Over 25 Years of Service to the People of South Sudan
There are 100 Native Sudanese, ordained Evangelists with college degrees preaching in their hometowns. They take turns today coming to Malek to teach 40 to 60 new Students in their own language at ABC. There are now a total of 160 Evangelists, including students, serving Christ in growing churches in Sudan. Prayers requested!
November/December, 2015 Update
SHORT REPORT FROM YOURNEW
We request prayers for the success of peace in our country. Our people are suffering from wars, hunger and diseases. The food is scarce in the markets and everyone looks sick. We need peace for our people. We need peace so that the government is able to support the civilians with basic needs like food water and medicine. The little medicine we bring to the Malek church can only last for few months--sometime weeks–it is not enough at all for the population in Aweil.
Dr. John has been furthering his education in Lilongwe, Malawi (a country in south Africa near Mozambique and Tanzania) the past year. During his six week Christmas break from his studies Dr. John has returned to Malek. We are looking forward to his report and pictures of the Mobile Medical Clinic and the Malek Christian Hospital.
Loading medicine and supplies into the Mobile Medical Clinic
--Bev Douglass Campbell
As I reflect on 2015, I am feeling beyond blessed. Even though the year has brought its share of heartache I continue to see God's faithfulness.
During 2015 I was privileged to share the Sudan African Mission with twenty two different congregations or groups plus I had the opportunity to attend two conferences. I am thankful for the hospitality and generosity of so many I have met along the way. Travelling 60,000+ airline miles and 1000s of road miles, God certainly has protected me and kept me healthy and safe.
In addition to representing SSAM, I keep up with the day to day office work for the mission which includes sending over 1500 receipts, writing, printing and getting the newsletter ready to mail and corresponding with Yournew and others. Because of 68 churches and 264 individuals, the South Sudan African Mission is able to make life changing impacts on the citizens of South Sudan!
Steve Holsinger, my son Nick, and myself were able to go to Malek, South Sudan February 14-26. The primary purpose of our trip was to encourage the Christians in the area and to attend the third graduation ceremony of the Aweil Bible College. It was very heartwarming to hear so many speak highly and affectionately of Dad and Mom. They are certainly respected by the people of South Sudan.
Sixteen men and one lady graduated from the Aweil Bible College with nearly the entire village and dozens of dignitaries attending the almost four hour ceremony. Deng Akol Ateng, County Commissioner of Aweil County South said while speaking at the graduation ceremony, "because of Paul and Marilyn Douglass and the South Sudan African Mission, 80% of South Sudan is Christian." That is quite a testimony!
While in Malek, we received word that Mom had had a massive stroke, was not doing well and probably would not live until we were able to get home. It was with great sadness we left Malek Monday morning and boarded our long flight home. During a layover in Addis Abba, Ethiopia on Tuesday afternoon February 24, we received word that Mom had passed away . It was such a long flight the rest of the way home.
The days following Mom's death I was reminded over and over again the impact Mom made on people across the nation and in South Sudan. We received 100s of sympathy cards and nearly $10,000 in memorial money which is being used to further education through the Aweil Bible College. The Sunday following Mom's memorial service in Gresham, a memorial service for Mom was held in Malek. I don't know too many who can say they had a funeral on two different continents.
In November my younger sister, Joyce, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and spent four weeks in the hospital. She has been transferred to a rehabilitation facility in the Denver area for radiation and chemo treatments. Please continue to keep Joyce and our family in your prayers.
I am looking forward to 2016 to see what God has in store for the South Sudan African Mission. If you would like to hear more about what God is doing in South Sudan, please contact me. I would be thrilled to come and share pictures and stories of the good things God is doing. I pray daily that God will continue to use the South Sudan African Mission in a mighty way and I will have the health and stamina in the next years to continue a legacy started by Dad and Mom when 28 years ago they answered a call from IDES (International Disaster Emergency Service) to go to Sudan to repair hospital equipment. No one could have imagined the impact SSAM would have in the intervening years.
Evangelists outside the newly completed church building in Malek
Deng Akol Ateng, County Commission of Aweil County South congratulating one of the graduates at the Aweil Bible College graduation Frbruary 2015
- Bev's sister, Joyce Penn receiving radiation and chemo treatments at a facility in Aurora, CO.
- The South Sudanese as they are suffering from wars, hunger and diseases.
- Peace so that the government is able to support the civilian basic needs like food, water and medicine.
- Paul Douglass will be celebrating his 89th birthday on Jan. 22nd.
UPCOMING FOR SSAM
If you have donated to SSAM in 2015, please look for your giving statement to be in the mail by January 22. On behalf of the entire SSAM team, we continually thank God for your support.
"A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed." --Proverbs 11:25 NIV
Click on "Mission News" to see more