East Africa is a turbulent area in desperate need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, but it’s also an area where it’s hard for missionaries from the west to enter. Though it’s possible for missionaries to travel to some of the countries (like South Sudan), other countries are totally closed for western missionaries.
There are, however, many fervent followers of Jesus in those areas and many of them are also more than willing to take the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their own regions and beyond. What they need is someone to send them out and give them the proper training they need. Mission1040.com already has several active evangelists in places like Darfur, Chad, South Sudan, Kenya and Egypt, but we need to see a new generation of pioneers willing to reach the unreached.
One of the countries that we are focusing on now is South Sudan, which borders with Sudan, where out of the 164 people groups living there, 128 are considered unreached with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is according to the latest updates from Joshua Projects 2000. This means that 78% of all the people groups in the country is considered unreached.
Pioneer training in South Sudan
Because of this I am going to South Sudan in a few days to train new evangelists in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ - not only with words but with the signs and wonders that should accompany the Gospel.
Though there are many Christians in Africa it is also said that African Christianity is one mile wide and one inch deep. This is a burden on the hearts of our workers in these areas. They want to see a new generation of evangelists that have a passion for reaching the unreached and not only for their own success here in life.
Some years ago I was in South Sudan and after a very short training we did there with some of the young people we saw amazing results. Even though we had no crusade meetings, hundreds of people got saved, people got healed and demons were cast out. After coming home again I got reports that the young people were still practicing what they had learned and that the Gospel was being preached, the sick were being healed and oppressed people set free.
This time my focus is not just to preach about evangelism, but to train people to train others again. This means that more time is required so that the teaching sinks deeper into their hearts.
Please pray for South Sudan! The country is going through a difficult time in many ways, and there has been turbulence in several places. However, the God of peace is able to bring healing and restoration when we turn to Him in prayer.
I am very happy to have Geoffrey Muthinja from Kenya joining me on this trip. He is a good friend and has a lot of experience with doing mission in those areas. He has been one of Mission1040.com co-workers for many years and will also be helping with the teaching during our time there.
We urge you to stand together with us in reaching the unreached and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to an area which really needs an encounter with the Prince of Peace. Humanistic help is good and will feed the hungry stomachs, but for a nation to change there needs to happen a change in the heart of the people. When people’s hearts change, they in turn bring change to their societies.
The Gospel has the power to bring change to the darkest corners of the earth but in order for it to happen someone needs to proclaim it. You can help us train the workers there by praying for us and also by supporting financially what we do. Because of the situation in the country, South Sudan is an expensive place to travel to, and it’s not because it’s a luxurious travel destination.
Pray for God’s protection and God-given ability to really make a change in the hearts of those new evangelists. Pray for the country, the Christians that are living there and for the churches. Let us together reach the unreached by training the local people to reach their own people groups.