Celebrating 30 Years of Service
to the People of South Sudan
There are over 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!
Dr. John is currently in Nairobi taking a well-deserved vacation with his wife, Victoria and their son, Marshall.
Victoria is a registered nurse and plans to join Dr. John and the rest of the staff at the Malek Christian Hospital soon.
Please welcome Victoria and Marshall into our SSAM family.
Dr. John with his wife Victoria and son, Marshall.
Angelo recently suffered what appeared as “stroke like symptoms” as a result of untreated high blood pressure. SSAM sent money to have Angelo flown to Nairobi in order to receive proper medical treatment. Angelo is a valuable part of SSAM and is principal for the Aweil Bible College.
This is a report from Dr. John….
We have been to the hospital on a daily basis since and has received several medications and tests by the neurology specialist at Coptic Hospital Nairobi. He is also receiving physiotherapy on a daily basis and is showing bit by bit improvement on the affected side. Angelo cannot use the left side of the mouth for eating because the muscles were paralyzed. His blood pressure is now under control and nerve stimulation therapy is ongoing on a daily basis. More test results for final diagnosis by the neurologist will be communicated on the next doctor appointment on October 29, 2018.
UPDATE ON YOURNEW
Greetings to you in the name of Almighty God.
To answer your question, I do not want to come and take over the leadership of the SSAM. I will be happy to give advice and encourage our pastors to put their efforts in the village churches to have a strong base in their towns. I believe that the Church needs my support more than before. The opportunity that I had working in the government opened doors for me to know that very important people gave their life to Jesus Christ. I believe that God had a plan of make me Governor of Aweil state so that I would be able share a message of peace with those who never thought one day they would give their life to our Jesus Christ.
Dr John is doing well with SSAM administration in South Sudan and I pray that he continues with the work that he is doing. I believe all the boards of directors of SSAM in South Sudan are happy with work that he has been doing for SSAM.
South Sudan Churches of Christ are among the most respected institutions in South Sudan because the message of the Christ that has been delivered to them by SSCOC. SSAM has played keys roles before and after the independence of South Sudan. The Church of Christ has changed many people’s lives as they have turned to Christ through baptism. The Church of Christ has played a vital role in reconciliation and peace efforts for many years. The Church of Christ is working hard to promote reconciliation at local level and expanding the Church of Christ to other areas.
I believe that God has big plans for the people of Aweil which is why God brought me to be the Governor of Aweil State. I was able to bring for the first time the message of Christ to my cabinet by attending church services every Sunday. I was not stopped delivering the gospel of Christ to his people in Aweil State, when l was appointed to the post of Governorship of Aweil.
I am not feeling well at all. I have high blood pressure and have had pain in my left leg since January of this year. I pray for funds so that I can go for further medical check-up to Nairobi or Khartoum.
PRAYERS REQUESTS & PRAISES
- Angelo will be completely healed and able return home soon.
- SSAM Board member, Herb Oxenrider battling cancer.
- Dr. John’s wife and son will be able to join him soon in Malek.
- ABC students as they complete the last couple month of classes
before graduation January 2019.
JOY IN BEING A SSAM PARTNER IS OVERWHELMING
--Jody Haggerty, Pastor of Cornerstone Church, Rome, GA
The joy I have had this year in partnering with SSAM has been overwhelming. To see firsthand the impact that is being made in this nation through the Bible College, Evangelists, and Medical Ministry was amazing. I’m not sure how much it costs to change a kid’s life here, but it is evident the Bible College student’s lives are being changed. I watched as students were given an opportunity that most children in this region will never be afforded. Their growth, desire to learn, and the joy in their hearts were contagious.
One of my most memorable days was when we traveled out past where the road ends and saw the work the evangelists had been doing preparing hearts and planting churches through SSAM. The oversight of Dr. John along with his medical care as a physician was inspiring. I watched as the evangelists led the churches and Dr. John and his team provided medical care to those in need until everyone had been helped.
I must say, the inspiring work of SSAM was evident through the leadership that is in place at Malek. After our long trip back of medical mission work that day a young girl had fainted and was dehydrated near Malek. I know Dr John was exhausted from the trip but he smiled and gladly went to see about her care. I went with Dr. John and watched as he administered fluids and medication to a young girl that was my daughter's age. It brought me to tears of joy and I will never forget thinking that this girl’s life was just saved, and who knows, maybe she too will be one of the next students of ABC that will help turn South Sudan closer to Jesus and cause His light to shine brighter in Malek through her life.
Pastor Jody with some of the children in Malek Village
SSAM BOARD MEMBER BATTLING CANCER
Long time board member, Herb Oxenrider of Gresham has been recently diagnosed with cancer. Please remember Herb and his family in your prayers. If you would like to send a card of encouragement to him his address is 1054 SE Acacia Place, Gresham OR 97080.
WHERE WILL SSAM BE?
Nov. 9 & 10 - IDES Board of Directors meeting, Noblesville, IN
Nov. 11 – a.m. Centerville, IN Christian Church
Nov. 15-18 – ICOM (Int’l Conference on Mission), Cincinnati, OH
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