AUGUST 2013 UPDATE
SOUTH SUDAN NEEDS
As I have been in South Sudan with Joseph and Simon, it has become very evident that there are some pressing needs for their ministry to continue to grow. In sharing these, I hope God may lead some of you to get involved and support a great work in this young country, as these men try to shape this culture with the Gospel and love of Christ.
The first is simply some good study material for these two men as they do not have access to any libraries or bookstores except on their return trips to Uganda (23+ hours away). I have already committed to getting them each an ESV Study Bible which costs around $60 each if you would like to help with that purchase.
The next pressing need is transportation, especially if the work in Korjip is going to be maintained on a regular basis. A motorcycle will suffice for this; however, it must be brought in from Kenya or Uganda. The price range we have heard is anywhere from $1500-$2500 plus the cost of transporting it here.
The other bigger needs are funds to begin constructing the church in Korjip as well as funds to add the walls to the church building in Narus. This is probably a total of $3500 or more. Additionally, we have been raising funds to drill a borehole on the donated land in Korjip but we’re still a few thousand dollars short on that project as well.
If you would like to donate to these projects, you can do so here. Please specify toward which project you would like your money to be directed, or simply note it ‘For South Sudan’ and we will put it where it is needed most.
As far as me personally, Africa is one of the hardest places I have done ministry. Being alone here immersed in a culture so different, though I enjoy it, also wears me down very quickly. When you add to this the spiritual warfare and attacks the enemy throws my way, it doesn’t take long for me to want a break. The conference in Uganda was a good break from the extreme “roughing it” of South Sudan, but still, I could use a Dr Pepper right about now.
However, what keeps me going is seeing the fruit that is born through my feeble efforts. There have been over 100 people who have come to know the Lord in the last month, making every sore muscle or sick stomach worth it. I am continually learning the truth that “the joy of the Lord is my strength,” and I have found no other source of that level of joy outside the missionary life to which He has called me. Thank you to every one of you who make this life possible for me! I couldn’t do it without you.
It is time for me to start planning the next year in speaking engagements. I am still looking for new partners in ministry that will add to my much-needed monthly support, as well as opportunities to check in with those of you who already support my ministry or other ministries within the Heart of God Network.
If you would like to schedule me for any time beginning in November, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I am still looking for churches who would have me in to speak in Florida in the month October of this year, as well.) You can see how my schedule is currently filling up by visiting www.AnthonyIngram.com/itinerary.
- Pray for all of my travel the next few weeks as I move around Eastern Uganda, then on to Nairobi, Kenya, and finally the two days of flights home.
- Pray for all the new believers we have seen come to the Lord during the last month, that the seed has fallen on good soil and the roots go deep. And also pray for more to come!
- Pray for my strength both physically and spiritually.
- Pray for Joseph and Simon Peter, that their ministry needs would be met and that the Lord would bless their work here.
- You can also download HGIM’s September Prayer Guide here.