February 2021 Newsletter


During his Christmas break, IDAT Pastor Santino Bak returned to his home village of Pagol to share the gospel. On Christmas Eve he showed the Jesus film to around 500 people! The next morning many of them returned to hear more about God and as a result 150 new believers were baptized!

New Believers in Pagol

Pastor Joseph Yuot also held an outreach in his village nearby and saw a powerful move of God, including one of the village witch-doctors dedicating his life to Christ. Both communities are hungry for the Lord, and have requesting us to bring our Community Health Evangelism (CHE) program to help them improve their physical lives and grow spiritually.

Baptism of New Believers

‘And now why do you wait? Rise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on his name.’ – ACTS 22:16

Our new CHE village in Wargiir is already having a powerful impact. A new believer called Mabior Akech, accepted Jesus Christ as Savior for the first time. He called us to go and pray at his house with his family and to burn all the satanic material and items in his home.

Pastor Santino Burning Idols

His faith and acceptance of Christ was due to our growing CHE program.

Jesus Film Outreach in the CHE Villages

South Sudan has some of the worst health statistics in the world, with 10% of children dying before their 5th birthday. There are also high rates of food insecurity, a lack of safe drinking water, and poor access to education. Emotionally, the South Sudanese have suffered the trauma of the longest civil war in the history of Africa. Relationally there are still longstanding cycles of revenge between many tribes and clans. Many of the villages in South Sudan are living in spiritual darkness having never heard the gospel.  The CHE program teaches health and spiritual lessons using bible stories that promote emotional, relational, and spiritual health through addressing topics such as forgiveness, loving your neighbor, prayer, salvation, and God’s desire for us to live in wholeness.

New CHE Village Committee Graduation

It’s been a long process for our ministry of building capacity and gaining experience in CHE, but it’s so exciting to see, what started as a vision and passion, coming into fruition as we enter the ‘multiplication’ stage of CHE.  Because people have given, we have been able to establish CHE in 10 villages around Tonj. With continued support we hope to expand that to 18 villages this year, 26 villages by the end of 2022 and 100 villages by 2030!

One More Testimony!!

Praise God for another witch doctor putting their faith in Jesus Christ! Deng & Kamic brought their child Muom to the IDAT clinic with severe malaria and were touched by the love of God in our staff, and the words spoken by Pastor Joseph Kuol when he shared the gospel with them. Thankfully, they live near one of our new church plants in Wargiir so will have a place to grow their newfound faith.

Ps. Joseph Kuol with Deng, Kamic and Muom

January 2021 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

As we celebrate the New Year, we thank God for YOU our partners and supporters. It’s because of you we are now going into our 22nd year of serving in Tonj, South Sudan!! We are so grateful for the way you supported us in prayer and partnered financially with the vision of In Deed and Truth Ministries. What a year 2020 turned out to be! Here’s a recap of how the Lord used US and brought beauty from ashes in 2020 and impacted an entire community for the Kingdom of God:

Mother and baby admitted on the Ward

We treated over 28,000 children as outpatients, and over 7,400 pregnant mothers. We delivered 324 babies in a safe environment, vaccinated thousands of children and cared for 1,263 that were admitted on our ward.

Baby recovering on the Ward

We provided over 9 tons of medicine and 24-hour care, 7 days a week.

IDAT Team unloading medical supplies

Every single patient was prayed for and heard the gospel, so many charms were removed, and many prayed to receive Christ as Savior.

Pastors Counsel Patients

Before discharging patients from the ward, we pray with them, over them, bless them and where possible, plug them into a church.

Ward chaplain Ps. Joseph

In 2020, four new Community Health Evangelism (CHE) Centers were established, increasing our CHE impact from 6 to 10 village communities.

CHE’s praying in the village

20,070 physical health and spiritual lessons were taught at homes in the CHE villages by our CHE volunteers.

CHE lessons being taught in the villages

640 people have committed their lives to Christ and six new churches were planted in 2020.

Church Plant in Wargiir Village

Despite the COVID-19 lockdown and not being able to have church for several months, our pastors still met once a month to encourage each other.

Pastors Sponsored by IDAT

They also ministered in the homes of their church communities. And prepared the new church land for CC Tonj to start meeting. With the new church plants and we now have 13 churches!

