In search of Jesus in a South Sudan Refugee Camp

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 In search of Jesus in a South Sudan Refugee Camp On August 1, 2015 four young people from the Ingessana tribe travelled from the Gendrassa refugee camp in South Sudan in search of Getachew, a missionary from Ethiopia who serves with SIM.

"They came with a letter, asking for me by name," reports Getachew. "When I told them I was the one they were looking for, one of them said: 'We want to discuss with you about Jesus. We have grown up as Ingessana Muslims ... Nobody has ever told us the truth about Jesus the Messiah until now. We heard about you from a man who was working in our camp with an aid agency. He told us how you taught the Jumjum people about Jesus, and now they have become Christians. We held a big meeting and now the whole of the Ingessana youth want to believe in Jesus the Messiah.'"

After an hour of discussion, Getachew took the young people to one of his team-mates and together they decided to approach the Ingessana chiefs to gain approval before any teaching was started. When permission was given, the team began teaching at the refugee camp.

The youth have since led their teachers to a second camp, Batil, where their relatives live. So now there is Christian teaching going on in both camps, some of it through audio Bibles (pictured above)

"A lot of people are coming to Christ now," says Getachew. "In the past few months a total of 108 came to Christ from different tribes, including the Ingessana, Jumjum, Mayak and Barta. Recently two Barta people, who are from a very strong Muslim background, accepted Jesus."

On Sunday, August 9, a little more than a week after the youth approached Getachew, an historic meeting took place between Ingessana chiefs and leaders and SIM leaders and mission workers. After internal tribal discussions, the Ingessana had decided it was time to explore and adopt the Christian faith.

"This is a huge open door, We need to step through it by combining our efforts to bring the discipleship the people are asking for. I was told by one of the men, who is leading this effort to establish the Ingessana Church: 'As soon as people hear there is freedom now, many will come to the truth!'" - SIM Worker

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