Monday, December 5, 2022
On Saturday we visited three very remote villages to bring food. The first two were recent church plants by George and Boniface. They had come in November to show the Jesus film and share the gospel. Many people in both villages came to Christ as a result and George and Boniface appointed a pastor in each place. This trip was to provide food, share the gospel and bring a bible for the pastors who are some of the few who can read. This first village is called Kangataruk and the pastor is James Losike.
We were greeted by an enthusiatic children's choir on our arrival.
There are no chairs in this place so the men sit on little carved wooden stools called echecholongs, and the women and children sit on the sand. Fortunately, my driver Paul brought along one for me so I could sit with the men.
Pastor Boniface led the village in saying thank you to all who donated to bring them food. So this is for you!
We moved from there to the village of Amayen, the second church plant. To do that, we had to cross a major river that, although it is dry in this season, still poses challenges to vehicles. We scouted the route on foot first and then, confident we could cross without too much trouble headed over.
As we were crossing the river, we came across a couple of boys at a waterhole. These hand-dug wells are the only means to get water in this drought, but they can be dangerous the further down you have to dig.
We finally arrived in Ameyen, the second church plant.
Boniface also gave a bible to the pastor of this church - James Erukudi
From Ameyen we again took the trackless road to a village neither George nor Boniface had been yet called Nabenyo. They had been invited by a man from that village who was supposed to meet us to take us there. However, he had urgent business elsewhere and never showed. This is a village where George and Boniface want to plant a church. We finally arrived where we were greeted by the headman over the area who said that even though they didn't know us or who invited us, we were welcome in their home.
We were probably most welcome because we brought food. After we distributed the food, I noticed George engaged in conversation with an older woman who was leaving with her food. I asked him what the conversation was about and he told me she said that last night she didn't know if she would die or eat the next day, but thanks to the team she is going home to prepare her meal.
Thanks again for your support of this work. Our team is continuing the famine relief even as I am headed to Matete to start our conference. Click on this link
to donate for famine relief.