“We have lost direction and hope for the future since we were here without studies”, stated young Abraham Panyar at a meeting in Paloc, called by former students of Abundant Life Primary. Abraham, a fifth grader, spoke boldly and passionately for his classmates. He went on to explain that the children were determined to meet daily to continue their tradition of morning prayer, Bible story and singing. They had formed their own school, even though they had no teachers or school supplies. Abraham expressed the need for these children to continue to be discipled. The older children were taking responsibility for teaching the younger. As a result of seeing the determination of these precious young disciples, two displaced teachers began to volunteer their time to carry on their studies.
A clan fight resulted in 600 families fleeing Akot in early Spring of this year. Among these families were 150 primary school students. The displaced families made their homes under trees, deep in the bush. These families from Akot immediately started 3 churches in Paloc.
Voice of Hope meets at one of the new church sites. Living Water CT is now providing salaries for 2 teachers, a chaplain, 2 cooks, school books and school supplies.
“Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went”. Acts 8:4
“Automatically your feet are beautiful”, stated Abraham after quoting Romans 10:14-15. “How then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard? And how can they hear with out someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.” As I looked around I saw about 100 pairs of bare beautiful feet. They are the future of missionaries of South Sudan, who will take the good news to those who have not heard.
Abraham’s captivating speech continued, “We have come to the land of our ancestors, though it is difficult to live with wild animals all around. Mama Ayen, we are in a horrible life. We are innocent from what our elder brothers are doing.” Abraham explained that all the children were hungry, because of lack of food. That was obvious, as many children displayed visible signs of malnutrition. Through the partnership with Baptist Global Response, Living Water CT has been able to start providing a nutritious daily meal for these precious ones.
Expanding to a new area was definitely not in our plans, or our budget, but God had a different plan. And His are always better than ours.
The UN has named South Sudan “the worst humanitarian crisis in the world right now”. Your prayers and financial support are desperately needed to help our brothers and sisters in Christ get on their feet. If you would like to partner with LWCT financially, you may contribute by mailing a check or by credit card via the website. See below for contact information.
A Biblical Blessing For You
“and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday. The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame”. Isaiah 58:10-11