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Frontline News Edition 2 of 2018

Bibles for the Nuba Mountains

Frontline News Edition 2 of 2018

FRONTLINE FELLOWSHIP NEWS 2018 Edition 2 PO BOX 74 NEWLANDS 7725 CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA ISSN-1018-151x Bibles for the Nuba Mountains “‘Is not my Word like a Fire’ declares the LORD, ‘and a Hammer that breaks a rock in pieces’” Jeremiah 23:29 Open Doors from God Before our ministry in the Nuba Mountains began, we had opportunities to witness to people from different countries. In the airport in South Africa, we witnessed to an Ethiopian family whose little girl had some questions about God. We shared the way of Salvation with her and she said that she wanted to pray to God to change her heart. We prayed together with her in the airport. While visiting a small market place in Juba, South Sudan, we met with some Muslims from Somalia. One of them told us that he used to live in South Africa, but he moved to South Sudan because it was safer than South Africa! We also shared the way of Salvation with him. Entering South Sudan Our arrival in South Sudan was chaotic, as expected. The international airport requires one to be ruthless in shouldering people out of the way to collect one’s luggage from the back of a pickup. From there, you are expected to navigate through a tight crowd of people in which there are dozens of rowdy young men trying to “help” you drag your bags to the inspection counter. At this stage, everything you have with you gets opened up and inspected for who-knowswhat. If you are lucky enough to meet the unspoken expectations of the security officer, he will mark your luggage with white chalk so that you can leave the airport through another abrasive swarm of bodies. The Nuba Mountains The war-torn region of the Nuba Mountains has been under severe aerial bombardment and land invasions for many decades by the Islamic Arab North. Many tribes have surrendered to Christ. Churches and schools are the prime targets for enemy aggression. Pastors have been arrested and tortured for being community leaders and teaching the people about Christ. Ministry Begins The first day of ministry for me was visiting seven schools which included preaching, distributing Bibles, encouraging the teachers, and instructing them as how to use the Bibles as part of their curriculum. Arriving at each school, I witnessed a sea of children running into the open rocky plain with the happiest smiles you have ever seen, all shouting “Kawaja, Kawaja” (“white man, white man”). They thought it was very funny to see a white person, until I got close enough to touch – at which point the humour of it all very quickly disappeared