Sen. Ps. Mabior, Ps. Joseph & Ps. Ruben encouraging church members at home

When church restarted in September, we had record numbers in attendance. A total of 37,366 people attended an IDAT church in 2020. Newcomers to the church total 2,523!

CC Tonj

We are praising Jesus for the 3,258 people that received salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. We ended the new year visiting all the churches and baptizing new believers, making the total of baptisms 796 in 2020.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19

CC Tonj Baptism in Tonj River

For several months we were affected by tribal conflicts which left homes and food stores burnt, displacing 7,000 people and creating a humanitarian crisis.

Burnt tukul home (tukul is a mud hut)

Some of our pastors were displaced from their villages and three CHE centers were also displaced.

Ps. Judah forced to leave his village

As people fled their homes, they ended up in Tonj with nowhere to shelter and no food.

Shelters made from tarps

The Lord worked this for good and used our displaced pastors to bring the needs of the community to IDAT.  Between the insecurity and flooding we were able to feed and sustain over 4,000 Internally Displaced People (IDP’s) and provide shelter to 500. We will continue to support the food and shelter needs throughout 2021.

Food distribution Outreach

So many responded to the message shared about Jesus being the bread of life, including a witchdoctor.

We ended the year on a high with the IDAT Soccer Tournament being the best we have done so far and such a positive impact on the youth.

IDAT 2020 Soccer Tournament

During the course of the tournament approximately 53,000 were evangelized through the radio broadcast, over 70,000 attended the matches and heard the gospel message. There were 3,716 new commitments for Christ and 2,112 re-dedications.

Please pray for our 15 sponsor kids that lost two of their homes and possessions in a New Year’s Eve fire.

Sponsor Kids Tukuls

Together we made a difference!

December 2020 Newsletter

Soccer Success!

2020 was our best soccer tournament to date!!  The pastors counted over 20,000 people attended the final match. During the course of the tournament approximately 53,000 were evangelized through the radio broadcast, over 70,000 attended the matches and heard the gospel message. There were 3,716 new commitments for Christ and 2,112 re-dedications. It was also reported to us from our pastors that after hearing the gospel at the games, more than 1,000 people started attending local churches and 150 of those joined CC Tonj. The final match was televised and attended by the State Governor and President of South Sudan Football association came from Juba.

Suzy and Governor present the IDAT cup

The Face of Poverty

Tonj was hit hard this year with food crisis, tribal fighting and flooding. We anticipate helping the community with food and seeds until fall of 2021.

Weekly IDAT Food Distribution

The tribal conflicts led to thousands fleeing their homes but the flooding has prevented much needed food from reaching Tonj and many crops to be lost. The washed-out dirt road created a back log of 1,013 trucks stuck for over a
month.  The road is a meter high from the ground and it still flooded.

Eventually the trucks got moving again and the 5-month dry season just started, so we should not experience this problem for a while.

In the meantime, we are purchasing surplus food and distributing it to the most vulnerable people that are either displaced or effected from flooding. We continue to see severely malnourished children every day in the clinic.


Abuoch developed an infection called Noma which destroyed her upper lip when she was three years old. Noma is a gangrenous infection starting in the mouth caused by extreme poverty, malnutrition and poor hygiene. Children between 2-4 years old are most vulnerable with only about 10% surviving the infection. They are left with severe disfigurement on the face and as they grow they carry shame, hiding the face with scarves and have difficulty integrating socially with others. It can be a challenge to eat and develop speech. The only hope is for reconstruction surgery which is unavailable in South Sudan. A few years ago, Abouch came to our clinic to register for the Cleft Lip program that our friends at Samaritan’s Purse run each April, bringing surgeons from Africa & USA. Unfortunately, her case was too complex for the Cleft Lip campaign which repairs over 100 cleft lips each year. Thankfully Samaritan’s Purse have generously sponsored her to travel to Uganda for repair. This is her second surgery. We are so excited for her to get this life-changing surgery.

Abouch before and after surgery

Happy Christmas!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God: and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Tonj in 2020. The Lord did amazing things through IDAT and rescued a community from the brink of famine. We can’t wait for the blessings that are coming in 2021!!

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

November 2020 Newsletter

Sopers in South Sudan!

Zac and Rebekah Soper are both nurses and served in the IDAT medical clinic for 5 months back in 2018. This was enough to stir their hearts and since going back to New Zealand they have been planning to rejoin our team as long-term missionaries. Delayed by Covid-19, they finally arrived for their first 2-year term in October. Please pray for their adjustment, health and safety.

