The Nile Beth Israel Messianic Congregation
The main Vision of Operation Nehemiah Missions is to promote the Gospel of Yeshua Hamasciach that brings people to repentance and Eternal Salvation. Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” (Matt. 4:4)
The Word Brings Salvation, for, "Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved." 'How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, " How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of them that bring good news." "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God". We seek to minister to the body, soul, and spirit.
Operation Nehemiah Mission focuses on the Great Commission in the South Sudan on addressing the issues of sin and Hope of Salvation in Yeshua Hamasciach for the redemption mandkind the Family, Church and Community rebuilding: This is done through establishing genuine long term indigenous leadership among the South Sudanese nationals pastors through family discipleship. Our objective is to reduce the resources coming from USA and other countries by increasing the resources within the country. Our success will be measured by communicating the biblical framework of the family integrated church where men play their pivotal and decisive roles in the home and in the church and women are taught their proper sphere of influence in the home, church and in the community.
Along with that comes the local pastoral leadership, on conducting workshops on the sufficiency of scripture; Christ centered worship, and biblical peacemaking and work ethic to deal with physical need of their flock in society. We encourage men, women and children to play their proper roles in the home, church and community by working with their own hands. New believers are exhorted to make their calling and election sure, putting on the new life and identity in Christ.
"The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know." Mark 4:26–27
In the year 2000, with encouragement and blessing from Pastor/Rabbi Jonathan Cahn of Beth Israel Messianic Congregation in Garfield, NJ, the Lord laid a burden in my heart to plant the Nile Beth Israel Messianic Congregation in Kampala, Uganda to address the spiritual hunger of South Sudanese refugees in exile.
At that time, seven years had passed since founding Operation Nehemiah Missions. It was becoming apparent that we could not exist solely as a Christian/Messianic humanitarian organization, only meeting the physical needs of the Sudanese refugees, for “man does not live on bread alone but on every word which proceeds from the mouth of God” . Matthew 4: 4. From that point on we focused our vision on the spiritual restoration of the biblical family in the South Sudan through church planting and raising up indigenous pastors to disciple the next generation. We believe that the church's relationships are nurtured primarily through daily discipleship in everyday life, by families living out the gospel in ministry to the saints and witness to the lost (Eph. 5:21-6:4).
Now after 14 years, the Beth Israel on the Nile Congregation has become a thriving congregation under the shepherding of Pastor Michael Levi, Pastor Peter Dominic and seven elders who faithfully serve the flock of God in Borongole & Ndereto in Eastern Equatoria State. Many former refugees who have returned home are hearing the true Gospel for the first time in their lives. Bondage to alcohol, polygamy, prostitution, Islam and witchcraft abounds throughout the community, placing the Church in a spiritually strategic location. Jesus says "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven". Matthew 5: 14
We labor to follow the biblical pattern for church growth. Jesus instructed Peter to feed his sheep, and Paul regularly ordained pastors for the churches he planted. He and Barnabas directed the appointment of elders “in each church” in Galatia (Acts 14:23). He instructed Titus to “appoint elders in every town” on Crete (Titus 1:5). Titus himself had been ordained earlier, when “he was chosen by the churches” (2 Corinthians 8:19). The apostles and the congregations knew whom the Spirit had chosen, and they responded by placing those men in leadership. When God calls and qualifies a man for the ministry, it will be apparent both to that man and to the rest of the church. The would-be minister will meet the qualifications set forth in 1 Timothy 3:1-16 and Titus 1:5-9, and he will possess a consuming desire to preach (1 Corinthians 9:16).
Since planting the Beth Israel on the Nile 14 years ago , my role has been developing the local church leadership, strengthening the families, and raising up godly men for leadership in the homes and in the community. I have been focused on guiding the local church leaders in their doctrinal position, helping them keep out worldly influences from the UN agenda and misguided teachers who promote heresies. and creating sustainable living, health care and the Nehemiah Gospel radio station.
In 2013, Pastor Michael Levi, Pastor Peter Dominic and the elders of the Nile Beth Israel Messianic Congregation asked me to consider being ordained as an Elder/Overseer of the congregation. After much prayer, I accepted God's calling in my life to have an official oversight of the church in this capacity.
On Sunday, April 7th, 2013, Pastor Michael Levi, Bishop Nicholas Vuni, Rev. Gabriel Lagu Vuni , Rev. Athanasius Wale and Pastor William Ezekiel performed my ordination in Borongole with over 700 believers gathered from all across South Sudan at the Nile Beth Israel Messianic Congregation in Borongole, including many elderly pastors who ministered faithfully through over 50 years of war and brutal persecution. There was great rejoicing in the providence of God as testimonies of deliverance, preservation, and multi-generational faithfulness were recounted by those in attendance. The occasion also brought together families who had been separated by the conflict for decades. It was a day of dedicating our families after almost 40 years in captivity. For four glorious days we celebrated and feasted before the Lord, thankful that the heavy rains were held back by the mercy of God until all was concluded.