Rev. Dr. Simon K. Dossou, a pastor with the Protestant Methodist Church of Benin has been serving at Lome, AACC Regional Office in Togo for over a decade.
The Lome Regional Office in Togo was established in 1974 after the AACC General Assembly held in Lusaka, Zambia. The office reports to the General Secretariat and was established with a special objective to strengthen the visibility, relevance and ownership of AACC francophone constituency.
Rev. Dr. Simon K. Dossou was a member of Member of the General Committee from November 2003 to June 2008. He later led the Theology Department where he was able to revitalize regional theological association such as; Association of Theological Institutions in Eastern Africa (ATIEA), Association of Theological Institutions in Southern and Central Africa (ATISCA), Association des Institutions D'enseignement Théologique en Afrique (ASTHEOL) and West Africa Association of Theological Institutions (WAATI).
This work was done with a lot of enthusiasm from professors of theology such as, James Amanze (Botswana), Maake Masango (South Africa), Levi Ngangura (DRC), Priscille Djomhoue (Cameroon), Edison Kalengyo (Uganda) and the immense support of Rev. Prof. Dr. Dietrich Werner from World Council of Churches (WCC) and Rev. Dr. Owe Boersma from Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD) among many others,” Says Rev. Dr. Dossou.
Since his involvement, Rev. Dr. Simon K. Dossou has served at AACC in different capacities. This includes ; director of Theology, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations, director of Peace, Healing and Reconciliation, acting director of Editions CLE Publishing-Cameroon, Special Accompanier to the churches in DRC and the most recent, AACC Special Envoy to West and Central Africa.
West and Central Africa, as everywhere in the continent, experiences elections under high tension from one country to another. Collegial work is done in relation to the regional office and the member churches of the AACC. Solidarity visits to countries such as Gabon, DRC, Togo and Ghana have been and continue to be conducted. “We do not engage politically, instead we lobby with those in Civil Societies and Member Churches,” says Rev. Dr. Dossou.
The regional office is particularly concerned about Migration and Human Trafficking because West Africa is the exit point for many young people. Ms. Afiwa Alahare, Executive Secretary, Migration and Human Trafficking will be based at the regional office where she takes over from Rev. Dr. Dossou.
“I welcome her with open arms. She will take care of an important issue with a continental dimension. I am available to share my expertise whenever called upon,” adds Rev. Dr. Dossou.
Besides the Language differences that is French and English, he states one of the major challenges he experienced was inadequate funds to implement all intended plans. "we do not spend money we do not have." However, he is content with that which he has accomplished while working with AACC.
Rev. Dr. Simon Dossou will continue with his Pastoral calling at the Protestant Methodist Church in Benin.
All Africa Conference of Churches is grateful to have worked with him in mobilizing to faithfully live the Message of God’s love, interpret and respond to challenges of human dignity.