Catching Up with Pastor Simon: Our First Mobile Messenger

1nbr8440Last week, we had our friends from Kenya come to visit us for a few special events in Charlotte. Pastor Simon, one of our board members and our very first mobile messenger, Benson, our mobile messenger trainer and Pastor Daniel, one of our mobile messengers all came with stories about what the Lord is doing in Kenya and Africa through their work and With Open Eyes.

I sat down with them and asked them to share a little bit of background on how they work with WOE and how they came to know Jesus. They also share a few stories about work they’re doing and how we can specifically pray for them and their work.

Read on to learn how Pastor Simon came to the Lord, why he thinks humility is essential to service and how you can pray for him and his family. Read more

A Trip to Uganda: Wendy’s Story

Earlier this week you read about our coworker and friend Savanna who is on her first trip with With Open Eyes. Today, we’re so happy to have our friend and faithful ministry partner, Wendy. She shares about what she’s looking forward to this week and how she became connected with WOE. Read more

A Trip to Uganda: Savanna’s Story

This week, we have several team members traveling to Uganda to aid in work happening in refugee camps. We are grateful for their hard work and covering them with prayer as they come alongside pastors and churches who are preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ under difficult circumstances.

Our team is also taking the time to offer humanitarian aid to Uganda. We’re helping those who need medical attention in the refugee camps, as well as ministering to women and coordinating outreach to children and teens. We are expectant that our team will come back with stories of impact to the glory of Jesus!

But this trip is special for two women who are traveling with us this week. Savanna and Wendy are first-timers in traveling with WOE. Because they’ll offer fresh and unique perspective on this trip, we sat down with both of them before they left and asked them a few questions about how they were feeling and what they were looking forward to on this trip.

Savanna’s story is below, and we’ll share Wendy’s later this week! We’ll also be catching up with both women after they get back to hear about all that God did on their travels! Read more

Mobile Messenger Training Update

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of God will stand forever. ~ Isaiah 40:8

For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.  ~ Hebrews 4:12

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UN and Ugandan government cut food rations amid influx of South Sudanese refugees

A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson

(Photo: A young South Sudanese refugee cooks food at a camp in northern Uganda Photo: UNHCR/Will Swanson)

 

A recent article on UN.org reports that the UN and Ugandan government cut food rations amid influx of South Sudanese refugees. It goes on to say – “Around 200,000 refugees who arrived in Uganda prior to July 2015 will have their food rations or cash assistance reduced by 50 per cent from this week,” according to a joint press release issued by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the World Food Programme (WFP) and Uganda’s Office of the Prime Minister. Read more

Jan Care Nursery School Supports Refugees

Jan Care NurseryThe Refugee Settlement in Kiryandongo, Uganda is home to over 45,000 people, primarily women and children, who have been forcibly displaced by war and persecution in South Sudan. Many are fragmented families and orphaned children who have lost their relatives in the war.

The Settlement provides some shelter and land, but it is up to the refugees to sustain themselves and build a new life. Few schools are available, but most little children cannot attend because the facilities are too far to walk and too expensive. The nearest primary school is over 5 kilometers away from their compound within the Settlement.

Our Ministry Partner, Pastor Sosthen, who also fled South Sudan with his family, is on a mission to share the Gospel of Jesus with the people as they begin to restore their lives. Pastor Sosthen has been instrumental in establishing a community within the Settlement and constructing a church and homes for the people, but his heart has been especially burdened for the children.

Seeing the vulnerable children wandering from day break to sunset when they should be in school, he went to the leaders of the Settlement, nearby teachers, the UN and other non-governmental organizations to ask for help in educating the young ones within his community. No one was able to offer support. Read more

Here We Grow Again

Blog 6 photoThis past Saturday we were thrilled to add to our number of Mobile Messengers as our Bible School graduation was held in Namanga, Kenya. Among the graduates were three new Mobile Messengers from neighboring Tanzania, who were commissioned to go and share the good news of Jesus among their countrymen.

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Tuesday Testimonies

Remember those old time testimony services churches used to hold from time to time? I remember leaving those services encouraged and emboldened in the Lord by the testimonies I had heard. We pray these few testimonies of God’s goodness and grace from our Mobile Messengers will bless you as much as they have us. Enjoy!

“Serving God in the remote areas of South Sudan where there is no school, medical center, money and water is quite challenging. What motivates me to press on is when I see a soul coming to Christ.”   ~ Mobile Messenger Alex, South Sudan

“I was Muslim since birth and am now married. My wife requested me to gather with you but I refused. Today I am pleased to give you my thanks for your evangelistic outreach; my life was transformed some weeks ago. In fact, the Holy Spirit of God arrested me and transformed my life.” ~ Shabani, a former Muslim as shared with Mobile Messenger Jean Baptiste

 

 

Helping Heroes

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. My grandsons are enamored with Batman, Spiderman, Hulk and Thor. As they get older their idea of what heroes are will change. For many, we find our heroes throughout the pages of scripture. Abraham, Moses, David and the Apostles are all larger-than-life figures we come to admire greatly.

Last week in Africa we spent our time with a group of heroes. Pastors Simon and Ben in Kenya, Morris in Sudan, Levi in South Sudan, Ananie in Rwanda and Sosthen in Uganda along with the 257 Mobile Messengers they lead are being used mightily by God as they take the gospel message to their countrymen. They are truly modern day heroes of the faith and the real heroes of With Open Eyes. We marveled as we heard story after story of hardship, persecution and monumental challenges being overcome in order to advance the message of hope.

We’ve shared the story of Sosthen’s move from South Sudan to the refugee settlement in Uganda because of fierce tribal conflicts. Also from the Nuba Mountain region of Sudan, Pastor Morris and his wife were able to join us for part of our time. There they shared with us the many difficulties they face in their day-to-day lives, often having to flee their home to hide in nearby caves to escape the bombings. But they and their group of Mobile Messengers remain steadfast and undeterred. Instead of bemoaning their situation, they continually gave God glory for what He is doing in their lives and ministry.

What a privilege we have to partner with these heroes. The opportunity before us is great. The Lord is using our army of Mobile Messengers. Our desire is to resource them for the work before them and to see the Lord raise up even more heroes to be a part of this great ministry. We invite you to join the team of With Open Eyes with your prayers and financial gifts to help these heroes advance the light amidst the darkness.

On Mission – Week 3

Your support of With Open Eyes will help us to reach the unreached people in east Africa. Hear Pastor Sosthen talk about his God-given mission to bring more Mobile Messengers into a camp in Uganda, where approx. 40,000 refugees from South Sudan now reside, most of whom have not even heard the name of Jesus. Can you imagine?

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