Dear friends and family, my last report came out of being here only a day or two… Since Monday I have been in teaching and meetings and preparation between 10 to 14 hours a day. Thanks to God that I am doing well and thanks for your patience for my report to you about what’s happening.
Here’s some highlights and it’s a little longer than normal…
Included were two coworkers from Malawai, one graduate student soon to return to Nigeria, five pastors and staff who work regularly in Nairobi slums, and three Sudanese leaders (one returning Episcopal Bishop).
I was definitely the minority.
Let me tell you one story of a Sudanese brother named Joseph.
Over our Lebanese dinner, he went on to tell me that he had taken the two KS lessons we had experienced last August and had been teaching those same two lessons to many different groups in the camp. They have loved it. Five of the participants gave their life to Jesus after one group did the Creation story lesson together.
His commitment to his call touches me deeply. His family was all killed by Muslim invaders from the north over a period of 10 years. In addition, he has been miraculously supported in his college years, just enough to get by, but does not have any long term advocates or surrogate parents. He told me over and over that money doesn’t matter, that he was called and he would do whatever it took to bring the truth of God in the Bible to the people in this camp.
It has been on the heart of myself and Kirk Parker, the Sudan team leader of UPPC/KS’s East Africa volunteer, that we would have a way to share the KS with the Sudanese. Going to Sudan itself may be a few steps away, but supporting Joseph in his call to the camps may be near indeed. I have arranged with our bishop friends from Sudan as well as with one of the deans of Joseph’s college here, to try and come alongside and mentor him before he graduates next year.
Joseph appears to the world to have nothing, but he has everything.
Thank you for your prayers… I leave for Meru, the second city and leg of our teaching tomorrow. So many things have happened, so many doors are opening.