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Evangelism Trip – Tonj and Rumbek, Sudan

In March, 2003 Bishop Taban, and his 7 person evangelism team traveled to Tonj and Rumbek, Sudan. The team left Yei, Sudan on March 11 and returned on March 19.

Tonj

The team spent 3 days in Tonj. The worship of bulls is practiced heavily in the Tonj area, and witchcraft is having a detrimental effect on the people. During this trip our projector was broken, but we used a large television to show the Jesus Film in the Dinka language. The Jesus Film was shown nightly, and 4,950 people were born again as new believers in Jesus. This number included 4,200 soldiers. The Episcopal Church of Sudan will be responsible for follow-up of these new believers. About 40% of the new believers had been animists and 5% had been Muslims. The team was persecuted initially in Tonj, but by the end of the 3 days the people who persecuted them were ashamed of their actions.

Finally, a cobra was killed in the evangelists’ bedroom. In summary, even though the enemy actively opposed the preaching of the gospel many people were saved.

Rumbek

In Rumbek the team trained 300 participants in evangelism. After the training the participants spent one day in person to person evangelism. During the Rumbek trip 3,082 people were born again as new believers in Jesus. The people became new believers through Jesus Film shows in the Dinka language and through person to person evangelism. Of the people who were saved 60% had been animists and 15% had been Muslims. In Rumbek one new Presbyterian Church will be planted. We are praying for $1,300 to buy the land for the church inside the city of Rumbek. The pastor of the new church will be Evangelist Moses Ater. Pastor Ater was raised in Rumbek and has undergone training for two years in Yei. While the team was in the Rumbek open market, they prayed for a deaf man, and he was able to hear again. This miracle surprised the crowd and encouraged the team.

Summary

In summary from both towns 8,032 people were born again as new believers in Jesus. Also 400 bibles were handed out in the Dinka language, and 50 bibles were handed out in the Arabic language.

The breakdown of expenditures for both towns added together is as follows:

Fuel for the Truck $500
Fuel for the Generator $60
Pay for the 7 Evangelists (7 x $20) $140
Food and accommodations (including food for evangelism training participants) $900
400 Bibles in the Dinka language $2,000
50 Bibles in the Arabic language $250
Donation of food $150
TOTAL $4,000

Photos from this trip:

Photo - Evangelism Training Participants in Rumbek, Sudan
Evangelism training participants in Rumbek

Photo - Singing during evangelism training in Rumbek
Above: Participants sing during
Rumbek evangelism training

Below: People await JESUS Film
in Rumbek
Photo - Waiting for the JESUS Film in Rumbek

Photo - A soldier guards the team's equipment in Tonj
A soldier guards the team's
equipment in Tonj

Photo - Lt. Colonel Peter helped provide protection for the team in Tonj
Lt. Colonel Peter helped provide
protection for the team in Tonj

Photo - One of the evangelists holds a dead cobra
Top: One of the evangelists
holds a dead cobra in Tonj

Bottom: Crowd awaits the showing
of the JESUS Film in Tonj
Photo  - Crowd awaits the showing of the JESUS Film

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