I could see that the atmosphere was quite tense both in Kenya and South Sudan. In Kenya people started riots because of the presidential elections, and South Sudan also had a political reason for turbulence. Politicians should actually secure peace, but it often seems they do the opposite. It is just becoming clearer and clearer to me that true peace can only come when people receive inner peace, which is why we must preach the Gospel more clearly than ever before.
I got invited to South Sudan to lead a seminar about preaching the Gospel. Because of the political situation I was a little uncertain about travelling there, but fortunately I didn’t have to take that trip alone. Geoffrey Muthinja from Kenya, a good friend and co-worker, was willing to travel with me.
There was, among others, a woman who had been paralysed in one side due to a stroke and got instantly healed. The day after she was able to walk a lot for the first time and shop at a market without help, and afterwards she came to church to give glory to God. There was also a man who had been dumb since 2003 because of a virus and who started to speak again.
One of the teams which were out in the streets knocked on the door of a family where the wife was going to leave her husband. They started to talk to them and, as a result, Jesus - the Prince of Peace - brought peace and reconciliation to that home.
Another team knocked on the president’s door. They didn’t get to speak with the president himself, but they were allowed to preach to the soldiers and the other workers who were there. After preaching the Gospel they could see that many of the soldiers felt very moved.
I feel grateful when I recall the trip to South Sudan and it is a big privilege to be able to see people saved and equipped to preach the Gospel. It is possible, however, thanks to all of you who support us. Some have to travel and some have to send those who are willing to go. We are really grateful for all of the supporters and we know that God will reward you abundantly.