We have always prayed our medical clinic would be more than just a humanitarian service to the community of Tonj. This week we experimented a little to see what methods of sharing the gospel works best. One of the tools we’ve enjoyed is the Jesus film but it works best at night and during the day this is difficult to use. We have about 150 patients a day coming to our clinic and because of the high number and only one doctor they are usually waiting a long time. We wanted to use this waiting time to reach them with the gospel. So today Sabet took our national staff for a 30 minute devotion at 10:30am and while he was doing that I went to the clinic and shared the story of the ‘Wordless Book’. The patients were really engaged in what I was sharing and when I gave the invitation over 50 people stood to pray and ask Jesus to forgive their sins and be their Savior. We then shared about growth and invited them to join our fellowship on Sunday and come to the women’s bible study. I think this was so fruitful and simple to grasp, we will continue to use this method.
Sabet had a good turn out at church and we sung some of the songs we translated into Dinka. Sister Mary from Aguka attended, she’s been in Juba translating the New Testament into Bongo for Wycliffe. I did the Sunday School again, last week it was just my 2 kids + 1 young dinka girl of 8 years. This week though we had 9 children and praise the Lord, one of them spoke small English and was able to translate. I see this was the LORD’s divine plan as I shared a lesson on sin separating us from God. I used material given to us by Child Evangelism Fellowship. At the end of the lesson I gave an invitation to the children and all nine prayed for forgiveness of their sins and asked Jesus to be their Savior. It was really a special time.
It’s quite hard to get on the internet everyday. We really hope we can get a good satelite setup so we can have email access. Sabet went to Wau again this week and the old vehicle is almost ready to bring back. This will make life easier especially with construction. We had a fruitful week with the women’s ministry and clinic. We’re planning to put a chaplain over the medical clinic starting this week. We’re looking forward to having Mike Yordt and Wayne Gordon visit next week. We have many things lined up for them to do from construction, to our solar power needs, to men’s bible study and computer fixing!! We’re excited to have the fellowship and encouragement. We knew coming back in would have lots of difficulties and warfare but there was many things that happened that we didn’t foresee. It’s been a hard first month back but we are blessed and certainly can’t complain.
Sabet’s family moved from Khartoum to be near us and live behind our house in Tonj. His 5 year old niece came running out their house today saying she saw a long ‘frog’??? Upon investigation, Sabet found it was in fact a cobra!! He bashed it’s head and then brought it for us to see…and it was big!!
I enjoyed working with one of our young Pastors called Benjamin in translating worship songs into Dinka. We did two today.
Tomorrow Sabet and Dabu will tow our old vehicle 70 miles to Wau to see if it can be repaired.
This afternoon we had our first satellite clinic about 10 miles from Tonj in a remote village called War Amel. We drove through long grass and narrow paths to get there. At one point, Dabu our driver had to get out and check the road and move tree trunks!! Praise the Lord for the new vehicle, we couldn’t get to these areas without it.
It was quite overwhelming to find hundreds of women and children waiting to see a doctor. We quickly set up stations and started getting through them. We saw over 200 and had to leave some unseen as it got dark. I really felt a heavy burden for these people and wished we hadn’t been in such a hurry. Sabet and I are praying we can make the clinics a platform for more spiritual things and ask for wisdom in that area.