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9 July, marks a monumental answer to prayer as South Sudanese celebrate the 9th anniversary of their successful struggle for self-determination and secession from the Arab North. It was a major victory against the oppressive Sharia law of the National Islamic Front government of Sudan.
Date with Destiny
9 July, in South Sudan, marks a date with destiny. It celebrates the culminative effect of many years of intensive prayer, worldwide publicity, international pressure and missionary partnership with courageous persecuted Christians in South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39
Mourning in Moruland
Our very good friend, Rev. Canon Kenneth Kilaki Baringwa, of the Episcopal Church of Sudan, has gone to be with the Lord. He died in Juba at Freedom International Hospital and his body will be transported back to his home town of Mundri for burial at Christ Cathedral. He was born 1 January 1946 and passed into eternity on Tuesday, 28 January 2020.
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"All the ends of the world shall remember and turn to the Lord and all the families of the nations shall worship before You. For the Kingdom is the Lord's and He rules over the nations." Psalm 22:27-28
Below is contained a report on our most recent mission in January and February to refugee populations from the worst holocaust of the 21st century, perpetrated by the government of Sudan on the peoples of Darfur, the Nuba Mountains and Blue Nile. The journey began in Juba, South Sudan and quickly moved North into Sudan and then Chad.
“Cush will submit herself to God.” Psalm 68:31
In the Bible, the land of Cush (present day Sudan) is referred to 52 times, making it the second most mentioned place in Scripture. People of Cush have been submitting themselves to God for centuries. In fact, Southern Sudan is the oldest Christian community in Africa. For more than 60 years now, they have been a bulwark holding up the southward expansion of Islam in Africa. The first leg of the mission our team moved over 1400lbs of Bibles, solar powered Bibles, Jesus Film kits, ECS courses and other discipleship materials from Juba, South Sudan to Yida Refugee Camp which is approximately 14 miles from the border of North Sudan. Below is an overhead shot of Yida Refugee Camp, home to over 90,000 homeless people from 65 tribes and approximately 90 people groups.
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The enemy tactics of confuse, divide and conquer have created havoc in newly independent South Sudan. 9 July, marked the 5th anniversary of the Independence of South Sudan, yet there was little to celebrate as intertribal violence has continued to rage between the Nuer followers of Riek Machar and the government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir. During the long war, Riek Machar and his forces served as surrogates for the Arab government of Sudan, who armed and aided them while they waged scorched earth campaigns against the neighbouring Dinka tribe, destroying vast amounts of cattle and looting livestock.
To the Egyptians, Sudan was known as the land of Cush: the source of ivory, incense, ebony, gold and slaves. Sudan was subjected to numerous Egyptian trading and raiding forays until the 8th century BC. Then Cush grew to be a great power, and under their King Piankhi the Cushites conquered Egypt in 712BC. The Assyrians later invaded and seized Egypt from Cushite control in 671BC.
The influences of Egypt, Greece, Rome and India are evident in the temples, tombs and pyramids built in Northern Sudan. The cursive Meroetic script of the Cushite kingdom still remains undeciphered and so most of its history remains mysterious.
The first Sudanese to be converted to Christ was the treasurer of Queen Candace in AD 37 (Acts 8:26-40).
During the 3rd Century many Egyptian Christians fled to Sudan during the persecutions of the Roman emperors Decius (AD 250) and Diocletian (AD 297). A strong Christian community was flourishing in Philae from at least AD 350. Crosses and other Christian objects have been found in the royal tombs of Meroe dating back to the 5th Century.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it." Proverbs 3:5-6, 27
We have been in the field for 5 months and are now in our 6th month of ministry on this Africa Overland Mission. We have completed our ministry in South Sudan. We have travelled more than 20,000km and have had many great opportunities to minister to soldiers who protect South Sudan's northern borders, train and equip army chaplains, and conduct seminars with pastors, Evangelists, and lay leaders. We have conducted a total of 335 services, outreaches and other meetings so far, of which 150 were in South Sudan.
Dear Friends and Family
Greetings in the precious and powerful Name of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ!
I trust that God has been taking care of you back home in the same way as He has been taking care of us out here in the field.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it."Proverbs 3:5-6, 27
Dear Friends and Family
Greetings in the precious and wonderful Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
We hope and pray that all is well with you at home.
"And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the Day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ - to the glory and praise of God." Philippians 1:9-11
Dear Friends and Family
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I trust that you are all well.
We are all in good health and the morale of our team is still in good shape.
In this last month we have had some amazing and contrasting experiences as we ministered God's Word across the equator, travelled through the majestically magnificent Rift Valley, had some near death experiences, and shared the Gospel with remote people groups.
"'Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the Lord Almighty." Zechariah 4:6