In this blog we continue our report on the mission’s trip to Southern Sudan.
“Wednesday we had about 20 plus leaders present. I asked if there was a volunteer who was there Monday and willing to share an overview of GPHC. A young man stepped up and I was shocked at how beautifully he articulated the big picture of GPHC. Most of those who attended were young; actually, I did not see very many older people anywhere. I asked the pastor and he told me that many of the older people had been killed in the civil war and 75% of the population was under 23 years old. After this young man shared, I painted the big picture again and noticed how they grasped and understand God’s simple, practical and biblical plan and promise to build His Church.
On Thursday we reviewed and asked questions. They answered with very good feedback and motivation to forsake all and “Go” (Matthew 28:19-20). Many were ready but I explained to them the extensive work ahead in order to complete GPHC training. I told them if anyone wanted to start on the lessons, they could, but only if they had time. I knew that many of them worked and had no electricity. Friday, our last day, I asked if anyone had done any of the lessons; expecting there might be one or two out of the 20 plus attendees, but to my amazement, over half had done several lessons.
Obviously, they had devoted hours working through several of the lessons. I did not even have to explain how to do the lessons to most of them, although some will need guidance to understand and interpret the Scriptures. With this type of hunger, it will be a simple task. Before we finished for the day, heavy rains came again and we had to quickly disband or they would not be able to get home because of the flooded roads.
Our contact, Pastor G. is excited about this teaching which will enable them to plant and grow churches in their extremely adverse conditions of poverty and persecution. Let me give testimony to how God is using this material in other Islamic countries in North Africa and other similar places. For me, this is a high priority because I believe Muslims are the last frontier for the gospel before the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14. We have planned a follow-up trip in September to encourage and see their progress in completing the manual. The local pastor wants to use this as a key teaching tool in their Bible training. We will go back in January 2017 and have a graduation of those who finish, like we have done in other countries. Launching these church planters out into the Muslim world with the Light of Jesus and a strategy that is built solidly upon the Word of God in the power of the Holy Spirit is our priority. I am so thankful for Remember providing me this opportunity and privilege to minister God’s Word to these hungry and devoted leaders who have given all to follow our Savior. This has been a very humbling encounter to be in the presence of devoted men and women of God. To God be the Glory!”
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