For those who’ve never been to this part of the world, it’s very difficult to conceptualize the conditions under which people in Toposa live. From not wearing any clothes to living in perpetual famine and rampant disease, conditions are inhuman to say the least. Believing that we are called to go out to “the ends of the earth,” not only do we share the eternal hope of a pain-free new heavens and new earth, but work to serve the people’s most pressing physical needs as well. The Hope4MENA center in Juba cooks meals for 200 children ages three to fifteen twice a week, along with providing clothing and medical attention. We are also committed to the feeding of 70 families on a monthly basis, feeding them both physically and spiritually, and providing them with clothing. When people in another village heard that we were providing clothes and food, a group of 600 adults and children walked a distance of about 3-4 hours to the center to request food and clothing!
Not only are the natural conditions very harsh, but this area of Sudan has also been ripped apart by violent tribal clashes, leading to looting, burning, and killing among villages. One such war took place between the villages of Toposa and Boya. Our team was able, through multiple negotiations between the tribal leaders (in very risky conditions) to bring peace between the two. We were able to help rebuild homes, provide food, and over 200 mattresses!
Our team also has a special Prison Ministry that began in 2015 and serves three areas in South Sudan: Juba, Terekeka, and Yei. We serve between 200-250 prisoners, visiting them on a monthly basis to provide food, clothes, and hold a Bible study.
Hospitals too, understandably lack the very basics, and so our team has a Hospitals Ministry as well. We visit adult and children’s hospitals, providing them with food, clothing, and medications, and share the Good News.