“I joined the Bible School to learn how to teach and preach the Word of God to others,” beamed Data Samuel as he introduced himself to the other Bible School students. All the students were excited to have the rare opportunity to attend quality training classes offered inside the refugee camp where they are living.
Studying to complete this course will not be easy for any of these young men, but for Data it will be very difficult. Each of these men have faced many hardships and losses in their young lives. Data, however was involved in a tragic accident in 1985, which left him a double amputee.
Data and his wife Charity were traditionally married in 2005. They fled South Sudan as non-believers, but like so many others, they came to know Christ as Savior in the resettlement camp (in 2017). The couple have 6 beautiful children, and are expecting another one soon.
Data leads a Bible study class at Joy Baptist Church in Waka Village of Zone 3 in Palorinya. He supports his family by carpentry and farming. Charity had a small shop in the market, selling salt, sugar and soap, but was recently robbed and has not been able to reopen.
James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
Data has persevered through many trials, his faith is very strong, and he is noticeably full of joy. He states, “people talk about how bad my accident was, but I know it is all about God.” Now that’s what I call considering your trials “pure joy”.