We’ve done lots of travelling lately. Caleb is getting a little big for the “Infant In Lap” option though!
We’re finally going back to Lohutok. After lots of waiting and talking with our leadership about security issues, we finally got the clearance to go back this week. Of course, the best we can do is to say, “As things stand now, it’s okay to go back” understanding that it could change again any time. Regardless, we bought our tickets and are departing from St. Louis on June 6th. That gives us a few weeks to close up the house we’re staying in, pack our things, say goodbye to family and friends, and make one last trip to Orlando for team recruiting, and then we’ll be off!
The last month has been a pretty busy one for us. We went to Orlando for a week in March to try and meet/recruit new members for our team. At the end of that week we flew back to Kansas City, and I (Justin) left the next morning with our sending church pastor to drive BACK to Orlando for a Church Partner Forum. We had to drive because of some medical issues with the pastor, it was a really good trip. We spent three days thinking through Indian Avenue Baptist Church’s role in international missions, and how they could be more involved in the South Sudan work and in the Great Commission overall.
Two days after we got back from Orlando, I got the call from our leadership saying that we could plan on returning to Lopit in May. I immediately started making plans for our return, and it ended up being the first week of June just because of the difference in ticket prices.
There are still some things that we need in order to function well as a church-planting team in the Lopit, mainly team mates. Will you join us in praying that the Spirit would raise up some people to come to Lohutok who are willing to stay for a while, learn a language only spoken by 70,000 people, and start doing evangelism and discipleship with us?
Justin, Amy, Ezekiel and Caleb Culp
Ezekiel insisted on going to “Big Church” this week, probably because daddy had been gone for a while and just got home. Antioch had a couple of kids getting baptized that Sunday, and Ezekiel had lots of questions.