Shane is serving in Lome, Togo in the Souza-Netime area. His companion is Elder Kouhe from Abobo Cote D'Ivoire, and they get along great. His companion speaks very little english, and Shane speaks very little french, so they are going to struggle for a while, but I'm sure the African French will come to him soon.
Togo may be one of the poorest countries in the world. The people live in scap metal homes no bigger than a dinning room. Shane's showers consist of filling a buck up with water and then getting a smaller bucket to wash with. He has to do his laundry by hand, which means that his clothes are not going to be the cleanest for the next two years. He does however have electricity in his apartment so he gets to sleep with a fan. He's already eaten some different foods, like eloke with fish heads (brains and eyes too), echeke, and fufu.
He already has 4 baptisms scheduled for saturday (oct 9th). Even though he didn't do any of the teaching, he's excited to be able to be a part of it. He might even get to perform one of the baptisms. They want him to do it cause he's white, and they've never seen a white boy before. They call him yovo, which means white boy. It's also a mission rule that you can't have your hair longer than 2 mm, so he basically has a shaved head.
Shane's excited to finally be serving the people, but he needs your prayers now more than ever. Continue to pray for him, and for the people. Not only will you and Shane be affected by your prayers, but it will bless the African people as well.