Dan will be going to Kapoeta, Sudan on his first E3 "training" trip. He needs to complete 2 training trips in order to be considered a fully trained E3 staff member. Oh, yeah, he also needs to raise 100% of his financial support. Then it's all official. Right now it looks like he'll be in Sudan from September 19-29. This trip will focus on evangelism, discipleship and church planting in Southern Sudan. Two unreached people groups will be targeted: the Toposa people and the Dadinga people. Northern Sudan is almost totally made of Muslim and they are working to bring Isalm to Southern Sudan.
Dan is very excited about this trip. He'll get a chance to help plan and execute the trip from start to finish. He'll lead a team while he's there and have on-the-job training as a church planter while he's there.
We recently received this letter from an E3 Church Planting Coordinator named Nadine who has just returned from a trip to Sudan. This will help to explain the need for a trip to Sudan, as well as the urgent need to cover this trip and its participants in prayer.
"It was a good trip, but I am left with how do I describe/process Sudan? A country of contrasts. Beauty in the midst of total devastation. Friendly people immersed in severe poverty. Remnants of war; abandoned tanks dotting the landscape with beautiful mountains as the backdrop, empty bullet cases laying on the ground, bombed out buildings, and unbelievable worship in a church with a bullet riddled roof. Naked children next to grass huts happily playing. Children running to us with their little bowls to get rice, only to find out that the packages we brought weren’t rice, they were mosquito nets to save their lives from Malaria. Children joyfully collecting termites to eat, and a 3 day old baby lying on a mat on the dirt ground contentedly with his brother. Bringing children with measles who would die if we didn’t bring them to a hospital that didn’t have any medicine. (we bought the medicine) Talking about a girl in the village who was just “cut with a knife” to let the poison out because she was sick, only to find out that EVERY one of the nationals from the local church that we were working with had been through the same thing as a child. Intimidating soldiers giving their life to the Lord and thanking us for coming saying “no one has ever come to talk with them about God before.” How do I describe a place where the only other vehicles belong to the UN and yet we felt safe. Or about witnessing to the people about Gods’ love in a village where 28 people were massacred by the LRA last December. I wish you could see the strength and dignity of the Sudanese women or the interest that men had in talking about the things of God.. I think what I want to remember the most is the people of Sudan. So warm and welcoming with beautiful smiles and handshakes for everyone. I want to remember watching the pain in their faces turn to joy as they realized that God hadn’t forgotten about them when they gave their lives to our all powerful Savior. Sure there were “hard things’ about the trip, but all of those things seem insignificant to the privilege of working side by side with the local pastor, (who is appropriately named Victor), knowing that he would be riding his new bicycle, (that we bought him) 3 hours one way to do the follow up for this village. Seeing his dedication that as “soon as the grass grows” he will be building his tukul there and moving his family because “a shepherd has to be with his sheep.” Sharing the work with the Sudanese Christians is an honor that fades away earthly “conveniences” and brings a realization of shame for ever having thought of them as important. Yes in Sudan there is beauty amongst devastation, but there is also His kingdom shattering the darkness! Kor Ingles Sudan is a tiny drop on the map of the world, but God’s kingdom broke in there and there are now 256 people in Sudan who turned to the Lord in the midst of their suffering and now have the Hope that only He can give."