The SEED – November 2023
“This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.”
– Romans 3:22-24
A Message from Director Dalmas Esekon
The Kingdom of God continues to grow in Toposaland! In October, the Toposa Outreach Initiative (TOI) Team shared the Gospel message in 62 villages (18 of these villages were previously unreached!). The response to the Gospel was great, with 43 people saved and 9 baptized. The new believers were encouraged to join one of the many Lighthouses that have been established in the nearby villages. The Team distributed 56 Audio Bibles, 3 hard-copy Bibles, and 35 DMM Bookmarks. There are now 78 trained Champions teaching 746 disciples how to make disciples of others! Pray for these Champions and disciples that they will grow in their faith and begin making a difference in their villages.
The gift of rain is a blessing to the people of Toposa, but it can also be a hazard as it makes the roads difficult to travel. Pray with us for safety for the Missionaries as they travel by motorbike. Also pray that they will remain bold and persevere in spreading the Good News of Jesus among the Toposa people.
Missionaries Alfred Morulem and James Lomudang (in front) with those that were baptized
Trained Young Men’s Champion sharing the Gospel with the youth in his village using the DMM bookmark
Teacher James Maisa and the class at the Wapet Sending Center
(Notice some of the mothers are learning alongside their children!)
Children outside the Sending Center getting ready to receive milk
The completed Sending Centers are marked in red.
In mid-October, a SHARE team traveled 94 miles to Kaling’a Village in Katapakin Zone to seek permission from the village elders to plant a church. They also visited 3 other villages in the vicinity and requested permission to screen The Jesus Film. The estimated population of the four villages is 1,060. All the elders from the four villages were in agreement that the team could return to hold evangelistic services and plant a church. On October 23rd, the team returned to Kaling’a Village to do just that!
The Jesus Film was screened in all four villages, with 611 people in attendance. The team also did homestead-to-homestead evangelism, open-air meetings, age- and gender-appropriate teachings. There was a very positive response from the people in all the villages. By the end of the four–day evangelistic outreach, 193 people accepted Christ, 89 were baptized, 63 believers attended the first church service, and 10 believers indicated that they would like to be trained to become Champions! Kaling’a Village was chosen for the church plant as the roads leading into the village are good, no threat of security, and there is a good supply of water nearby.
Staffer Jacktan Erus and Motivator Paul Imojong talking with Kaling’a Village elders about the outreach
In October, there were an additional 78 people who accepted Christ in Katapakin Zone and 40 baptized. There has been a decrease in the number of disciples attending Lighthouses in the zone as families have been migrating due to drought.
These four villages were the last recorded unreached villages in Katapakin Zone! The zone has 13 Motivators/Evangelists that shepherd 46 churches and 69 Lighthouses with 404 disciples attending.
Praying to accept Christ after the screening
Motivator Paul Loreng sharing during an open air meeting
SHARE Staff and those that were baptized
Staffer Sarah Esekon with the new Champions holding their Audio Bibles
Jackson Ewaar Eporon’s Testimony
My name is Jackson Ewaar Eporon. I am from Kaling’a Village in Katapakin Zone. I am a born-again Christian. I used to carry charms, provoke people, steal other people’s property, indulged in consuming alcohol and other things. God delivered and saved me through His Word.
From the moment that I gave my life to Christ, I have shared the Gospel of Christ with my friends. Salvation made me realize that God is good, and He is the source of peace. My life changed and is very different from my previous wayward life. Being in Christ is very worthwhile, calm and peaceful up to your last breath. I thank God for saving me. It’s my petition that God may help and make my soul follow Him now and forever more.
– Safety for the Toposaland Missionaries as there is unrest in Buya communities where they would like to minister and along the border between South Sudan and Turkana County