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Signs along the way...

As we traveled through South Sudan and Uganda last month, we saw the following signs:

"Mummy Care Infant School" (a tad bit smothering in their mothering, perhaps... or, a promise to preserve your baby while you're away at work?)

"SLAP: Support for Least Advantaged Persons" (with support like that, who needs enemies?)

"Mo Gas" and "Mo Petrol" (as in "we need to get some more gas"...made us think of our friend Rodney in Colorado!)

Sadly, we also see signs of subtle, but steady, deviation from the truths taught in Scripture.  Increasing separation of families, loosening of morals, and more concern with common sense (that is, accept foreign aid even if it promotes non-Biblical values) than the omniscience of God.  The plans of Satan are not new, and we "are not unaware of his schemes" (2 Cor 2:11).  Pray that as we live amongst the children and youth here at Harvesters, we will be faithful to do and say what Jesus shows us, so that these future leaders may "continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." (Col 2:6-7)

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:16

Errands with a Tall Man

Today we went "public," posting flyers announcing the job opening of laboratory tech for the new clinic and hospital.  I was accompanied to town by one of the pastors from Harvesters, who is from the Dinka tribe.  As you may know, they are the tallest people group in the world (Manut Bol, NBA star, was also Dinka).  The pastor, self-described as "short," stands a little over 6 feet tall.

He was very helpful, as he could post the flyers well above the other postings on the wall.  Later, we went to meet a Sudanese doctor (from another tribe) whom I had never met.  The pastor said "he's a short man."  I should have learned to consider my source, as a large (nearly six feet as well) African man walked up and introduced himself as the doctor I was to meet!  I can only guess how he would describe those who are truly "height-challenged"...  Our meeting went very well, and I was privileged to have his company as I became acquainted with another doc seeking to better the health of the South Sudanese people.

We are trusting Jesus to bring the right personnel to staff His House of Hope - Bet Eman.  Please pray for protection as we take another tangible step in establishing this hospital-- it has been our experience that as we advance on behalf of the kingdom of God, the enemy reacts.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:16

November happenings...

Our new life continues here in South Sudan!  The hospital construction continues, Jeff sees patients in the clinic (such as cutting a worm out of a man's forehead!), we learn Juba-Arabic, build relationships, worship alongside the people here, figure out life amongst an orphanage, do school, deal with illness (nothing too major thankfully) in our family, plan how to run the hospital, prepare to hire staff, and try to understand what the Lord is teaching us... just to name some of what occupies our days!

We recently had a visit from an Australian doctor and his family, who are thinking of returning next year to partner with us in the work.  Our children got along wonderfully, and we are praying that the Lord will bring them back to South Sudan!

As we live in community here, we are challenged to "with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves" (Phil 2:3).  Thank you for praying with us!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 March 2013 19:16

Which Way?

“Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it.” Isa 30:20-21

Just before leaving for our van trip home, a prayer partner of ours shared this Scripture with us, and it was extremely encouraging.  I may not know the way to go, but Jesus will show us at just the right time.  And, the adversity and affliction we feel are from the Lord, to teach us and test our faith, to lead us to depend on Him more and learn to walk in His way.

Many times in this process, we feel aimless, not sure what purpose we are filling exactly. We have been encouraged by the reminder that “The aim of the missionary is to do God’s will, not to be useful, not to win the heathen; he is useful and he does win the heathen, but that is not his aim. His aim is to do the will of his Lord.” (Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest, Sept 23rd)

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Top Ten Signs that You Live in South Sudan

10.  Worship services involve 5 languages, and it is not uncommon to ask, “Now what language is this song in?” and be told “English.”

9. You actually NEED 4-wheel drive (which you have on your medium-sized van) to get around town, even if it hasn’t just rained—as evidenced by getting stuck at the entrance to the main hospital TWICE when in 2-wheel drive.

8. You have eaten rice and beans at least 180 times in 3 months.

7.  You look at your wife during church and think she’s crying, but then realize it’s just sweat trickling down her face.

6.  You no longer hesitate when you have to stick a key in the electrical outlet to unlock it.

5.  You say to your 5-year-old daughter, “Leave the cobra and come in for lunch.”

4.  You have 3 different cell phone numbers, are familiar with reloading minutes, changing SIM cards, and know the country codes to at least 3 countries.

3. You take flossing and brushing your teeth very seriously because there is no dentist around.

2. You are not surprised when you go to purchase a basic commodity in town and it is “finished,” meaning that they are out of it indefinitely—until the next truck arrives from Uganda… and you don’t bother asking when, because you know no one knows for sure, and because “when” means “where” in Juba Arabic.

1. You see your true need for God’s power in your life, prompting more time in His Word and prayer, confirming that life in South Sudan is “hard on the flesh but good for the soul.” (Quote from E., team coordinator for Pioneers in Yei)

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Our Mission:

Share the gospel of Jesus Christ and strengthen His Church through medical care and education, discipleship, and loving the people of South Sudan as a family.

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