Last year on July 9, South Sudan officially separated from Sudan and became an independent country. Before this separation the country of Sudan had been in a vicious civil war that left more than 2 million people dead and 6 million people homeless. The fighting, hunger and disease left thousands of women and orphans with no place to go. After over 20 years of war there are many who are in need. Harvesters Reaching the Nations has a program set up to not only give homes to orphans but also an education and healthcare to the surrounding community.
I personally am drawn to orphans because I know that my family is the main reason I became a believer in Jesus. I want to be able to go to these children and be the family that they do not have. I want to share with them the saving power of Jesus’ name where they can one day use it to bring true peace to their country.
Since I was a kid I wanted to be a missionary. I do not know what drew me to the idea, perhaps all it was a good excuse to see the World. Whatever the reason I first began to desire to be a missionary doesn’t really matter now, because there came a time when I had to choose if I wanted to be of the World or of the Word. I chose to give my entire life to God and through that decision he has called me to be used in a specific way to bring people his Good News. Many have told me that there are people all around me who need to hear his Word and that I do not have to travel around the World to share it. I agree there are many here that need Jesus, but I believe that there are people who God has called specifically to reach those people. Luke 10: 2 says, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” I want to be a part of the harvest, I am willing to be a laborer and this is where I feel God calling me at this time.
This post is because I want people to understand that this decision to visit South Sudan for a month is in response to a deep yearning within me to see Jesus in the face of these African children. I pray that from this month God will give me a clearer vision as to how he would like to use me in the future.
In Christ’s Love,