos:

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What would a trip be without a visit by the market? Below are my (many) images from our market trip:

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I loved this (worn) sign at the beginning of the market that says (roughly translated) “Life together is a necessity.” What a great phrase for the market and life in Togo!

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Fan guy selling ice cream at the market.
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Found this Liberty University shirt for sale. Small world. It’s interesting to see how products we know end up half way around the world!

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This cute little kid was pulling along some goats through the market. It was quite precious!

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“Family” Photo Shoot

I asked to take some pictures with Daniel and Victoire’s family before I left. We had fun taking pictures together and I enjoyed taking more pictures of the kids afterwards. I may have gotten a little carried away with the portrait setting on my phone, but I got some great pictures of the boys! 🙂

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Ezekiel putting a seashell up to his ear and pretending to talk on the phone. He gave me one too so we could talk to each other.

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July 21 – Children’s Club

These photos aren’t in a perfect order, but here are photos from Children’s Club on July 21st. Using some of the skills and activities we covered in team training the day before, they had some more engaging activities, including a game.

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Working on the memory verse for the day, bit by bit.

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Young Felicite did a great job teaching our story for the day!

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The young ones hanging off to the side together.

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Trying to remember and retell last week’s story.

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Practicing the memory verse without looking.

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Team Training

Last week Lynn and I led a training with the Togo House volunteer team of youth. We talked about general leadership skills and tips for leading children. We had a fun time and got to practice some of the activities we learned. (Sorry if the photos are a bit out of order) We used the story of Zaccheaus to model how to do different activities with children. Everyone had a great time! It was also fun to incorporate my education background into what I’m doing here.

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