A BIG thank you for praying for our container to arrive safely. It was delayed 10 weeks due to COVID-19 restrictions, cost a bit extra to clear the port and passed through numerous muddy roads and insecure areas. It finally made it with much needed food and other supplies for the clinic, CHE, church and missionaries. Every year we ship a container from USA and last October many of you contributed to our list of supplies. We will definitely try to do this annually and have a fall fundraiser to help offset the high cost that comes all at one time. Living in a remote place that doesn’t even have basic shops for supplies, this container is essential to our ministry being able to operate successfully.
To everyone who purchased items from our amazon Wishlist or gave a contribution to the container fund, thank you, thank you for your generous contributions to make this happen! There were many needed items on the container but one of the main things was paint. We were able to repaint the clinic and ward!! Also, we received office furniture and desktop computers, so we can set up proper workspaces for our medical team, pastors, CHE and administration.
Sowing and Reaping!
Being in South Sudan I am constantly reminded of how blessed my life is compared to those I live among. Life here is tough and a lot of hard work. No one has running water or electricity and they have to grow their own food if they want to eat.
The rains have started and with it comes the busyness of ‘sowing’. Everyone in the town, running to their villages to find a piece of land big enough to grow food for their entire family to feed them another year. This is becoming increasingly more difficult every year and this year many of the villages experienced tribal fighting. Families that ran away from their village homes are now living in empty schools and churches (empty due to COVID-19) and they have no food. Because they are displaced they also failed to sow their food and this year’s harvest will be scarce, creating a manmade famine. We really need prayer and wisdom. It is heartbreaking to see our brothers and sisters suffering and reaping the devastating consequences of tribal clashes. Oh, Lord have mercy. So many IDP’s are already hungry, sleeping without food and shelter.
The two greatest commandments; Love God, love your neighbor. Sometimes the latter is very hard to do. In USA you are experiencing racial clashes and here in Tonj we are experiencing tribal clashes. If I could only love my neighbor as I love myself!! Wouldn’t all our problems be solved, universally?? We know everything happens for a reason and there is a season for everything. Please ponder these words from Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 and James 2:14-17.
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted.”
Too many seeds of discord and hatred are being sown and as Christians we need to make sure we are sowing seeds of love, patience, kindness, joy and peace.
The people of South Sudan have suffered unthinkable atrocities, mayhem has ruled for decades and right now they need our help. I don’t want to love them in word only but in practical ways, because love is an action! We need to do something.
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”
What the Lord has shown me about these IDP’s is, if my faith is real, I cannot ignore another person’s practical needs, I need to get involved. So, I am humbly asking if you are in a position to help financially, please go to our website and donate to our benevolence fund or mail in a check marked IDP.