5 Tractors-7 Souls: Blessings in Boma

by | Mar 19, 2019 | Christianity, South Sudan Evangelism, South Sudan Food Security | 0 comments

These last four weeks I spent in Africa have been a whirlwind! God showed up in a mighty way and we are so thankful for His blessings. All five tractors arrived in Boma and 7 young people committed their lives to Christ. I hope these two stories encourage you as much as they did me.

Eric Schwanke was instrumental in bringing the tractors to Boma.

Five Tractors in Boma


After months of planning and fundraising, all five tractors that left Juba made it to Boma in record time. Praise the Lord! The commissioner of Boma County, Jeremiah Lotiboy, was very pleased. He told me,


” Everyone in Boma State is asking me about the tractors. They are all telling me how lucky we are to have these tractors. Thank you SEA Partners for bringing them. This will change our lives for the better.”

A disc plow was purchased in Juba to help improve the tilling of the soil. Eric put it through numerous tests and it worked very well.
We immediately put these tractors to work. We plowed 5 acres of land in Upper Boma, pulled trees to clear the airstrip and reopened the road from Iti (Lower Boma) to Jonglie (Upper Boma where our school and compound are located). Eric worked with two Kenyan farmers to ensure the work would continue after we returned to the US. Currently, these two farmers are helping clear land for local villagers so that they can plant more food crops this year.
These 7 children were impacted for Christ through a VBS program organized by Harvest Community Church in Oregon.

7 Souls Reached for Christ

After a week-long Vacation Bible School (VBS), seven students from Faith Learning Center made the decision to commit their lives to Christ. The focus of this VBS was to illustrate the love of God through Old Testament stories culminating with the death and resurrection of Jesus. Karen Lince and Mark Hoth spearheaded this program and they and their Oregon team did an amazing job.



In addition, Mark led two Bible studies during the week that included mentoring the 12 young people who were baptized in August 2018 and then providing the same training for the SEA Partners staff. Now our staff can continue mentoring all 19 kids who have recently given their lives to Christ.
Two teams from Oregon and the SEA Partners’ staff worked together well in providing an outstanding VBS to the children in Boma.
We were all tired after our time in Boma but very thankful to God for His blessing and protection. I also remain very thankful for your prayers and support. Our time in Boma was indeed a true partnership and we are grateful for the Kingdom impact that was the result.


May the God of all things bless you,


Donnie Brake, Ed.D

PS. After being gone for over a month, I realized we have not quite reached our matching gift goal. If you’re able, please give now towards our critical goal of raising $30,000. We need only $ 3410 to complete our matching Gift Program. If you prefer to mail a check, our address is 2230 Morriss Rd, Suite 100-PMB 118, Flower Mound, TX 75028.