So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of the month Elul, in fifty-two days. It came about when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations surrounding us saw it, they lost their confidence; for they recognized that this work had been accomplished with the help of our God.– Nehemiah 6:15-16
Back in 2009, I (Justin) became familiar with a project called Nehemiah Teams. Myself and two other men spent the summer bringing God’s printed word to a closed country in Southeast Asia, which was sort of a life-changing experience for me. After being arrested and released for doing this work, we were left with no question about God’s unfailing love and provision when we are faithful in doing the work to which he has called us. In the year following this experience, the man who (along with his wife) is in charge of Nehemiah Teams was very instrumental in getting me hooked up with the work in Sudan, which most of you know is now our calling in ministry. While I was in Sudan I was blessed in being able to host another Nehemiah Team in Sudan, which led to experiences that most of you read about in my updates last summer.
Last week I was in Rainsville, Alabama training yet another group from Nehemiah Teams who will spend the summer in Sudan. The training is always exciting and fun, it is hard to explain what it is like to spend five days in a gym full of 150+ college students who are giving up their summer to do the Lord’s work. Please pray for the seven men who will spend this summer in the Kapoeta area working to take the Word of God and the good news of Jesus Christ to areas who still have not heard the gospel.
Although we have been extremely busy, we have been doing alright. I’m writing this letter from Columbus, Georgia where we are visiting Amy’s parents for a few days. We will be leaving soon to speak at some churches in Arkansas, and then head home. Pray for us as we travel, pray that the car will keep surviving through all of the road trips we make. Pray also for Amy and the baby (it’s a boy!), she has been quite the trooper despite all of the sickness and stress of being pregnant.
Our plan for now is to return to Sudan in February, after we’ve had a chance to get some vaccinations for the baby. We have raised about 78% of the monthly partnerships we need to go back to Sudan. Thank you to those of you who have partnered with us financially and through prayer. We have a long way to go, with another $1000/month to raise and the startup expenses for our house (about $50k), but God has been extremely faithful in blessing us with what we need so far. Please keep praying for us as we make the work known, and wait for God’s provision.
Justin and Amy Culp