Wednesday, October 7, 2015

God's Word Alive and Active: a Pastor's Report from South Sudanese Refugee Camps

Here in the West, knowledge is everywhere, easy to find. It only requires a quick google search. If you are Christ follower, you have your choice of churches to attend, ministry opportunities, Christian programs for your marriage, teenager, or child. There are books, blogs, and materials to strengthen your faith. For my friend, Rev. John Chol Daau and his brothers and sisters in the refugee camps along East Africa, such opportunities for theological advancement are a holy privelege, one that he and his colleagues are working tirelessly to bring to his people. When you are a refugee or displaced person, life in the camp is closed. Access to programs, libraries, the internet is often impossible. Knowledge, wisdom, training, the opportunity to attend classes, or visits from friends are precious indeed. 

In that we are saturated with information, we often take it for granted. John's ministry reminds us how the revelation of Christ and the wisdom he brings is something that changes lives. Something that people live and die for. Something that builds and restores cultures. John is working to bring theological training to teachers and pastors in various refugee camps, where computers, and electricity are scarce.

God's Word is alive and active...

Ayilo 11 Refugee Camp South Sudan

Traditional "Prayer Synagogue" South Sudanese Anglican Church

I am proud of the work he is doing and excited to see how God always meets his people, whether they are learning God's Word in a Anglican style cathedral or South Sudanese style synagogue, whether they are learning through dance, word of mouth, or their smart phone, Jesus always finds a way to reach us and his Word is always the same, "I have come so that you may have life and have to it the full," (John 10:10). 

How can we share the wisdom we have been given? Who can we reach? Who, in all the dribble of information we receive, is still longing for the life-giving truth of God? The person of Jesus is alive and active, working through all mediums and cultures to rescue his people. If we know him, lets share him with others. If we've been blessed with the wisdom of God pass it on.

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