Deborah Achok came to our clinic severely malnourished. She’s 18 years old and has a 3 month old baby boy called Kuol. Since giving birth she has not been able to keep food down and vomits if she tries to force it. Her husband abandoned her and so her mother and her sister accompanied her and Kuol to our clinic.
The mother was concerned because the family paid money to a witch-doctor and Deborah’s condition just got worse. So they concluded that witch-doctor put a curse on her and the baby, who was now struggling to get enough food from his malnourished mother. So they then went to another witch-doctor who sold charms to them to protect them from the curses of the previous witchcraft. After weeks of mother and child both deteriorating they were finally brought to our clinic.
As I was doing my morning rounds with Pastor Santino, Dr. Jono filled us in on Deborah’s condition. Immediately we could see she was not in good physical health and both her and the baby were wearing charms. We chatted about that and the sister told us about the visit to the witch-doctors. After a lengthy presentation of the gospel and why witchcraft and wearing the charms are so harmful, Deborah asked me if I would remove them. It was my pleasure to not just cut them off but throw them into the fire.
I then asked Deborah if she would be willing to take that step of faith one step further. And she said she was ready. Santino further counseled the sister and the mother and all three ladies together prayed and asked Jesus to be their Savior. Hopefully they will come to our church on Sunday. Please join us in praying for that.
P.S. Lots of photo’s, news and prayer requests on our Instagram.
One thing I do know, that though I was blind, now I see. (Jn 9:25)
Nyaruon Angok Kol from Thorny which is four hours walk from our Clinic IDAT. She had a
Cataract Surgery last year during the month of November.
She had never seen before but after the surgery she was able to see. She came
walking by herself to our clinic this week to start Antenatal care.
She was very thankful to God for IDAT and the services being provided
through the ministry to her and to the people of Tonj.
On the 8th of the month of November, we are going to have a Cataract surgeries for the third year, we will have Dr. Ben and Dr. Dan with their team from Tenwek Hospital operating on patients in Tonj Government Hospital for a week.
Please pray with us for a successful operations and for the gospel message to be received in many of these people who are coming for the cataract surgeries.
Pray for wisdom and strength for the whole team that is going to be working, Surgeons, Nurses, Community Health workers and Pastors.
This year we had alot of rain that we praise God for! this caused a lot of flooding in many areas around Tonj town.
At first it was in different towns and village in the same Warrap State. But from last week we had so much water from rivers over burst their banks that made many people abandon their homes, farms and seek refuge in higher ground like the main roads. in this area there are no Hills nor Munitions, its very flat with many swamps.
More than 250 Houses have been destroyed . Sorghum, Ground nuts fields and gardens have been completely submerged in water, destroying everything these people were growing.
The newly appointed commissioner is trying his best to help but nothing so far reached the people. Though the people are hopeful. Government were given Mosquito nets but they have to figure a way to bring them from the state capital in kuajok to the areas hit by the flood, that is about 5 hours away from Tonj.
Please pray for protection from diseases and infection from the this situation of flood and also a provision for food and shelter for all the families effected by this natural disaster.
George is our night guard, bcause of the heavy rains, his house collapse on one side. It is currently being renovated by Duncan our builder from the compound with his crew. (see photos below)
True christian fruits are seen when mere men chose to put their faith in Christ and in His word despite their hardship, cultures and what the world teaches them. One of the greatest hindrances to the gospel here is a culture that is so much implanted in belief in witchcraft and sorcery. The community believes in them greatly, that is their first option in case of a disaster or sickness. We know that this is idolatry, and God does not want His children to practice it.
Today we saw this change. One of the guys who has been very keen to discipleship is Peter. He is a student in secondary school, and he is born again. He has been coming to our ministry premises at IDAT every week where we spend time in the word of God. He also comes to church every Sunday for fellowship. We also pray together. His story is that of breaking away from tradition by not only embracing Christ but also His teachings.
I see him as a good example of what Paul said to the church in 1 Thessalonian 1:9b, “…and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living God”. Peter’s dad was sick two weeks ago, his brothers were planning to have their dad taken to a witchdoctor (which is kind of the norm here) but Peter said no. He suggested they take him to the hospital in Juba since that is where his dad works. Peter feared that the brothers will not take his advice since they had also taken their dad to a witchdoctor for treatment last year. He came to me asking that we pray together and ask God that his dad not to be taken to a witchdoctor. We prayed and after 3 days Peter came back with a testimony that his elder brothers had agreed to take their dad to the hospital. On Saturday March 17th, Peter came with the good news that his father was now well and had been discharged from the hospital.
This story is one among many others that we witness everyday here ay Tonj. The Bible tells us that we are not to live as the unbelievers do, Ephesians 4:17-18, 24
“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind. Having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart…But we are to put on the new nature which is created in the likeness of Christ”.
For Peter it took courage to say NO to what was ungodly, to walk away from what the culture advocates and to follow what the Bible says.
Peter and other believers that they will continue to trust in Jesus in difficult situations and they will severe any ties with the witchdoctors and spirit masters.
Pray for Peter’s growth and continual commitment to discipleship.
Pray for his Dad and brothers that they will fully trust in Jesus and that they will accept Him as their Savior.
“Restore us, Lord God Almighty; make your face shine on us, that we may be saved.” – Psalm 80:19
After recent cattle raids the security in our area seemed like it was improving and the authorities said it was under control but today a massive cattle raid took place between Tonj and another town called Ciubet. It took place in a nearby village and as the stolen cattle were being recovered there was open gun fire. We got word in our clinic of possible victims on their way for treatment and as Saturday is an emergency only day for our clinic we had all medical staff on site and ready to receive the wounded.
Our ambulance drove out to the site to bring back wounded and that’s when we discovered it to be a lot worse than we first expected. Of the survivors, 16 people suffered gun shots and 4 of those are critical. The ambulance took them 70 miles to Wau hospital. Pray there is a surgeon on site able to help them when they get there. The remaining 12 gunshots patients are being treated on our compound in the clinic which is so overwhelming as we do the best we can to make each one comfortable and stable, though we are not really equipped for these inpatients.
Added to the stress of the situation is the reports that the Ciubet people want to retaliate and rumours of them coming into the actual town of Tonj and then of course possibly to our clinic when they hear that is where patients are being harbored.
We are asking for prayer for this situation so our medical workers can serve without putting their own lives at risk. Pray for those on the compound to be kept safe and in perfect peace. Pray for me [Sabet] to have wisdom as I make life and death decisions for all involved.
The Lord is showing us how much He loves these cattle raiders and the reason He brings them to us. The hatred and retaliation is all these guys know and we want to show them a different way. We know these wounded men are an opportunity for us to share a better way with them, one of love and forgiveness. Praying Jesus would shine through us and on them in a mighty way.