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South Sudan, the hottest country that I have ever visited, is also one of the most promising countries for preaching the gospel. It is not only a new nation but also new to dozens of things including CBM's beliefs and teachings. Many other religions and beliefs which are also new to the nation have sprung up. The CBM also has a chance to plant the seed of true Bible teaching, although we are just at the infant stages now.
We are now in the rainy season where roads in the main town Malakal are almost impassable, although it is much better than before, since some roads are being constructed by one of the Chinese companies. During the dry season it is sometimes so hot that the temperature reaches 47 °C (116°F) – very hot! The standard of living is quite low while the cost of living is very high. Prices of basic commodities here are triple the price in other East African countries. Schools, hospitals, clinics and churches are just being developed with the help of the UN and the Red Cross. CBM work is based in Malakal (Upper Nile State). We need lots of prayers and help from other neighbouring countries and overseas.
I left Kenya for South Sudan in August 2011 to join Brother Lucas and a Ugandan friend that I had been preaching to who had stayed there for about four years. The first committed friend was Martin Kituyi, Lucas's blood brother. We have for long remained a small number; there are many reasons for this: firstly there is the language barrier, especially for me, who could not understand Arabic, since over 90% of the people I came in contact with could not understand English. The second was the temporary nature of the contract jobs we usually get; and the third was the nature of our faith ... it's unique.
This year, however, we have seven South Sudanese, eight Ugandans and six Kenyans. One of these, Masco, has been, is and will still be our great help. He understands English and Arabic as well. Most of the Sudanese students whom we have understand English. They are mostly college students; therefore we usually meet during their free time. We have no specific time and venue since we have no permanent place of meeting. No one is so far baptised because I am not convinced that they have had enough lessons yet. On behalf of CBM South Sudan, we shall be more than happy to have more help in preaching the gospel, and more literature to facilitate the preaching.
The contract I currently have in South Sudan expires in October. I will soon be reluctantly leaving South Sudan for my country to join my church, my wife and my children. Nevertheless, I may have to stay a bit longer with the new students, since I am certain that they will definitely be disappointed when I leave. So, we indeed need help.
Amos K Natembea
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