Thoughts From Sudan- Day 1
After flying from Amsterdam to Entebbe, Uganda, the team and I were tired, so we planned to spend the night in Entebbe and rest up. After dinner, prayer, and great convo, Dawn (one of the ladies on our team) heard a familiar tune coming from the front room of our living quarters. We gathered around a small television, and watched as a local Ugandan Hip-hop music video show ended featuring a new video from none other than our brother Trip Lee! It was like God was confirming He was with us. I mean, what are the chances that at that moment the very people who would most appreciate seeing Trip’s “Invasion” video were there to see it? God was and is with us.
We woke up and hopped on a plane to Sudan the next day. After an hour in the sky, we came in for a landing on a small dirt road in Yei, Sudan. We are working alongside a Sudanese church and a ministry called His Voice, which has opened multiple orphanages. Upon landing, I had no feelings of anxiety just a desire for God to work.
Once our plane door opened we were moved to tears as some 20 or more children sang to us. “Welcome, welcome to Sudan…welcome brothers…welcome sisters…welcome to Sudan,” their pleasant voices sang. All of these beautiful voices were orphaned, but the provision of God was evident in their smiles. The lead pastor of the Sudanese Church, “Bishop,” allowed the children to look inside our plane, since they had never seen the inside of one before. The widows who are employed to care for the children kept order for the excited faces that were giddy at their first encounter with the interior of an airplane. I was overjoyed.
As we rode into the village, villagers who had been anticipating our arrival greeted us on both sides of the road. Once we pulled up to the compound the church owns, we were greeted again by an array of drums, beautiful singing, and wooden string instruments. It was an overwhelming sight. I was torn between capturing it on film and just taking in the moment. After worship songs and prayer, I was again reminded of what I am always keenly aware of beyond American soil–God’s presence is everywhere. Dinner, free time to gaze into a green peaceful backdrop provided by God, testimony of the Spirit’s work in villagers and a public repentance and acceptance of Christ…my day and my heart is full. Welcome, welcome to Sudan.
Prayers: Open the eyes of my Heart to see God’s immeasurable power. Ephesians 1:18-21