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Homes for South Sudan (98300)

Our missionaries in South Sudan, the world's newest country, serve in extremely temporary and rustic conditions. For weeks, months and even years at a time, their “home sweet home” is canvas tents or tukuls—huts built of mud and straw. These structures are at times shared with an unexpected assortment of insects, mice, birds and the occasional bat!

Imagine the mandate to thrive, stay healthy, and be productive in ministry in this context. Remarkably, our team rises to the occasion with an astonishing resilience and joyful perseverance which can only be attributed to the abiding presence of Christ in them. Here's a testimony from one of them:

"The day started early with an impressive wind and rain storm. My mud hut now has three floor-to-window vertical cracks in the walls. By South Sudan standards they are only supposed to remain standing for about four years. Mine is about five years old. There are mice living in the leaking grass roof, there is a widening crack in the foundation and the wall between the porch and main living quarters is held up by a rope stretched between it and the outer wall. Sounds terrible but I'm sleeping without fear. Home sweet home."
—Sheila West, South Sudan

Sheila's peaceful response to her living conditions is extraordinary by the world's standards, yet is typical of her teammates. Nevertheless, the time has come to lay a few new foundations.

God has blessed the team by doubling it in size, which only 'brings home' the urgent need for more and better homes. Dependable, stable living conditions foster a sense of being “at home,” which is one of the greatest factors in the emotional health of missionaries. Lasting ministry happens when the mission field becomes home.

Pray with us as we seek the Lord's provision for 15 new houses for 15 new missionaries in the next 12 months. We are calling it the “15 for 15 in 12.”

If you would like to donate to the construction of 15 homes, please contact your nearest SIM office or give online to project 98300. Thank you and God bless!

Trivia Question: Why would a perfectly normal missionary dangle CDs and tin can lids from the rafters of their tent or tukul hut?

Answer: To keep bats from flying around inside! The mobile discs interfere with sonar, causing confusion in the bats' navigation circuits. The downside is that this does not keep the bats from flopping on the floor. However, a good swish with a broom sends them back outside where they can continue to eat bugs—a very helpful community service.



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