Tuesday, August 27, 2013

August 30, 2013 Newsletter

Chuck preparing for Bible Study in Ohilong

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen – Philippians 4:19-20

At the beginning of August I (Justin) went to South Sudan for a survey trip. I spent five days in Lohutok with Chuck and Shelly (our team leaders) and I don’t know how the trip could have gone any better.

My first day in Lohutok, Chuck and I sat down and talked about my role on this team, how he saw us fitting with the work in Lohutok. Anyone who knows me, or has heard me speak, knows that I love doing administrative and logistical work. Chuck’s vision for our future involves us helping with the evangelism and discipleship ministries in the surrounding unreached villages, but it also involves me helping with recruiting, strategizing and organizing for our team. There are about ten unreached people groups within close proximity to Lohutok, and it will be a good area to base out of as we work to help start church planting movements in this part of the country.

I also got to look around at the various options for where our family will live when we return to Lohutok. There were a few options, but one stood out from the rest. Many of you know that we have been trying to raise a huge sum of money for house construction, but in Lohutok there was a house that is already almost finished. The man who owns the house lives in Juba. He built the house for himself, but for some reason decided not to stay in the village, and he’s excited to have someone come use the house and build the church! The amount we agreed on for rent is super low, and the money we will spend finishing the house is about 25% of what we were planning to spend.

We also got a good lead on getting a vehicle for our family. Like everything else, the cost is going to be somewhere around one-third of what we had estimated. Basically, when I left for Sudan I thought we were nowhere close to our startup needs, and now we have about $21,000 of the $37,000 that we need! Thank you all so much for giving and praying. We are planning to go as a family in November after Ezekiel gets the last of his vaccinations. Until then, please pray that God would provide the last of what we need to finish the house, travel back to the field, and get a vehicle for our family.

Girls grinding grain into flour

September Prayer Calendar and Pictures

A few days ago I sent out the September prayer calendar.  Click here if you would like to download the calendar!  Here are the pictures that I sent out with that calendar.