Just to give a little update on our trip, we have finalized our flight tickets and we will be leaving on the 14th of October and returning on the 14th of November. We have also sent off for our visas, so that is making us very excited.
I also wanted to share something that God brought to my mind tonight. I was at a Pre-Teen camp held at The Big Country Camp(bigcountrycamp.com) and Shane Pruitt(shanepruittministries.com) was going over Genesis 3 and the fall of man. Since South Sudan is only about 2 and a half months away, my mind has been on that and the ministry Gail and I will be doing there. While looking over Genesis 3 I began to think about the first missionary trip. Not the one recorded in the book of Acts, but the one in the Old Testament, the true first cross-cultural mission experience that is found in Genesis 3. I believe this to be the first missionary journey because it took place right after the introduction of sin into the world. Right after the acknowledgement of their nakedness Genesis says this, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, ‘Where are you?” (Genesis 3:8-9)
Now before we really dive into this, how amazing would it be to be able to heard God walking around? What a privilege Adam and Eve had to know God in that intimate of a state in their human form.
But I digress. God’s stroll in the cool of the day was certainly no accident. He was looking for Adam because we see that he later calls out for him. It is here that a perfect, holy, blemish-free God is searching for something that is completely foreign to him, an imperfect, unholy, blemished human. The conversation that takes place after all of this is one that crosses 2 different cultures, a pure culture and a culture of sin.
See, God knew already what had taken place. He in fact tells the serpent that a plan has already been put in motion where a human offspring will one day crush the head of the serpent and the serpent will simply bruise the man’s heel. God was not take by surprise but yet he choose to seek out Adam and although consequences followed their choice, the love of God was still shown through allowing the two to live, just not in the garden.
Is this not the same today as it was in the days of Eden? Does the Holy Spirit still not seek out those willing to listen? Are we, as righteous and holy beings because of Jesus Christ, not going out into the broken world to proclaim what is right and good? If God was willing to do this since the very beginning, how can I not do so also?
How can I not go to those that do not even know what it means to have an earthly father let alone a Heavenly one? I must be willing to cross cultures and bring to broken people hope. Hope that there is a God that cares and loves them and never leaves them. Hope that when serving this God, it is not in vain, but for a greater purpose. For the purpose of glorifying the only one worthy to be glorified. Hope that no matter what this life brings, there is reward in heaven for the faithful and a crown of righteousness that will be given to those that stay the faith.
Because of all of this, how can I not go to South Sudan? I am able, I must go.