This is a question that we are asked frequently. Although there has been no military battle fought in Akot, we are experiencing many setbacks as a result of the political crisis. The two sides that are warring for political control are lead by men from two different tribes. Tension, that has always existed between the two largest tribes in South Sudan, the Dinka and the Nuer, was ignited immediately into mass killings. Though there have been no such events in Lakes State, we have seen an increase in fighting, resulting in deaths, between clans and sub-clans in and around Akot. At this moment almost all of the men have fled the area, leaving only the women and children. Revenge killings are common and create a cycle of violence that has no hope other than Jesus.
Most missionary work in South Sudan has been forced to close due to the insecurity. Because our leaders and staff are all indigenous people from the village of Akot, we are able to continue working toward our long term vision of transforming a community into a self-sufficient Christ-centered community. We are doing this through men and women’s discipleship groups, developing pastors, educating children, empowering women, starting small businesses and farming. This is only possible through the generous gifts of believers who want to partner with us in building the kingdom in South Sudan.
Meet our precious Yabin. She is the daughter of one of our original Bible ladies. Yabin is completely deaf. She is attending Abundant Life Primary School and has recently begun to try to speak. She always has a big smile on her face.
Each school day begins with a Bible story, discussion, and prayer. Elizabeth, from our Women’s Ministry, leads devotions at Living Water Primary. She composes songs and dances to Bible stories and teaches them to the children. I am always amazed to hear the spiritual depth of the prayers of these children. I shouldn’t be, because Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.” Matthew 11:25-26.
Macuoc is another daily attendee at Akot Christian Ministries. His mother teaches sewing. Macuoc means “man of God”. He can usually be seen carrying his little brother, Laat, on his hip. Laat means “Sunday”. Caring for an infant is a typical responsibility given to a child large enough to physically carry the baby.