Passion and Vision for 2023!
This month marks 24 years since I took a huge step of faith and embarked on a journey that would change my life forever. I went on a mission trip to war torn South Sudan, where the threat of bombs and land mines were real. I landed on a dirt airstrip in Tonj and watched naked children emerge from the towering, sunburnt grass and run to grasp one of my fingers. A town recovering slowly from the previous year’s devasting famine. A town in distress and without hope.
The calling was strong, the love and burden for the people was deep and the passion to see Jesus give the hope He had given me, was overwhelming. I was moved by God to do something and my life has never been the same.
“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who builds it.” Psalm 127:1
I have spent years weeping, praying and fasting for the church in South Sudan to be raised up and reaching into the remotest villages. Many of you joined us on bended knee to intercede for South Sudan and today we celebrate the answer to those prayers with 32 church plants and 35 national pastors.
Last year we cried out to the LORD and asked Him for help in training our pastors. He answered that prayer and connected us to Intensive Care Ministries. We have now launched a class for 20 pastors to study and receive a diploma in Pastoral Ministry.
Our vision is to train two of these pastors to co-teach future classes in Dinka so ALL our pastors can get the benefits of Inductive Bible Study. In December, we launched Tonj Bible Institute (TBI) because we want to be an official Bible School, registered with the Ministry of Education and the Bureau of Religious Affairs.
We plan to add more classes each year to accommodate the growing number of pastors needed for the churches being planted. We are currently using our staff devotion room as a classroom for the lessons and our compound team rooms as a temporary student dorm. Calvary Chapel Tonj is situated on a large piece of land that can easily accommodate this classroom and dorm. We found a reputable builder and his quote was very reasonable. We have gone before the Lord, asking God to supply the $50,000 needed to complete this project in 2023. It’s a BIG ask but we trust and believe in our BIG God who faithfully supplies all our needs and can raise up like-minded individuals to accomplish this vision. It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to see this project completed.
Above is a ‘Partner Pyramid’ showing the various levels of support we have thought and prayed over to present to you and ask you to prayerfully consider investing in building our Bible School. Could one of these levels work for you? There is a designation on our website donate page or you can send a check marked ‘TBI Fund’.
Meet William Majok. He is currently an assistant pastor of CC Tonj and currently in the bible school. William is excited to be one of the pastors chosen to teach future classes and will also run the school.
Please pray for him. You can read more about his story on our pastor’s profiles page: Pastors.indeedandtruth.org