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January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

As we celebrate the New Year, we thank God for YOU our partners and supporters. In February it will be 20 years since Suzy was first called to South Sudan!! We are so grateful for the way you have prayed and supported us in advancing the work of In Deed and Truth Ministries in Tonj. Here are some of the ways your partnership has impacted the Kingdom in 2018:

The new medical ward was completed in record time and opened by the Ministry of Health. Before we were cramming beds together in a small room and laying mattresses on the verandas. The new ward is spacious, organized and clean. We can now focus on the calling and minister to the patients more effectively.

Old Ward
Old Ward
New Ward
New Ward

Thanks to the amazing generosity of our partners we completed the fundraising for the new church and will start to build it this year!

CC Tonj under the Mango Tree
CC Tonj under the Mango Tree

In 2018 we baptized over 100 new believers.

CC Tonj Baptism
CC Tonj Baptism

Our team is also growing. We have expanded our pastoral team and now have 14 pastors serving under In Deed and Truth. They pastor our church plants, serve as assistant pastors to Sabet, work as chaplains in the clinic and medical outreaches, serve in CHE, teach Simply the Story and show the Jesus film in the villages. We are looking to provide sponsorships for them costing just $50 a month. Go to our website to sign up and see their profiles.

Ps. Mabior, Santino, Joseph and Judah
Ps. Mabior, Santino, Joseph and Judah

“LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago.”      Isaiah 25:1

Your contributions also allowed us to treat 52,561 children and pregnant mother’s. Deliver 249 babies in a safe environment.

S.Sudan still has high infant mortality
South Sudan still has high infant mortality

Help with special needs through our benevolence fund.  Purchase 20 tons of medical supplies. Send more students to medical school. Distribute solar powered audio bibles. Reach thousands of remote homes with the gospel through CHE and medical outreaches.

Community Health Evangelists (CHE). Banner reads "CHE! CHE! CHE! The most Effective mean to communicate the gospel message and proper protection against communicable diseases to the community of Warrak and its neighbouring villages.
Community Health Evangelists (CHE)

Train more Community Health Workers. Engage thousands of youth with our soccer tournament. Continue with primary care of 15 sponsor children. Restore sight to 300 cataract patients.

2018 was so amazing and we look forward to all He has for us in 2019. Thank you for praying and choosing to be our partner.

December 2018 Newsletter

Cataract Team!

Our radio announcement went far and wide for this cataract clinic and we screened over 600 patients, some coming more than 200 miles on foot. Mostly elderly, they were desperate to have their sight restored.

Cataract patients filling the space under the tree and between the buildings wait to be screened
Cataract patients wait to be screened

A massive thank you to Dr. Ben Roberts and his team from Tenwek Mission Hospital, in Kenya, World Gospel Mission and Samaritan’s Purse who came in for a week and did 321 surgeries in 5 days!!

A patient’s thanks Dr. Ben Roberts after being treated at the cataract clinic.
A patient’s thanks Dr. Ben Roberts

While the team operated from dawn to dusk, another eye clinic did consultation and treated cases that didn’t need cataracts surgeries. A team of evangelists and pastors shared the gospel message and oral bible stories. Many were open to the gospel and Sabet and the pastors lead them through a prayer to accept the Lord Jesus, and many responded.

It was a great celebration every morning when they got their bandages removed and could see again. One lady saw her baby for the first time and a family with three blind children since birth, also received surgery.

CHE Testimonies!

Our amazing CHE’s from three villages closed the year celebrating together and sharing testimonies.

Abraham Nhail shared how the CHE team opened a school & a sports program to bless the children and youth in Warrak.
Abraham Nhail shared how the CHE team bless the children and youth in Warrak.

We heard many testimonies but three stood out. Abraham Nhail shared how the CHE team in Warrak opened a community school & a youth sports program to bless the children and youth in their village.

Pastor Rueben shared about the impact the CHE program is having in improving the physical, emotional, social & spiritual health in Warrak community.
Pastor Rueben shared about improving the physical, emotional, social & spiritual health in Warrak community.

Pastor Rueben shared about the impact the CHE program is having in improving the physical, emotional, social & spiritual health in Warrak community.

Angelina shared her experience (left) and her husband, Santino Mayem, on the right.
Angelina shared her experience (left) and her husband, Santino Mayem, on the right.

Angelina shared the love they felt as IDAT came to visit last year after her husband Santino Mayem was shot. And how the bible teaching through CHE has brought incredible unity to their whole village of Bobi.

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.”
– Isaiah 42:16

Your Year End Gift Matters!

This year we were able to host the entire cataract team at the IDAT Clinic. Thank you for the ways you have partnered with IDAT to meet the need in our community for a medical clinic. As a mission organization we want to be the best stewards we can to make a lasting impact for Jesus Christ.

A generous donor has made it possible to match up to $60,000 ($70,000 is actually needed) for our new solar system for the medical clinic. We are asking you to consider helping us “meet the match” by making a special year end gift designated “Solar Power Campaign”. You can give through our website or send in a check. Call Rosa for more information or if you need any further assistance. The progress of this fundraiser can be tracked through our website.

Solar Power Fundraiser
Solar Power Fundraiser

November 2018 Newsletter

Home Assignment!

We are excited to be heading back to USA in a few weeks. We’ll be spending December and March in Florida and January and February in California. God has provided accommodation and vehicles in both locations! Pray for our time in Panama City, FL. We are heading into an area that is hurting and devastated following hurricane Michael. We will be helping Suzy’s mum and anyone else in need as best we can.

Suzy, Sabet Jed, Hannah, Agum
Suzy, Sabet Jed, Hannah, Agum

How Can You Help Us?

