Saturday afternoon we received the package in the mail that we have been praying for and anticipating for over a year now. It’s our report from Neverthirst on the two wells that have been completed in Sudan. There is a ton of information in the reports but I’ll try to fill you in on the basics.
The wells are located in the South Kordofan province of Sudan. The population of this province is about 1.5 million with 2/3 of that population living in rural areas. Schools, health centers, and access roads are all generally in poor condition. Both wells are in the region known as Lagawa. The first one was completed in a village called Kayo and the other in a village called Mariam Al-Jughba.
Like many provinces in Sudan, South Kordofan has been in conflict for more than two decades resulting in major destruction of infrastructure throughout the region. The conflict settles with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement between the North and the South. After local elections in May of 2011 that led to the creation of the world’s newest nation, South Sudan, security deteriorated as the two main parties became deadlocked over the future of the area. Neverthirst continued work on these two projects until June of 2011, when the actual military conflict began and they were forced to withdraw. Because of this we don’t currently have photos of the well projects but hope to attain some when the teams are allowed back into the province.
Here are the specific prayer requests from the people of South Kordofan:
Peace and stability in the region.
Those living in conflict areas.
Those that have fled into neighboring regions or countries.
Food security and all the new clean water projects in these areas.
The church’s work among the large Muslim population during this time.
Open doors to share the gospel in this time of uncertainty.
Our prayer continues to be that God would use these projects to make his name known among the people of Sudan. As we learn more information about church leaders in these villages or other information we will pass that along as well.
Thank you for your support on these projects! Through your obedience to God’s commands two villages in Sudan will have clean water and access to the Gospel for the next twenty years. It’s truly humbling to be a part of God’s work to ultimately bring about the scene described in Revelation 7:9, 10, and 12:
v. 9After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front o the throne and before the lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. v. 10 And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”. v. 12 They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
We are currently only $628 away from finishing the funding for our third well in India. I hope you will join with us in prayer, thanksgiving, and funding for these projects.