This is an email that was forwarded to me today.
They arrived in Kenya Friday morning. with little trouble – and praise God, all the luggage arrived. They were very excited.
Once in Narobi, they were picked up by Gabriel from ACTS who gave them a ride to a Presbyterian mission where you met up with the rest of their team including Ruth James (HPBC), Patricia Caroon (e3), Ky Azlein (Oregon), Dan Berryman (e3) and Todd Szalkowski (e3). Their biggest concern was the weight limit, due to the charter flight from Narobi into Sudan, They felt they were way over the weight limit and began resuffling things to get their weight down. They grouped it into necessary luggage and optional luggage. After arriving at the airport, the airline, African Inland Missions, had five extra passengers for the flight, so they had to take a 32 person plane versus 12 person plane. Unfortunately, they only flew into Loki and then had to transfer to a 12 passenger plane. They had to wait 2 hours for the other plane, and felt that they would have to leave their optional luggage. But God was faithful, and because the plane had used up enough fuel flying to Loki, the plane’s weight was reduced, and they were able to take all their luggage. Praise God.
When they flew into Kapoeta Sudan they were supposed to be met by David Kaya, their pastor there. They arrived in Kapoeta, Sudan late Friday afternoon, but David was no where to be found. He had to travel quite a distance over very rough roads so there was concern for his safety. In addition, he was supposed to pick them up and take them to their camp. God again delivered by giving Jonas, the camp manager at Camp Mango, where they were staying a message. He saw their plane coming in, and felt told by God that he should go pick up the team. Praise Jesus for his timing! At 9:30 pm Friday, David and his translators showed up. They were delayed 4-5 days due to the rough roads. They also had two simultaneous flat tires along the way. Satan does not what this team to succeed, but God is delivering them through these challenges.
They are all in good health and doing well. Their translators are amazing. At one point they had to translate from English to Arabic to Toposa to Dinka in order to communicate with some people.
Here are some praises they shared.
· They have shared the with 96 people and 39 made professions of faith.
· They are going to be able to show the Jesus film at the African Inland Church in Kapoeta tonight.
1) They really need at least 6 more strong Christian translators.
2) God will continue to lead them to the people that are ready to hear the Gospel.
3) Specifically pray for Maria in Kormachi, to prepare her heart, because she seems like a key person in Kormachi that can be critical to spreading the Gospel.
4) Each person on the team is listening to voice of God and obeying.
5) Pray that the chief in Kormachi will be receptive to them and give them permission to share the Gospel in his village. They leave tomorrow morning at 7:30am to begin that phase of their mission.
6) Pray for safe travel on bad roads.
7) Pray for health and safety for all involved that that Satan will be bound while they do the Lord’s work.
Thanks to everyone involved in praying, sending, and supporting those who hear the call to go to the ends of the earth to share the Lord's message and reach the lost for Christ.