It is exciting to see what God is doing here in Tonj and we are looking forward to sharing our stories with as many of you as possible. If you have been following us for a while and love what God is doing through us in South Sudan, then we need your help. Prayerfully consider hosting a small gathering in your home and inviting friends, family and neighbors for a meet and greet! We could also share at your home fellowship, bible study, small group or church. Introductions from people who know and trust us are so valuable and make the most effective long-term partnerships. Let me know through email if God is leading you in that direction. We’d also love to just catch up, share a meal or coffee and hang out with you, so please get in touch as our time will be short. We will be sharing our movement while in the USA through Facebook and Instagram.

Winning for Jesus!

The IDAT Soccer Cup Tournament was a huge success and after a month of games it ended with a massive turn out for the final match. The community spirit was amazing as the entire town showed up to watch Godzilla vs. Tonj United.

Tonj United (orange) vs. Godzilla (red)
Tonj United (orange) vs. Godzilla (red)

This Tournament gave us an open door to minister to the hearts of the young people of Tonj who love sport.

We thank God for the 18 evangelistic team members from Calvary Chapel Tonj that made this tournament a successful outreach.  They worked tirelessly setting up at every match, distributing tracts and bibles, sharing the gospel one to one with the crowd and following up with any new believers.

8,000 tracts distributed among the youth
8,000 tracts distributed among the youth

“Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8

Police were assigned to control the large number of spectators

Throughout the tournament we shared some biblical life skills lessons on a live radio talk show hosted by the Don Bosco FM radio.  These lessons use soccer coaching skills and biblical truths which can be applied and improve lives. We did 12 shows, with a live call in option, reaching more than 5,000 people every show, discussing important topics like team unity, the ultimate ‘goal of life’(following Jesus), serving one another and so on. Every lesson clearly presented the gospel message and the call-in feedback was very positive.

Here’s some stats following the 26 matches:
  • More than 20,000 people heard the gospel message.
  • We had over 500 people who made decisions for Jesus Christ.
  • We gave out 8000 gospel tracts.
  • We gave away over 1,000 New Believer’s bibles, Christian literatures, audio messages and video bible stories.
  • More than 5,000 people were reached with gospel teaching over the radio.

Already we are being asked to host another tournament next year. So if you love Jesus and love soccer, pray about coming and helping with this life changing event!

October 2018 Newsletter

IDAT Football Tournament!

The one thing everyone loves in Africa that brings joy and unity is football!   (Aka soccer). Last year we hosted a tournament for the clinic opening and it was such a big hit that Sabet, and his team from CC Tonj church, thought it would be good to try this as an annual outreach event.  Thanks to a generous sponsor every player was kitted out in a new jersey kit. The different colored teams paraded from the IDAT compound to freedom square in the middle of Tonj town.

IDAT Football Cup Tournament Parade

An estimated 3,000 spectators showed up for the kick-off. This was an outreach event for IDAT who shared the gospel with team players and onlookers. The young players from each team carried plaques with positive messages to promote peace, unity, and love among the youth of Tonj. This young generation has only had hate, revenge and retaliation modeled as a way to solve conflict.

Team Players Parade with Plaques

A team of guys from Calvary Chapel Tonj mingled among the crowds with Gospel tracts and bibles and shared the gospel message one to one.

CC Tonj giving out bibles

This tournament is going for one month and as the word got around, at the second game we saw around 8,000 people attend!

The crowd gathers for the 2nd game

God has totally blessed the response which we hugely underestimated. We’re so excited to add a sports dimension to our ministry.  We are still in need of about $2,000 to cover the costs of hosting this large event. If you feel led to help us with this extra cost, please go to our website or email us.

I press on toward the Goal for the prize is the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. - Phil 3:14

Adut Goes Home!

Three months ago, a little girl called Adut arrived at our hospital on the brink of death from Tuberculosis, which had spread to infect many of the organs in her body. Two weeks ago, Adut was back on the oxygen machine gasping for air, and her parents asked to take her home to die peacefully as she seemed to be deteriorating despite our best efforts. That night we gathered in the ward as a team and cried out to God for a miracle – and He answered!

Praying for Adut

From that day on Adut started to improve, and we finally got to celebrate as a team and discharge her to go home! Our volunteers Isaac and Rebekah did an amazing job providing top notch nursing care for her these past 3 months. Sadly, we also say goodbye to them this month, as they head back to New Zealand.

Isaac and Rebekah with Adut

Pray for our upcoming furlough we still need accommodation and vehicles to use in CA and FL.

September 2018 Newsletter

New Ward Opening!

These photos speak for themselves. We had an amazing day. God totally blessed us and gave us favor with the government. It started with you, giving generously so we could provide an adequate space for our inpatients and here it is!

Travis in the old ward
Travis and the team inside the new ward

Our dear NZ volunteer and friend, Richard Welch, made the foundation ready and then Travis (project manager) came from New Zealand, with his dad and cousin, to build the ward and completed it in just 5 months! It truly was God’s children joining hands across the world to make this happen.

The National Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Riak Gai Kok, arriving at the airstrip in Tonj to open the new IDAT ward

We were truly honored the National Minister of Health flew especially from Juba with several government ministers and a TV crew to officially open the new ward.

Hon. Dr. Riak opening the new ward
Hon. Dr. Riak inspecting the new ward
The ward was named in loving memory of Richard Welch

They honored Suzy with a traditional cow hide dress worn in the cattle camps.

The event was on national TV

A huge crowd attended and following the speeches, we celebrated with lots of dancing and singing.

Sabet and Suzy at the airstrip thanking Hon. Dr. Riak and National MP’s for attending the ward opening.
Our construction team standing under God’s promise to complete the ward in the time and budget provided.