December 2021 Newsletter

Cataract Surgeries!

In Deed and Truth Ministries has been partnering with Tenwek Mission Hospital for more than 10 years to bring cataract surgeries to the people of Tonj. This year Samaritan’s Purse supported Tenwek Eye team to get to the field and covered the expenses of us hosting the team.

Cataract team during surgeries

We turned our maternity clinic into an operating room and completed almost 400 surgeries in 5 days!!

eight people sitting on a bench. several are wearing medical masks.
Patients waiting for surgery

There were many amazing testimonies from the week but this one really stood out. A spear master was blind and came to the cataract clinic. He briefly heard the gospel while being screened. After he had surgery and the patch was removed, his sight was restored. The spear master then requested to hear the gospel in greater depth. He brought his two brothers with him and Pastor Joseph sat down with them and shared the gospel.

Man in IDAT shirt standing behind three sitting older gentlemen.
Ps. Joseph with the spear master and brothers

The spear master and his brothers all gave their hearts to God and openly declared they are giving up their previous life. They were jokingly saying “there is no witchcraft that can do surgery on the eyes!”

Soccer Final!

Our 2021 sports outreach ended with the soccer tournament final and an amazing turnout of spectators.

Two opposing soccer players and the soccer ball.
IDAT Soccer Tournament

The pastors witnessed thousands of people attending the final match. During the course of the tournament, so many were evangelized at each match by pastors sharing the gospel using tracts and also through the radio broadcasts.

boy holding the printed flyer in front of his face.
A spectator hold up a tract he received

The biggest radio station in Juba called Radio Tamazuj, picked up the story of the tournament and shared it across South Sudan, praising IDAT for their service and care of the Tonj youth!

Congratulations to the winning team ‘Tonj United’. We are so proud of you!

twelve soccer players almost lined up for group photo
Winners of IDAT Soccer Tournament 2021 ‘Tonj United’ Soccer Team

Church Building!

We have so much to be thankful for in 2021 but one area is the rapid growth of our church CC Tonj. We have started the building of the new church and ask you to be in prayer for us to complete it in the dry season (Before June).

The lower eight-feet of the church walls with columns extending from them 8-feet more.
CC Tonj

‘The latter glory of this house shall be greater than the former, says the Lord of hosts. And in this place I will give peace, declares the Lord of hosts.’ – HAGGAI 2:9

Happy Christmas!

May your Christmas be peaceful and filled with love, laughter, hope, joy, and the Spirit of the Lord be upon you and your family.

On behalf of our family, the IDAT Board of Directors, our USA volunteers and our Tonj Team, we thank you for all your support and prayers in 2021 and we look forward to our continued partnership in 2022;
Have a Blessed Christmas!

One thought on “December 2021 Newsletter”

  1. My gratitude to IDAT board of directors, partners, donors and team members both international and national.
    It’s n’t an easy task to carry out these beneficial activities of running church evangelism through out the community, MCH clinic as well as sports tournament in October of every year but with commitment and God’s grace.
    My prayers are with you in every minute and seconds.
    By former IDAT logistician since May 2017-Jan2021.

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