Rebekah feeding a malnourished baby

Stephen also came back after being stuck in Kenya. He heads up our construction crew. Now he’s back we will start building our x-ray room, clinic laundry room and planning for the church building.

Stephen returns from Kenya

Now the team are back together, Suzy and the kids will head to Florida in December. Please pray for them as they navigate getting out of Juba, Covid testing, and all the travel restrictions that keep changing between countries. They are still in need of a vehicle to use stateside. If you can help with this need please contact the email below.

Reaching the Next Generation of Leaders Through Soccer!

The IDAT soccer tournament continues to bring hope, unity and the gospel to the youth of Tonj.

The IDAT Soccer Tournament draws large crowds of spectators to every game

Between matches our team of leaders and pastors are sharing updates and Christ to the community through radio.

IDAT Leaders Sharing on Don Bosco Radio

The IDAT ministry team attend every game and use the “What’s the Goal?” tract to share the gospel and pray with spectators.

Spectators reading their tracts.

Cover of the evangelistic track reading "What's the goal?"

“Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.” Proverbs 11:25

Testimony in the Villages!

We have three church plants, Ariamduar, Pawel & Palek, in Maloney region, which is about an hour drive from Tonj. The Maloney chief had been opposing our churches, protesting that the teaching went against their traditional beliefs of sacrifice to their gods. Several of our church pastors and leaders were arrested and church, as well as CHE, was forbidden. This was 10 years of ministry stopped by one man. Many husbands were also forbidding their wives to go to church because they refused to make alcohol and slaughter or cook animals sacrificed to the spirits. IDAT leaders and community elders were called to Maloney to try and resolve the issue.

IDAT’s Andrea Mangok Sharing with Elders

Pastor Muordek shared how God met Saul and transformed him into Paul, gave him a new heart and used him in a mighty way. The Holy Spirit was moving and touched that chief’s heart and softened the hearts of the village leaders. The chief repented, apologized and prayed with our team and gave full freedom to continue with church and CHE. Those arrested rejoiced at the opportunity to suffer for Jesus, and that this period of persecution greatly strengthened the Maloney churches!! Please continue to pray for that chief and for all our CHE villages and church plants.

October 2020 Newsletter

Macleods Back on Mission!

It has been a blessing to have our missionaries come back from New Zealand. Our hearts were weary and Jono, Destinee, Zoe, Ellisha and Shiloh brought a much-needed spirit of joy, excitement and energy to our team after a tough ten months.

The Macleods Family

  • Pray for their readjustment especially the kids’ hearts having been in New Zealand longer than planned, that they could get back into their routines and reconnect easily here.
  • Pray for their homeschool needs (if you know any young woman that might like to serve the Macleods in this way as a homeschool teacher for one year please email me).
  • Pray for their safety, we have had a lot of tribal unrest in the villages.
  • Pray for their health, protection from malaria, coronavirus, scorpions, snakes and now rabies is rampant.
  • Pray the Lord would use them to encourage, teach, and bless this community and make them effective witnesses of the Gospel.
  • Pray all their financial needs would be met as they as they enter their 7th year serving with IDAT.

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

Pray for the Sports Outreach!

We are so excited to launch our 2020 IDAT Soccer Tournament this month. It is bigger and better than ever before. We have 16 soccer teams, 8 volleyball and basketball teams. Thank you for generously giving so we could provide the teams with new kits and soccer boots.

Kits printed and shipped from China

This tournament provides an outlet to the youth of Tonj and gives us a platform to reach them with the gospel.

Suzy prays as teams are given their kits

Our clinical officer Gabriel Gojoh will play in the tournament. He helped Suzy with ordering the kits that proudly display the IDAT logo and every clubs badge!

Suzy with IDAT CO Gabriel Gojoh

Church Resumes!

In the seven months we were not able to meet we worked on the new church land, constructing the fence and installing a gate to prepare for the ‘big move’ of CC Tonj. Little did we know this is where we would be doing food distributions. We don’t have an actual building, but we are using a tent and tarp to provide shelter from rain and sun.

CC Tonj meeting in tents on the new site

When the government lifted the restrictions on churches being able to meet, we had an amazing response.

Many newcomers attend church

We also saw people coming forward to receive Christ as our church elders laid hands on them.

Praying for Mabiel and Santino

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