Biblical Stewardship: not wasting resources already handed to us
Praise the Lord.
Thank you so much for your prayers for me and the scope of the ministry of ONMI and my family for the past one month in South Sudan. I bring greeting and appreciation from the beneficiaries of your support. Everybody was thanking you for your monetary and prayer support. You are the invisible hand of God that brings shower of blessing to your brothers and sisters in Yeshua in the spirit of brotherly love. "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is My disciple, truly I tell you, he will never lose his reward.” Matthew 10:42
Standing on the authority and promises of God.
I got back on April 17. As we all know, Covid 19 has been the dominant news of the day since 2020. It has impacted the world and the rest of our daily lives including International travels. However, I do believe God’s Mighty power and his daily attribute in our lives is the dominant news of the day in this live, in death itself and Eternity. Everything in respective to Covid 19 testing for me going to and fro was challenging all the way between airports and the countries along the path of my mission travels but all the test results for PCR from both ends were Negative. I was particularly concern about my test result leaving South Sudan via Uganda because I had interacted with over 1500 people in more than 5 places as I was called upon to preach the word to at least250- 300 people every time. Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” I knew the Lord was with me. I had nothing to fear or dread. When you are out there feeling vulnerable and uncertain, you can count on this divine promise from God.
International travel was not all that bad. In fact, I had more empty seats on the plane to stretch out on as many as seats were empty on 8-9 hours long flight.
Covid19? What Covid 19? That is the reaction you get from people in South Sudan and Uganda.
South Sudanese and Ugandans general publics are literally done with Covid 19 with only few exceptions of restriction within places like airports. Majority of People do not longer ascribe to politically motivated policy of public face masking and harassment. People are going about their business. Most people in South Sudan and Uganda live in the thickest of the contagion of any air or water borne diseases on daily bases. Covid is not an exception. This is how they view it. People are literally living by faith and breaking away from fear of this dreadful disease. Beyond walking by faith on promises of God, they have no sanitary chemistry to explain how people can live fearlessly in the shadow of the dread of Covid. But they are taking the promises of God literally. Isaiah 41:13 “For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”
USA: Only Prayer. It is in God's hand folks!
For one month I have been away from the USA. But I have not ceased from praying for my country. We have exhausted every word to describe how worst and alarming things have deteriorated and keep on precipitously going on the path of free fall since the new administration came to town in Washington DC. Joe Biden/Kamala Harris campaign in 2020 were asked numerous times. Will you pack the court? Will you make WDC state ,? What will you do with …….. 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, economy, Iran Deal, Green Deal, BLM, Antifa, China, Russia, Israel, Immigration, Abortion, LGBTQ ? His/her answer from the bunker: They were either quiet or they told us, we won't tell you right now, you will find the answers in the recipe. It will be ready for you to eat it whether you like or not. " Now you have it !!
Israel: Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem
1- Iranian Media: ‘Missile to Dimona is Message to Israel: the Sensitive Areas are not Immune’ Arab Affairs • By Baruch Yedid/TPS • 22 April, 2021
Demands Transfer of Holy Site to Jewish Authority Jerusalem • By Aryeth Savir/TPS• 22 April, 2021
Highlights of mission trip
April 15: Bittersweet Departure. bidding them shalom and farewell was extremely hard.
April 15 was my final day in the morning hours at ONMI's mission Headquarters at Bethlehem Center. I gathered the staff for debriefing and to wish them my final farewell prayer time with them. It was bitter / sweet moment of leaving them. I felt sad but with a sense of mission accomplished. However, my time with them to validate work on the ground had come to an end. It was like apostle Shaul's moment as he was departing Ephesus to Yerushalayim as he declared in Acts 20: 26 - 36. "For I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God. Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.
Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ When Paul had finished speaking, he knelt with all of them and prayed. They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him."
In similar setting, the Church Elders, led by our Country Director Pastor Timothy Ajjugo Levi and the Mission departmental leaders, set a chair in the center of the circle where we gathered. They laid hands over me and prayed for me, my family and ministry. In turn, I also prayed over them. We, hugged, kissed and wish each other farewell and Shalom. Then I departed overland to Entebbe, Uganda to board my flight to the US.
Works in the field goes on with the ground team in charge
Now that Iam back here in the states, many of you will be wondering how will the work go accordingly in the field? Well, God is in charge and one of the principal initiatives we have put in place over the years is raising up the national leadership of ONMI in South Sudan comprising of core group of men and their families who are equally committed to advance the Great Commission. Headed by the Country director, Pastor Timothy Levi, ABOVE PRAYING OVER ME TO THE RIGHT they are up to the task.
I will make routinely follow up with them on unfinished businesses at hand which we envision to see them done before I left the ground.