South Sudan Partnership 2015 #4

Sunday.
The Lord’s Day.
The Sabbath.

It’s time for worship!  Our team was invited to join our sisters and brothers from the South Sudan Presbyterian Evangelical Church (SSPEC) for worship in six sites this morning, and that meant some degree of uncertainty and anticipation for each of us as we considered the tasks of crafting a message geared to strangers, preaching with a translator, and entry into a whole new congregational and cultural ethos.  Poor Ruth had to preach to a room with a bunch of pastors sitting behind her.  Several congregations heard a woman pastor for the first time.

Fortunately, God’s promise about being with us in times of uncertainty is true…and we were blessed in multiple ways.  We preached in all kinds of churches, ranging from a smallish gathering of a few dozen to a camp for Displaced Persons which hosted a service for more than two thousand; many people groups were represented, and all ages were present.

The Lologo church, which hosted Sharon today.

The Lologo church, which hosted Sharon today.

Inside the Lologo church building.

Inside the Lologo church building.

I was humbled to speak to the more than 2000 souls who gathered at the UN Protection Mission.  Here are a few of your siblings in the Lord...

I was humbled to speak to the more than 2000 souls who gathered at the UN Protection Mission. Here are a few of your siblings in the Lord…

Our afternoon was spent swapping stories of our trips and catching up on naps.  We were surprised and gratified to discover that Michael Weller, PCUSA Regional Liaison for the Horn of Africa, has checked into our Guest House and able to join us for dinner.  We truly benefited from his wise counsel and enjoyed hearing his perspective on some of the recent history in South Sudan.

With Michael Weller

With Michael Weller

One of the gifts that Ruth has brought to the group is a passion for all things vegetative.  That’s meant trips to the fruit market and fresh pineapple, bananas, oranges, and watermelon.  It was a delightful way to end a deep and rich and inspirational day.

What a great way to end a January day that saw the thermometer climb past 100°!

What a great way to end a January day that saw the thermometer climb past 100°!

One thought on “South Sudan Partnership 2015 #4

  1. Dave, How awesome to be able to speak to those that probably haven’t heard the Word often in such a setting! I know you were inspiring!!!

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