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Return to East Africa: One week

As we have been making preparations for our return to South Sudan in January, we have been saddened to hear of fighting along tribal divisions in the army of South Sudan. Our sending agency, Pioneers, and the ministry of Harvesters have been closely monitoring the situation there, and up until December 20th, they felt it was safe for the missionaries in Yei to remain. We were on the phone with our teammates on the ground in South Sudan last week, getting the latest from those in the midst of it. Last Friday, however, our missionary team met, prayed and felt the time had come to close down the hospital and leave for Uganda. They were scheduled to leave on January 2 for a conference in Ethiopia, but felt it was prudent to follow the advice of many to evacuate at this time.

Elizabeth and I have both sensed from the Lord that we are to return to East Africa, but we are uncertain in what capacity and place He will use us. Our hearts long to return immediately to the people of South Sudan and the work of which we were a part of beginning together with the team at His House of Hope Hospital-- but this may not be what God has for us right now. He is Sovereign, and He alone knows the outcome of this situation. We DO know that His goal is not any particular work, but that we and the people of South Sudan know Him Himself.

With that in mind, the guidance we are both sensing is to still plan to leave the US on January 2, fly to Ethiopia, and attend the conference with the rest of our team. We will then proceed to Uganda and reassess the situation for the people and our return to South Sudan (January 11-16). Historically, missionaries seeking to serve the people of South Sudan have spent a considerable amount of their time doing so from the neighboring countries of Uganda and Kenya (there are many refugees who reside there). Perhaps we are entering a time such as this; or, perhaps the Lord will allow continued progress within South Sudan for the sake of those who know suffering too well.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 December 2013 21:06

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