Somewhere in Sudan Part 1

I just recently returned from a location somewhere in Sudan. This was not a typical church planting and discipleship training trip. It was in a category unto its own but one that may well soon become a typical trip to this unreached area of the world. I will leave out names, locations, and other specific details for the safety of many new friends and colleagues whom the LORD blessed me with during this trip.

Somewhere In Sudan

Myself, two other Americans, and 2 indigenous leaders made the trek of over 50 miles through the bush and swamps to somewhere in Sudan. 35 miles of this journey in was on foot with approximately 75 lbs on our back and another 1000lbs of food on an ATV and two bicycles. The two day trek in was physically the hardest thing I have done with the exception being training in the Army some 20 years ago. The LORD not only knows the number of hairs on our head, very few for me, but also the exact number of steps we can make baking in the extremely hot sun of the Africa bush and swamp with 75lbs on our back and out of water.

What was our mission? Why would we do this? It was an answer to a blessed burden laid upon a few hearts to be the hands and feet of CHRIST to a people who have been under constant siege and bombardment for the 12 months by their own government. A people who are displaced within their own country, living in caves, unable to live and provide for the needs of their family as they can, and now extremely malnourished and on the verge of starvation. In fact many already have died from starvation and diseases feed off weakened immune systems caused by malnutrition. I the coming months the numbers will rapidly increase as small bit of food they do have will be consumed.

Internally displaced family barely hanging on

Through CHRISTS power and strength we were able to deliver a very small amount of food  the most needy to two areas. We brought hope in the form of physical food and more importantly in the form of eternal food, the BREAD OF LIFE. We were embraced not only by the small diaspora of believers in CHRIST but by the Muslims as well.

Maize, sorghum, and weeds & grass. Weeds and grass are used as filler to make the little food they harvest go farther

They loved on us, were so gracious, and thankful that we had come and want us to return. We were also asked to return and equip  chaplains and the church in discipleship, reaching the unreached, and establishing CHRIST’S church. Once again these were answers to many prayers over the past 3 years. Pray, pray, pray for the LORD to sustain these people, bring and end to the bombing and war and deliver the food, medical relief, and most importantly the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST.

There is so much to process from this trip, both physical and spiritual. I will continue to relay to you the different aspects and impact of this trip upon the Sudan ministry. This is the beginning of a new season in the ministry as the LORD continues to expand the work in the South and now has opened the North and millions of unreached people.

I want to thank all of you who supported this mission to the North and with your prayers and finances and the full ministry in Sudan. I love you all and through you the name of JESUS CHRIST is being proclaimed and exalted and the captives are being set free through the one TRUTH, the gospel of JESUS CHRIST. I ask you to continue your support of the LORD’S work in Sudan. The challenges will be more difficult and the mountains steeper as the enemy is overcome by the KING.

I love you all and stay tuned for part 2 of “Somewhere in Sudan”.

Philippians 2:3-11 (NASB)

Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mindregard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in CHRIST JESUS, who, although HE existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with GOD a thing to begrasped, but emptied HIMSELF, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, HE humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, GOD highly exalted HIM, and bestowed on HIM the name which is above every name, 10 so that at the name of JESUS every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and that every tongue will confess that JESUS CHRIST is LORD, to the glory of GOD the FATHER.

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