Saturday, May 7, 2011

Our Heart and Vision for working with the people of South Sudan:

Our Calling:
We are called as a family to reach out to the least, the last and the lost, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, revealing that they too can be reconciled to God and have the ministry of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18-20)

Two Burdens Coming together for the same great nation: SUDAN ('Land of the Black People')

God has individually given Thandi and I a burden for the people of Sudan since 2003, four years before we even met one another. Thandi was in her DTS (Discipleship Training School) in South Africa and I was studying geopolitics for my undergraduate degree at Central Wash. University. For me, it was during an essay assignment on a marginalized group of people that led me to hone in on the collective group of Christians across the semi-autonomous southern region.

Regarding the people of South Sudan and their needs, they are a diverse array of peoples with immense needs that will continue for many years to come, even if independence is officially granted in July. The basic necessities of life, water, food and shelter, are constantly under threat due to ongoing instability and internal displacement as the leaders continue to struggle for power and a say in the future of this nation.

We are now also praying and trusting God for the right team to join us, ministering under the auspices and authority of Youth With a Mission (YWAM), but actively building strategic partnerships with other organizations as well. We believe the foundational principles of YWAM as an international and interdenominational organism which puts the Great Commission as number one priority to be Biblical and holding the DNA to actively disciple a nation and its peoples. There is already a Sudanese couple desiring to pioneer a discipleship center in the area we are pursuing, though there is still need for additional team members to see the vision realized and cover the many ministries (ex. street children).

Our Heart and Vision: From South Sudan into the Horn of Africa
The ultimate goal is not to make Christians of the southern Sudanese, but to unlock their minds to see God has equipped them through Christ Jesus to build their nation in righteousness and purpose. In other words, to see the full gospel operate in their daily lives so that the Kingdom of God is uniquely shown among the tribes and then sent out to see other lost tribes/peoples come to a saving relationship with their Lord Jesus that solidifies their identity. We believe the Church in South Sudan has a key inheritance among the surrounding nations, with a particular calling to unlock the keys to redemption among the Somali and other sub-tribes in the little-reached Horn of Africa....and we want to be apart of seeing that come to be!

What we are Doing in South Africa to Prepare for Living and Ministering in South Sudan:

-unreached people group research
-maintaining contact with Sudanese friends/church
-leading teams into the specific region of Sudan, focusing on reaching a marginalized sub-tribe with the full gospel of community development and spiritual maturity through simple church plants
-attending Leading by the Spirit seminars and other local courses (ie SBS) to strengthen our call into pioneering new ministries (Crucial topics incl. spiritual warfare, leading prayer among divisive ethnic groups, and perseverance)
-working with the Prayer Dept. on base to lead community intercession times on Sudan and the Horn of Africa region
-praying for family life and education in South Sudan; seeking out resources for family ministry
-conducting door-to-door ministry and Bible studies in local townships, centering on Jesus’ 7 Major Commands (Repentance, Faith, Love, Pray, Give, Communion and Making Disciples) which we will later implement and build upon in Sudan
-teaching on the Big Picture, a great tool for Oral cultures, to get the gospel across in pictures and helping all peoples to see their place in God’s Story

1 comment:

Steve Loeppky said...

Thanks for laying this out guys. Makes a lot of sense. Good stuff!