January 2020 Newsletter

Hopeful New Year!

 2019 was a difficult year for our ministry and the IDAT/KUJ family. There are no words to describe the anguish we feel as a body and the suffering Suzy and the kids have personally gone through. The response to love them and Sabet through this and stand with them and the ministry they have poured their lives into has really touched all our hearts and we thank you for your continued prayers for them and this amazing ministry.

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. Romans 5:1-5

Wall with words scatted about describing prays for the year 2020.
IDAT Prayer Wall

Review and Vision!

Our ministry is serving in four areas to the community and all are integrated and complement each other. As a team we have prayed and fasted for 2020 and the future direction of IDAT. Here’s a glimpse of 2019 and what we are praying for in 2020.

CC Tonj

The church and Sunday school have grown and we are currently seeing 500 regular attendees each week. Our greatest need is for a project manager to build us a permanent church building. Materials are on site.
Senior Pastor Mabior oversees CC Tonj and 7 church plants in the villages of Maloney, Ariam Duar (new), Palek (new), Bobi, Lul (new), Warrak, and Kunyuk. He has a team of 13 pastors serving alongside him.

Seven elders posed in front of grass roof building in local village of Lui
Elders in front of New church plant in Lul

Training of our new pastors is critically needed. Join us in praying for teachers to help lead pastors’ workshops.

IDAT Medical Clinic

The quality of the care we are able to provide has significantly improved since receiving back three more Clinical Officers from medical school in Kenya. Also, the installation of our new solar power system means we can run life-saving equipment not available elsewhere.
Newborn baby being held against mother chest while receiving oxygen.
This year we hope to build an x-ray facility and provide this as a service to all the community not just mothers and children. We are excited to have Zac and Rebecca Soper rejoin our team for a 2-year term. As a nurse, Rebecca will supervise the ward and training of new Community Health Workers.

Community Health Evangelism (CHE)

In 2019 we launched CHE in 4 new villages and this year we hope to expand that to at least 3 more. All of these villages have church plants. It is exciting to see the Word of God going into these remote places as our CHE’s evangelize door to door and come alongside the people in helping them solve their issues, pointing them to sustainable solutions and the cross of Jesus Christ.
CHE Team members and villages sitting on ground having a conversation.
We are excited to have Zac Soper join our team and help Jono and Ps. Mabior oversee this life changing ministry.

Sports Ministry

A fairly new but very successful area of ministry for us has been to run the annual soccer tournament. 2019 was a massive success and our pastors were able to share the gospel with over 10,000 spectators and through local radio.