In my life, I strive to be a servant. My first job was a custodial job at a church. It was great! Yes, I had to clean some rather gross and disgusting things, I had to move the same chairs 2 or 3 times for one event, and I had to be up there at night, which can be extremely creepy. But those were certainly outweighed by the fact that I was helping the church function. Later on I realized that I had a crucial role in how people worshiped when they came to church. If the pews were filled with gum and peppermint wrappers from Sundays past, then whoever sat there would be frustrated or grossed out and unable to give full attention to worshiping God. Though it may seem like small things, as it did to me, I realize the importance of serving.
Going to Terekeka, South Sudan allows me to serve God in a new way. At this complex, which is fairly new, they are beginning to take in more children that have no family or the family cannot provide for them. They are also beginning the construction of a school where not only the orphans can learn, but children from all over the area. And the people are excited! You see, in Terekeka, people are flocking to the complex. They are providing for the needs of the people and in return God is granting them the ability to share the gospel with these children while attending the school and caring for them in the orphanage.
Am I going to South Sudan because it is the only place I can serve? No. I am going because God is sending me. I am answering as Isaiah did in Isaiah 6:8, “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?’ And I said, ‘Here I am. Send me!” I pray that I stay faithful in my service to my God. In Christ’s Love, Josh