It is always so good to be back in South Sudan. Whenever I arrive on the campus, I feel like I am at home!
Just one day after I returned, we celebrated Easter, one of my favorite times of the year. Without Christ’s death and resurrection, I would not be alive today to celebrate. I am so grateful for the freedom from the slavery of sin that we believers have in Him!
In the first chapter of Ephesians, Paul beautifully lays out the numerous blessings we have in Christ. He closes the section with these words, “In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (Eph 1:11-14).
Along with the other Easter festivities going on in Yei, Mama Elizabeth (Dr. Perry’s wife), who had been working with the children for about three months, helped them put on a special dance. She had been teaching them choreography and the 30 children who participated did an awesome job! We are thankful for the time she spent teaching the children to use their creativity through dance.
As I look around the campus in Yei and reflect on the ministry that God has grown here, I am really grateful to see many of our older children, now young adults, preparing for adult life on their own.
In particular, my thoughts ran to Nicholas Lokudu Oliver. He arrived in our orphanage on March 25th, 2002 and we put him in first grade in our school. His mother had died of a snake bite and his father had died on the frontlines during the war. While he had a couple of uncles, no one wanted him. Nicholas is such a sweet boy and he never gave us any trouble.
He finished secondary school last year and has worked for us part-time when we needed help. He struggled in school with his grades but always put forth his best effort. When he finished school, we knew he would not be going to college, but that is ok, it is not for everyone we tell them.
So after some time working for us, we decided to help him start his small business in town. He has a store and sells products to the community; sugar, soap, airtime (internet access) and other household products that come up from Kampala, Uganda to supply his store. I told him if he starts selling his products for the same price as in Yei town, I would buy more from him.
It is such a blessing to see some of our older children taking initiative and starting a business and providing for themselves. We are so excited to see what God does in Nicholas’ life and we pray that he will seek God’s will.
This is what your prayers and support are going towards. Investing in the lives of these orphans when they are young and training them up to be good, godly citizens when they are older.
I am so proud of Nicholas. Many people ask us, “What happens to these children when they grow up?” This is an example. They make life happen here from the love, education, spiritual teaching and training they received at Harvesters when they were children. Thank you so much for partnering with the ministry that God has established through Harvesters in South Sudan.
From the hearts of Mama Lilly, Dennis and Caleb
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