IntroductionTogo (also known as the Togolese Republic) is located in West Africa and is bordered by Ghana to the west, Benin to the east, Burkina Faso to the north, and the Gulf of Guinea to the south. The total area of Togo is 56,785 km2 (21,925 sq mi) and the 2009 estimated population was 6,619,000.
Various tribes entered what is now Togo between the 11th and 16th centuries. From the 16th century to the 18th century, the coastal region was a major trading center for Europeans in search of slaves, earning Togo and the surrounding region the name "The Slave Coast." In 1884, Germany declared Togoland a protectorate. After World War I, rule over Togo was transferred to France. Togo gained its independence from France on 27 April 1960. In 1967, Gnassingbé Eyadéma led a successful military coup, after which he became president of Togo until his death in 2005.
In Togo, there are about 40 different ethnic groups, the most numerous of which are the Ewe, Kotokoli, Tchamba, Kabyé, and Uaci or Ouatchis. Approximately 51% of the population has indigenous beliefs, 29% is Christian, and 20% Muslim.
The Mennonite Church in TogoMennonite congregations in Togo, the Eglise Mennonite de l'Assemblée des Fidèles du Christ (EMAFC) or Mennonite Church Assembly of the Faithful, are formally related to the Ghana Mennonite Church and began around 1996 growing out of relationships between the Ghanian church's national evangelist and a Pentecostal pastor in Togo. Leopold Sossou Houmey began two congregations near Lome after leaving an independent Pentecostal denomination. Houmey received spiritual support in his church-planting work among the Ewe from Michael Badasu, who at the time was evangelist of the Ghana Mennonite Church. In partnership with the USA's Mennonite Mission Network and Mennonite Church Canada Witness (previously through Mennonite Board of Missions), the Ghana Mennonite Church has provided support for church planting in Togo.
|Denomination||Congregations in 2000||Membership in 2000||Congregations in 2003||Membership in 2003||Congregations in 2006||Membership in 2006||Congregations in 2009||Membership in 2009|
|Eglise Mennonite de l'Assemblée des Fidèles du Christ||3||76||5||144||5||204||5||204|
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|Author(s)||Richard D Thiessen|
|Date Published||April 2011|
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Thiessen, Richard D. "Togo." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. April 2011. Web. 5 Dec 2013. http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Togo&oldid=96720.
Thiessen, Richard D. (April 2011). Togo. Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. Retrieved 5 December 2013, from http://gameo.org/index.php?title=Togo&oldid=96720.
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