ABDUCTIONS and TAXES AMONGST FAMINE and CIVIL WAR in SOUTH SUDAN
Christians Abducted Eight South Sudanese staff members of Samaritans Purse have been abducted near Mayendit in Unity State of South Sudan, some 680km northeast of the capital, Juba. According to Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang: "The rebels attacked and abducted eight local staff from Samaritan's Purse and they are being held to ransom." However the rebels dismissed the claim of kidnapping as "propaganda". Samaritans Purse confirmed the abductions, but denied that any ransom had been demanded.
More Kidnappings Meanwhile two Indian nationals working in South Sudan's oil fields in Upper Nile were abducted last week, according to Information Minister Michael Makuei. The kidnappers are demanding a ransom of one million dollars from the Chinese owned Dar Petroleum Oil Company.
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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.
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
"…Praise the Lord, call upon His Name; declare His deeds among the peoples, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done excellent things; this is known in all the earth." Isaiah 12:4-5
From the Ends of the Earth Participants for this year's Great Commission Course came from as far afield as America, Canada, England, Kenya and New Zealand. Participants wrote that they came to the GCC: "to be empowered, so that I can empower others.", "to learn to be more effective.", "to gain courage and boldness" and for "duty and desire to glorify God."
“Thus says the Lord: "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”Jeremiah 17:5-8
Fruit of Failure “Those countries that enjoy the most civil liberty are those societies where the Gospel of Christ has penetrated the most. The worst violence and oppressionin the world today is raging where Biblical principles have been rejected or neglected.” (Tom Barlow, South Africa: Renaissance or Reformation)
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"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His Name. For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting and His truth endures to all generations."Psalm 100:4-5
We are most grateful to Almighty God for His mercy, provision, guidance and protection throughout this last year. Among the many highlights were Missions to Kenya, Zimbabwe and Egypt, hosting the Eurochor during the Reformation events in Cape Town, invitations to participate in the KwaSizabantu Youth Conference, the Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship Family Conference at Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, Georgia and a record number of new publications completed.
Great Commission Course Our Great Commission Camp began on New Year's Day, 1 Jan, with 76 participants from as far afield as Germany, Malawi, Botswana, Zimbabwe and the United States of America. We were privileged to have three excellent guest speakers, including Don McAlvaney, Rev. Al Baker and George Ochse. Our three week Great Commission Course included: 16 P.T. sessions, 8 hikes, 5 adventure activities, 12 Devotions, 13 Bible Drills, 5 discussion groups, 58 lectures, 21 films, 10 outreaches and 12 church services. The GCC concluded with palletising and loading 24 tonnes of Bibles, New Testaments, Sunday school materials and Bible Study materials to donate to a ministry working throughout Africa.
Putting Feet to Your Faith Just in time for our Great Commission Camp, we received back from the printer our new, completely revised, re-designed and updated, Putting Feet to Your Faith book (144 pages). Every participant was given a copy of this foundational Discipleship book.