It seems bizarre to think that 2013 is over. Done with. It's a thing of the past. It's a memory. Mostly good memories. Hopefully the activities that Mango Ministries has been involved in are not 'things of the past.' Our prayer is that our interactions we've been blessed to have with thousands of men, women, and children have given a hope that is alive and carried forward into this new year of 2014.
Mango Ministries in review - 2013
fighting seems to be a way of life
many civilians are armed
Friday, January 24th a Ceasefire Agreement was signed. . . . . and it's my prayer that the journey to peace, healing, and a stable government will ensue. The hard work is ahead, say many.
Watching and praying have been our focus this past month. WGM's personnel are out of South Sudan although the conflict hasn't reached the areas where we are currently working. I am in the US on my regularly scheduled Homeland Ministry Assignment and will be sharing about my ministry over the next few months. I'd love to hear from you.
This week I have poured through hundreds of pictures taken by our volunteers and missionaries over the past year. Hopefully the pictures below, and a little narrative, will help paint a picture of how God is using Mango Ministries to help Build His Kingdom.
1. Community Empowerment
I'm thankful for the opportunity we've had to train over 85 men and women this past year in what is called Community Health Empowerment or Evangelism. These participants are adopting life changing principles and are in the process of teaching others in their communities. We held one Vision Conference and 5 individual weeks of Community Empowerment Training.
CHE training is hardly boring.
Everyone gets their say in identifying community issues. One rock - one vote.
2. Medical Empowerment
Providing clinical staff to Medical Ministries
WGM provided the In Deed and Truth Clinic in Tonj with several medical staff.
Finding blind patients in South Sudan is like …. . looking for shells on the beach! With very few eye specialists in the country to treat cataracts blindness is very common. Dr. Ben poses with a prime cataract patient (note the patients opaque right eye!).
Patients praised God for opening their eyes and giving new life.
Missionary surgeons from Tenwek Hospital take Kenyan surgical residents to South Sudan to hold surgical clinics with partnering ministries.
Dr. Carol enjoys a light moment with a patient.
One of the most immediately transforming surgeries is when a cleft lip is repaired.
3. Church Empowerment
Biblical Storytelling to enrich their own spiritual lives as well as giving them a tool to share the Bible with others.
I am deeply grateful for so many of you who have partnered with Mango Ministries.
. . . . those who invite us to minister alongside them in South Sudan and for your commitment to serve through thick and thin.
. . . . our missionaries and volunteers who share your time and talents - there are many easier places to serve.
. . . . those who help our missionaries and volunteers traverse a country not yet endowed with good road networks.
. . . . those who help support our ministries through financial gifts - we can't do this without your help.
. . . . those who pray for logistics, for safety, for light bulb moments during trainings, and for clinics that offer health and hope, for hearts to be challenged and lives changed - we rely on those prayers.
Doing missions in South Sudan is costly in every way, shape, and form.
Building His Kingdom in South Sudan ~ priceless!