About the Alderman Family & Their Ministry: Our Introduction We really appreciate you taking your time to look at our ministry in Togo, West Africa. God has been doing great things in Togo, and we are excited to watch God work in the future. Please feel free to contact us with any questions that you may have. We would love to speak with you personally. Our Purpose Our purpose is to do all we can to reach Togo for the cause of Christ. We believe the way to reach Togo for the cause of Christ is to start with the youth. To fulfill this purpose, we are establishing a camp and conference center called Togo Palms. Our Vision Togo Palms will be a youth camp and conference center that focuses on reaching the forty percent of our country that is under the age of 20. Togo Palms will exist to reach people with the Gospel, disciple them through their local church, and then train them to be leaders and start churches of their own. We plan to plant new churches in the southern part of the country. There is the opportunity to start twenty churches within twenty miles of Lake Togo. We believe that the most effective way for Togo to be reached with the Gospel, is by training nationals to reach their own people. This will be accomplished by giving them training in the Bible Institute and hands on training in ministry. Our Testimony Melissa accepted Christ as her personal Savior at the age of eight while attending church camp. She was baptized soon thereafter. At the age of seventeen, Melissa went to Panama on her first mission trip. It was there that God laid an unrelenting burden for the lost on the foreign field. Over the next several years, Melissa had the privilege of attending survey trips to Mexico, Scotland, and Togo, West Africa. Melissa attended Trinity Baptist College where she graduated in 2004 with a double major in English and French Education. It is Melissa's desire to minister to the Togolese through effective women's and children's ministries, such as women's conferences, visitation, Bible studies, and English classes. JJ accepted Christ at the age of 4 years old. He moved to Togo for the first time when he was six years old, and fell in love with the country soon thereafter When he was 17 years old, he surrendered at a youth conference to return to Togo as a missionary. He returned to the United States for college, where he studied at Trinity Baptist College in Jacksonville. He has always seen the urgent need and opportunity to spread the Gospel in the place he calls home. He has always had a passion for the ministry in Togo, and looks forward to returning to help the Togolese reach their people.